The Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation Announces The 2020 Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition Finalists

The Finalist Concert for the GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING COMPETITION FOR EMERGING SONGWRITERS will be held during the 49th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival Oct. 8 – 18, 2020. Out of a more than 700 entries, 24 songwriters have been selected as Finalists. The 24 Finalists will perform at the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists Concerts on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9th & 10th. During the evening Kennedy Theater show, Oct. 10th, the 6 New Folk Winners will be announced. The following day, Sunday Oct. 11th, the 6 New Folk Award Winners will each play 20-minute sets of original material during the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners Concert. All New Folk concerts will be staged at the Threadgill Theater from 1-4 PM in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds, 9 miles south of the city of Kerrville on TX Hwy 16. All 24 New Folk Finalists will receive prizes, the 6 New Folk Award Winners will receive additional prizes including $650 in prize money! 

Nancy Beaudette, along with contemporaries Susan CattaneoLouise Mosrie CoombeClint Alphin, are all finalists. For the complete list, click here.

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Great American Song Contest Finalists

New Moonlit Pond Records Artist – Jan Blaising – has been writing with Nancy Beaudette for a couple of years now.  Currently, Nancy (along with collegue Connie Mims) is co-producing her first CD. “It’s a real joy to watch Jan blossom as a songwriter and even a bigger thrill to have seen her reaction when I told her she won a songwriting award!” 

Last spring they wrote an incredible song together about Jan’s mother, a woman who grew up on the west coast and then moved to the central plains to take up residence as a minister’s wife.

Nancy secretly entered “Mountains Tops and Oceans” in the Christian/Inspirational category of the Great American Song Contest last fall, and March 31, 2020, it was named 2nd Place Finalist. 

The CD, which will be called, “Faith, Hope and Love”, will be released in the coming months. Moonlit Pond Records is really excited for you to hear all of the songs included on this project. We will keep you posted.

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River Nile Video Release

Nancy Beaudette traveled to Egypt in 2018. She was captivated by the beauty of the land, the Egyptian people, and of course, all the mystery and intrigue surrounding their ancient culture. She wrote the song “River Nile” and created this video to try and capture a bit of her experience while visiting this amazing country. 

I traveled to Egypt in 2018 and was immediately captivated by the beauty of the land, the Egyptian people, and of course, all the mystery and intrigue surrounding their ancient culture. I wrote "River Nile" and created this video to try and capture a bit of my experience while visiting this amazing country. An ancient riverTwists and windsIn a current of Of years gone byIn mud and siltAnd waters deepWhispers wadeAnd secrets sleepOnward it flowsOut to the seaThrough desert sandIt ebbs and weavesCarving the land Thousands of milesRiver NileOver the banksLaborers tireLaying the stonesHigher and higherTombs adornedIn lapis and goldAnd lingering scentOf jasmine and roseWho will rememberMy life and creedNo statue or templeNoting my deedsBut a river I’ll crossWhen this journey endsBack to the watersI’ll go again

Posted by Nancy Beaudette on Thursday, March 19, 2020
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The Kelly Girls on Tour

UPDATE: Shows have been cancelled or postponed due to Corvid19. Stay safe! Wash your hands!! 

March is always high holiday for The Kelly Girls! We hope we’ll see you at one of these shows this month. The Bull Run Restaurant Concert is always a highlight! Get your tickets Now

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Artist Residency in Fiji

Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring an Artist Residency program in Fiji.

After a month long songwriter retreat at Safe Landing Eco Lodge on Nacula Island, MPR artist Nancy Beaudette has made arrangement with the Lodge owners to welcome other songwriters and artists to experience the creative energy in Fiji too. 

Artistin-residence programs give Creatives the opportunity to live and work outside of their usual environments, providing them with time to reflect, research, or produce work. The experience often times has long term effects on the their life and work.

If you, or an musician/artist you know, is interested in an experiencial travel and retreat opportunity, get more information and apply here.

