Well, where do I begin? A friend and I were the winners of 2 tickets to go spend a wonderful evening, starting with original songs by Nancy Beaudette, whose lyrics and guitar playing always move me. She sets the tone, with her friendly, smiling, welcoming stage presence, making the audience feel comfortable, relaxed, at home. Then enter the rest of the Entourage, equally at ease, friendly and fun. These gals can play, with tremendous virtuosity, humor, and skill. They manage to breeze thru tongue twisting sea shanties, ballads, and rousing drinking songs with ease, and never fail to lift your spirits, with brilliant harmonies. Chris Hatch especially showed her skills; it seemed she picked up a different instrument for each song, be it banjo, bodhran, guitar, harmonica, you name it, she can play it! These women are quite genuine with their Celtic/Irish/Scottish ditties, and equally adept at every other genre they take up. I was especially moved by the song, “Will You Go, Lassie, Go?”. Reminiscent of expert groups of the ’70’s, like The Shaw Brothers, Clancy Brothers, and what fun that this is an all-gal group. I look forward to their upcoming CD and hope there will be an opportunity for advanced sales. Thanks so much, Darlin’s, for a delightfully enjoyable evening! MORE MORE! Encore!
Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. She’s a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition in Texas, a 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and has received numerous accolades and awards from organizations around the world.
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!!
Moonlit Pond Promotions will welcome Canadian singer songwriter Shawna Caspi to Lunenburg, MA on Thursday, June 16, 2016at 7:30 pm for a fingerstyle guitar workshop. We met Shawna a couple of years ago at SERFA (South East Regional Folk Alliance Conference) near Ashville, NC, and loved her warm, cheerful presence and uber talent. We’re thrilled that she will be extending her spring U.S. tour to include a workshop for the musical community here in Worcester County. For registration details follow this link: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop
The world premier of “A Fairy Tale Life? A Musical” was held at Luther Burbank Middle School in Lancaster, MA on Friday, March 11, 2016, to a full house and jubilant cast and crew.
Award winning Canadian singer and songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, and writer and playwright, Paula Castner, have combined their talents to produce a whimsical play about teenage angst and the role of choices. Ebullient, thoughtful songs and embellished, realistic characters make for an entertaining amalgamation.
Four high school students – Josh, Marissa, Brian, and Kelly – wrestle with dating, making friends, desires versus limitations, and self-esteem. All the while, the Fairy Godmother has brought the Evil Queen to watch the teenage dramas unfold as part of the Evil Queen’s rehabilitation for putting Snow White to sleep. Josh, Marissa, Brian, and Kelly wish their lives could match the fairy tales they grew up listening to, and the Evil Queen blames Snow White for all her problems. How all five come to learn lessons about living will regale audiences of all ages.
Another in a series of features about BCMFest 2016 that will be appearing in this blog right up until the festival (January 8 and 9, if it’s not on your calendar yet), so as to better acquaint you with the events, activities and personalities that make up BCMFest.
If you go to a Celtic music festival with the hope — no, make that the expectation — of being able to join in a song or two, well, you should get yourself to The Attic at 1 p.m. during BCMFest’s Dayfest (January 9): That’s when The Kelly Girls and òran mór will lead a good hour’s worth of sing-along songs.
The Kelly Girls have got their green on and are ready to raise the thermostat with winter-weary New Englanders! Irish heritage in the great State of Massachusetts runs deep and proud, and though celebrated all year round, none can compare to the blarney bashes around St Paddy’s Day. Come raise a glass with TKG’s at one of these fine events:
Moonlit Pond Productions is pleased to announce that Nancy Beaudette has teamed up with three other amazing women to create “The Kelly Girls”. “It’s so fun to collaborate with other musicians, and we’re having the time of our lives!” says Nancy. Her musical roots were established in gigs and reels, accompanying her Grandfather on guitar as he played fiddle from the time she was a young girl. “This feels like a natural place to be”.
Also in TKG’s are Theresa Gerene, Aisling Keating and Christine Hatch, all well established musicians and performers.
Nancy will continue to book and play solo shows along with being a member of The Kelly Girls. Twice the chance of seeing her play live!!
“The Kelly Girls are a lively and talented four piece all female band. Enjoy our rousing Irish, American and Canadian tunes, ballads, folk and pub songs. We play fiddle, banjo, bodhran, tin-whistle, ukulele, guitar and mandolin. All the girls have been performing in New England, Canada and Ireland for many years for all kinds of parties, weddings, festivals, and special occasions and we love to take our music on the road! We’ll bring the party to you. Kick up your heels, dance, clap and sing a long with The Kelly Girls!”
Mark April 18th, 2013 on your calendars and ‘get ye down to ye ol’ Bull Run‘ in Shirley Massachusetts for a special show featuring Nashville Songwriter and Grammy winner Jon Vezner – and a guest appearance by Nancy. “Jon’s a really sensitive writer and a witty guy. I love his songs, the sad ones and the humorous ones. He’s got a pretty dry funny bone!” says Nancy. Back in 2008, the pair penned a poignant ballad called “It Finally Took Losing You” at Vezner’s studio in Nashville, but this is the first time they will share a stage.
The Bull Run is a 300-year old tavern that oozes charm and casual elegance. It was originally a stagecoach stop where tired and thirsty travellers could stop, rest, and relax with their boots off if they wished to. The Tavern now plays host to a prestigious concert series which attracts national touring acts.
The night before the concert, Nancy’s label “Moonlit Pond Records” will host a songwriting workshop with Jon at the helm. The local songwriting community are invited to come and present one of their songs to Jon for feedback. The workshop is Wednesday, April 17th from 7:30 to 10:30 in Lunenburg, MA. The cost is $20 per person, or $15 if you buy a ticket to the concert on the 18th.