This book is focused on the ‘craft’ of songwriting and the care and nurturing of your ‘creative being’. Intended for both novice and experienced songwriters, “SongC.R.A.F.T.– Writing In Your Authentic Voice” is an invitation to dig deep into your personal memories and experiences and write in your most vulnerable, courageous voice.
Nurture your creative process
Learn to find ideas from personal experiences
Write fabulous and meaningful songs
Find out why having a special creative room is important
Recognize and avoid common mistakes
How to find an audience to perform your song to
Leave the critic behind and write your best work
Award-winning songwriters and authors, Nancy BeaudetteandLaura Zucker, will guide you through a series of exercises and reflections which will help you write a song lyric by the end of the book. Nancy and Laura have been using the “SongC.R.A.F.T.” method throughout their professional careers, and teach this process to writers across the country.
Forward by Berklee College of Music Songwriting Professor – Susan Cattaneo.
The Kerrville Folk Festival is held at the Quiet Valley Ranch in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and is celebrated by a community who considers itself family, returning year after year since 1972. During the 18-day Festival, as many as 30,000 guests come from all over the world to experience the magic we simply call “Kerrville”. Even so, each evening’s performances are attended by 800 to 3,000 guests, making everyone’s experience feel intimate.
The highlight for performing songwriters is their annual Grassy Hill New Folk Competition and this year Nancy Beaudette is among the thirty-two finalists. Sixteen of the finalists will perform at the New Folk Concert on Saturday, May 25, and the other sixteen on Sunday, May 26. This is the 48th year for New Folk and these concerts are always one of the highlights of the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Best of luck to all the finalists! You are all already winners!
Moonlit Pond is delighted to present The Kelly Girl’s original song and first official video, “Daffodils”, inspired by the poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” by William Wordsworth. Band members Aisling Keating and Nancy Beaudette collaborated on the writing of this song, adapting the poem to an upbeat melody and adding a very happy jig! The song is included on their CD, “May You Always”, available online at iTunes, Spotify.
We hope you find fields of joy every day of the year.
From the first few bars at the very first rehearsal, The Kelly Girls knew a recording project would be in their future. 2017 is the year they made it happen. After months of arranging, recording, and mixing, the CD is complete!
Its unofficial release happened this past Friday night during their Celtic Christmas Show at the Bull Run Restaurant to an enthusiastic and celebratory audience. The reviews are just starting to come in, and the word on the street is beyond our wildest expectations!
“Wow! Wow! Wow! Made me cry, gave me chills, and had me dancing around the kitchen while I made cookies. And that’s before it was even over! Highly recommended.” – P. Kenneally
The album has thirteen songs, seven of which are Kelly Girl originals! “Molly Kool”, written by Nancy Beaudette, honours the first North American woman to receive her Master Mariner papers back in 1939. “Last Rose of Summer” was penned by Christine Hatch and is a touching ballad about a mother’s legacy. “Barney’s Shenanigans” and “Barney Get Home” are jigs inspired by the antics of Aisling Keating’s cat! Melinda Kerwin’s beautiful melody “Another Goodnight” along with Nancy’s lyric, lament the heartache of young lovers going their separate ways. The title track, “May You Always”, performed by Chris and written by Nancy, invokes blessings and good wishes for a happy life.
Every song on the CD was thoughtfully arranged and produced with our audience in mind. We sincerely hope you enjoy the collection of songs we present on “May You Always”.
Music has the power to speak directly to the heart. It can inspire enlightened awareness and lovingly empower us to see and treat each other as brother and sister. When our souls know such liberation, war as we know it will end and peace on earth will prevail.
The Global Peace Song Awards serves as a search for our world’s most enlightened musicians and songs that can guide the way to peace on earth.
Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce that “Peace Date”, co-written by Nancy Beaudette & Nur Felix, is a Finalist in this year’s competition.
The OFFICIAL WINNERs will be announced on SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – UN International Day of Peace.
Nancy Beaudette met Susan Cattaneo in Austin a couple of years ago, a fate which would result in collaboration and friendship. “We’ve co-authored a number of songs to date, but perhaps the most precious was our first, ‘Fade To Blue'”, says Nancy.
We’re thrilled to let you know that Susan included the song on her ‘double-album’ project, “The Heart and The Hammer” which was released this month. Nancy both sings and plays guitar on the track with Susan.
From the first cut to the last, this is an exceptional CD. The songwriting is flawless and Susan’s voice is superb. We hope you’ll add this to your music collection.
“No matter what happens around me, there is an incredible amount of joy in making music with people I love. And that’s what this album is all about: sharing all those different musical experiences and collaborations with you.” – Susan Cattaneo
“Company of Stones” was inspired by Nancy’s familial roots, both French and Irish. “My ancestors have given me such a great gift and I feel honoured to carry on their legacy. I recently had my DNA tested and it’s pretty much spot on with my assumption that I’m a happy mix of UK/Ireland and Western Europe – presumably France. Their struggles and successes are part of me for better or for worse.” Company of Stones was recognized in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest along with other songs from her collection “South Branch Road”. Buy the CD on Nancy’s website or download on iTunes today.
“Peace Date” was inspired by an experience I had walking down the street in Cape Town, South Africa this past January. I saw a street vendor singing and smiling, obviously so happy that I had to engage him. I asked what he was singing about and he pointed to the sky saying, “We are light in the darkness.” Nur and I took it from there. Nur Felix is an incredible songwriter/artist from Cape Town and I was honoured to co-write this song with him. Help us spread the message around the world.
You can also buy the MP3 – and when you do, every single penny raised will go towards helping Nur finish recording his CD. Follow this link to donate: http://moonlitpond.com/peace-date/
Starting with an outdoor concert on Friday, August 12th, on the green in Shirley Center, MA, The Kelly Girls will be part of the Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Shirley Charitable Foundation. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, or purchase snacks from venders.
On Saturday, August 13th, head on over to the Bolton Fair in Lancaster, MA. The Girls will take the stage in the Pavilion Tent from 2pm to 4pm. There are tons of fun things to do at the Fair, so come early and stay late!
We’ll be packing up quick and jumping in our vehicles for a private gig in Vermont directly after playing at the Fair. Busy gig weekend, but The Kelly Girls would have it no other way.
Do you have a private affair that needs some celtic entertainment? Let us know!!
We are pleased to announce that a song Nancy Beaudette co-wrote with Jim and Lynna Woosley will be released on August 4th on their new CD, “Heart and Soul, Blood and Bone”. This exceptional CD is the latest installment from this husband-wife duo. The songwriting, musical creativity, guest artists and performances of these original songs is refreshing and powerful.
The inspiration for the song “Last Train Out” came from Lynna’s memories of her mother Elsie. She took the train many times during her youth, and later in life when she fell ill with Alzheimer’s, would ask if it was time for the train. She lost her battle in 2013 but her memory lives on in this song.
Jim and Lynna’s 2014 release, “The Road That Brings You Home” garnered top placement on bluegrass, americana and folk radio all across the US and Canada, and “Heart and Soul, Blood and Bone” is destined to have no less impact on the airwaves and in collectors libraries.