‘Last Train Out’ Officially Top 10!

February 28, 2017

Moonlit Pond Records is so pleased to tell you “Last Train Out”, a song penned by Nancy Beaudette and Jim & Lynna Woosley, is officially a TOP TEN SONG on the February 2017 Roots Music Report!

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 2016 release,“Heart and Soul, Blood and Bone”, has garnered top placement on bluegrass, americana and folk radio all across the US and Canada.

It’s a fabulous album, available on itunes or directly from the artist’s website.

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‘Sisters of a Different Skin’ Song Release

January 21, 2017

This past December, Nancy had the amazing privilege of being part of the Lucy Stone Singers, a fabulous group of talented women who said YES when Susan Cattaneo put out the call to be part of the recording of, “Sisters of A Different Skin”.

Susan Cattaneo, is an award-winning songwriter and Berklee professor, and a true advocate for women’s rights around the world. Recalling the inspiration for its creation, she says, “This song started as an a cappella voice memo in my phone. Many recent events in the news inspired me to write this song. It feels like it’s an important time to talk about gender equality and empowerment. I had this image of this chorus of women of all ages, races and musical genres singing it. Fortunately, I’ve worked with many wonderful women in the New England music scene, and they all came together to sing it with me.”

All proceeds from sales of the single will go to Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Please support this important organization and buy the song here!

Sisters Of A Different Skin by The Lucy Stone Singers from Susan Cattaneo on Vimeo.

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Laura Zucker House Concert & SongC.R.A.F.T. Workshop

October 11, 2016

Laura-Zucker-Promo1_HiResHouse Concert
Saturday, October 15th, 2016
7:30 p.m. $15.00

Plus “SongC.R.A.F.T.” Workshop – Finding Your Authentic Voice
Facilitated by Laura Zucker and Nancy Beaudette
Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. $25.00

Reservations required. To book your seat and arrange payment email contact@moonlitpond.com

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.

More about Laura Zucker

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Event Filled Weekend For The Kelly Girls

August 9, 2016

The Kelly Girls - Williamstown2015 copyStarting 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!!

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Last Train Out Arrives Right On Schedule!

July 25, 2016

Screen+Shot+2016-06-25+at+9.18.01+PMWe 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.

It’s a fabulous album, available on itunes or directly from the artist’s website.

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Announcement: Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop With Shawna Caspi

May 31, 2016

ShawnaCaspi2Moonlit Pond Promotions will welcome Canadian singer songwriter Shawna Caspi to Lunenburg, MA on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 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

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Concert Review: Nancy Beaudette & The Kelly Girls in Framingham, Massachusetts

May 01, 2016

TKGsAT2016Jon Pappalardo was in the audience at our recent show and wrote a wonderful review of our performance. It’s so nice to hear praise and kind words for our efforts. Thanks Jon!

“I’ve been a fan of Beaudette’s music for a few years now but I’d yet to see her live until this April 23 concert. I had a feeling the show would be special; her latest album South Branch Road is exquisite, but I didn’t know how far it would exceed my expectations.”

“The cultural immersion kicked into high gear when The Kelly Girls took the stage in the second half. The four-piece Celtic band, of which Beaudette is a part along with Christine Hatch, Aisling Keating and Theresa Gerene, performed songs that traversed centuries, generations and even ancestry.

Their set was richly layered with historical significance and a captivating approachability. They opened strong, with their tight harmonies giving way to infectious fiddle-drenched instrumentation.”

“I came away having witnessed a unique bond between friends making music simply out of passion for the art. The Kelly Girls, the epitome of a tightly in synch ensemble, left me in the best possible place – wanting more and more. If you ever get a chance to see them live, hopefully accompanied with a Beaudette solo set, I’m sure you’ll come away feeling exactly as I did that evening. Make it a point to seek out a performance; I know for sure you won’t regret it.”

Read the entire review here.

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Limelight Magazine Award

We’re pleased to announce that Shanna Jackman will be the recipient of this year’s Unsung Hero Award. This award is given to a musician from New England who has made a significant contribution to the lives of others without asking for anything in return. Shanna’s support of many local military organizations is truly honorable. She has made it her mission to never forget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. (Photo of Shanna by Justin Mayotte)

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A Fairy Tale Life? A Musical Premier!

March 12, 2016

A Fairy Tale Life - Curtain CallThe 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.

For more information about the musical, and for licensing opportunities, email contact@moonlitpond.com. For sound clips and soundtrack details visit Nancy’s website.

 

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New England’s Best Kept Secret in Country Music

shanna jackmanJackman looks to fire up her career opening for Darius Rucker in New Hampshire later this year.

Shanna Jackman is not the traditional country musician. Born, raised and still residing in New England, Jackman’s roots are in the North but her soul is in the South.

Jackman, recently featured in National Country Review for a concert review, talks about how her career has developed.

As a reserve police officer, Jackman started singing in front of crowds in a work capacity. The Chief of Police quickly realized the talent she has. Jackman entered local contests and gained a following. Veterans are a large part of the audience at any of her performances. They connect with her. Shanna knows this and takes the time to thank them before, during, and after her shows.

Jackman tells her origins as a singer and how she travels to Nashville to record. Jackman also shares what it is like traveling to work and how her New England background still manages to sneak into the recording booth. Many readers may be surprised that the New England area has a strong country music following. Jackman reveals how talent local to New England finds ways to broaden the connection of country music in their communities. The secret must be out, Darius Rucker will use Shanna Jackman as one of his opening acts when he visits New Hampshire.

Listen to the full interview here.

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