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Kerrville North 2020 Line Up

On January 16, 2020 Kerrville North presents: Teghan Devon, Eric Kilburn along with host Nancy Beaudette.

We have an incredible line up for the first six months of our 2020 Kerrville North Songwriter Series. Every third Thursday of the month, three songwriters will share the Ballroom Stage at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA. The series is hosted by award-winning songwriter Nancy Beaudette. 

“Kerrville North – Singer Songwriter Series” includes artists who have been finalists or winners in the esteemed Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriter Competition, held annually as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas since 1972.  

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Nancy At Folk Stage Chicago

Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert featuring some of the best traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be heard Saturday’s at 8 PM on WFMT, immediately preceding The Midnight Special.

Nancy Beaudette will be in the studio on Saturday, November 23rd.

About 26 concerts per year are broadcast live from our studio in front of an audience. The remainder of the concerts are from our archives that stretch back 55 years, recent recordings made in the Chicago area, live broadcasts from the Old Town School of Folk Music, or recorded portions of our live studio concerts that were not previously broadcast.

The series is totally listener funded, and made possible in part by Nancy Clark, Andy & Becky Anderson, Freddi Greenberg & Dan Pinkert, an Anonymous Family Foundation and the members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.

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Kerrville North in Massachusetts

Moonlit Pond Records is excited to announce a new partnership with The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA. “Kerrville North – Singer Songwriter Series” will include artists who have been finalists or winners in the esteemed Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriter Competition, held annually as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas since 1972.  

The 2020 dates are currently being worked on and we will announce new performances as they are confirmed. 

 

On November 13, 2019, the series premiers with: Susan Cattaneo  (Finalist 2015 & 2018), Jordi Baizan (Finalist 2019), and Nancy Beaudette  (Finalist 2019). 

Tickets are on sale now at The Bull Run.

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For Grammy Consideration

Louisa Branscomb‘s 2019 release is a contender in the first round of voting for a Grammy. She is nominated in two catagories, Best Bluegrass Album and Best American Roots Performance

This is a spectacular recording which is currently at the top of the bluegrass and roots music charts.  We are really proud to have one of Nancy’s songs included on this recording! “End of the Line” was co-written by Louisa Branscomb and Nancy Beaudette, and features the vocals of two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller.

Bests of luck and may the Grammy winds be in your favour!

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“End Of The Line” Is Just The Beginning!

Nancy Beaudette met Louisa Branscomb at a festival a few years back, and they’ve been friends and co-writers ever since. We are thrilled to tell you their song “End Of The Line” is included on Louisa’s new CD release, “Gonna Love Anyway”.

Bluegrass fans will surely know the song, “Steel Rails”, recorded by Alison Krauss in 1990 which was a billboard success and went on to earn her a grammy. That song was written by Louisa and helped to propel her songwriting career to what it is today – she has either won or has been  nominated for the industries most prestigious bluegrass awards.

This album features a new version of “Steel Rails” and a phenomenal group of singers and instrumentalists, like Tina Adair, Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Brown, and many more, all performing their versions of Branscomb’s songs. Two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller takes the lead vocals on “End of the Line”.

Co-producer Missy Raines helped select the songs for the album and explains, “We took a designer approach to thinking of who we felt best matched each song.”

There is a wonderful theme of ‘trains’ that rolls through this project. In Louisa’s own words, “Trains know where they are going. They are going to take every bend, it’s just the way it is. They go through it all– the mountains, deserts, seaboard cities, deserted farms, hobo camps. They carry people to their dreams, their homes, and their deaths. They are courageous in their power and in their giving in. Even with all that iron and steel and fire, they accept. They surrender to the track, to what lies ahead.They are hope, wisdom, and courage.”           

We sincerely hope you’ll get yourself a copy of “Gonna Love Anyway”, and especially have a listen to “End of the Line”, appropriately placed as the last cut on the album, but certainly not the least among this superb song collection.

Louisa Branscomb, Becky Buller, Missy Raines & Russell Moore.
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