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
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)
We are delighted to announce that Nancy Beaudette has three new song awards!! SAW proudly presents the Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through education. Founded in 1983, MASC is one of the longest-running contests in the United States, and attracts entries from around the world. Nancy was the only entrant this year to have multiple songs selected by the judges.
“Something Tells Me” – Silver (2nd) in Folk/Acoustic category “Company of Stones” – Honourable Mention in Folk/Acoustic category “You Got It Goin’ On” – Finalist (3rd) in Open category
What happens when over 800 singer songwriters, musicians and music lovers gather under one roof for an entire weekend? Lots of live music of course, and very little sleep! Nancy was among the artists selected to perform an official showcase. Saturday evening in the Bentley Room at the conference centre in Kerkonkson, NY, she gave a flawless performance to a receptive audience. “It was an honour and privilege to have an opportunity to play at this renowned conference.”
It’s official. “Silence Tonight”, co-written by Nancy Beaudette and Christine Hatch, is the WINNER of the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards Best Holiday Song!
Thousands of a songs are submitted in more than 80 IMA categories. The program supports all styles of music as well as specialty categories including Love Song, Holiday Song, Social Action Song, Concept Album, Eclectic Album, Album Re-Issue and EP.
Known for championing original work by artists who follow their own muse, The IMAs provides Winners with performance, promotion and distribution opportunities that will place them in front of music supervisors, talent buyers, record label executives, and most importantly, fans worldwide.
It is official. Nancy is the “People’s Choice” Winner in the International Region of the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. There are six regions (the other five throughout the U.S.), each with ten finalists. Nancy placed 4th overall in the popular vote.
Victoria Vox received the most PC votes among all regional finalists this year. Here is a listing of Winners in all regions:
Nancy Beaudette has once again been selected as “Regional Finalist” in the Mountain Stage New Song Competition. She was the Canadian Regional Finalist in 2009 and 2010 consecutively. Third time is the charm – and you can help her get to the next round! But she needs your support – Please click through and cast your VOTE!
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The song she entered is “Silence Tonight” – a powerful message of the peace all Mother’s long for when their songs and daughters are serving in the military.
Now in its tenth year, it’s one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters across an array of genres, and includes regional rounds. Regional round winners are determined by their submitted material, AS WELL AS their live performance ability as determined by their YouTube videos.
The ‘People’s Choice’ Award winner (the regional finalist who ultimately receives the most votes) will also advance to the ‘Award Round.’ A total of twelve ‘Award Round’ semifinalists will be selected to come to New York to perform in the international ‘Award Round,’ held this year on Saturday, October 19 at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Co-writing is a challenging task. Sometimes it works and other times you just have to chalk it up to experience. Fortunately for the team of Shanna Jackman, Connie Mims and myself, the chemistry is right on the mark. WMRC Radio in Milford Maagrees. “In My Truck” wasrecently selected as ‘the best single’ at its awards night May 18. Shanna will be in Nashville in July to record this and five other songs written by our threesome, and Connie and I will be in the studio to assist. I will let you know when this project is ready to be released!
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.