March 24, 2018
The Kelly Girls pulled out all stops to make St Patrick’s Day 2018 the best on the books. The Girls played in libraries, pubs and concert halls throughout March and the audiences turned out in droves! Here at Moonlit Pond Records, we’re very proud of the band and their high energy show and fun-loving spirit. Let’s do it all again next year!
Check out their website for upcoming shows and festival appearances!
Posted on January 15, 2018by The BCMFest Blog
Another in a series of features about BCMFest 2018 that will be appearing in this blog right up until the festival (January 18-21), so as to better acquaint you with the events, activities and personalities that make up BCMFest, which is marking its 15th anniversary.
It’s all well and good to sit and listen to music, and you’ll get plenty of chances to do that at BCMFest. But Celtic music was made for sing-alongs, and you’ll have two special opportunities to raise your voice during Saturday Dayfest (January 20): First, with the Boston Harbor Bhoys at noon; and then at 4:45 p.m. with The Kelly Girls.
Q: Based on your long experience, do you think most people actually do like to sing — even if they say they can’t?
EDDIE: Yes! When we can get an audience singing, it really doesn’t matter how good you sound. It’s about the community of it, the participation. We think that on some level, most people like to sing.
AISLING: We absolutely believe that people want to sing along! Sometimes audiences tend be a bit shy, so we always find it most successful when we invite and entice them to join in. We like to teach the audience a chorus on an original tune that they might not be so familiar with, or just let them chime in on a song that is more familiar. Sharing music is a beautiful experience that creates an amazing connection between audience and performers and there is nothing more wonderful than when everyone lifts their voices to the rafters.
Q: If you have an audience that seems reluctant to join in, do you have any special techniques or shticks to get them singing?
AISLING: The best technique is simply to invite and encourage folks to join in! We love to have fun and connect with our audience. Us having fun, puts our audience at ease.
EDDIE: Sometimes shaming them into it works! Some people may be reluctant because they don’t know the words, so we encourage them to sing “la la la” if they don’t know it. And if an audience truly does not want to participate, well…you have to know when to give up, too. Sometimes they just prefer to listen.
Or, we can always launch into “Piano Man.” You can’t not sing along to that one!
Q: Obviously, with sing-alongs one tends to rely on songs that are likely to be familiar to most, but do you enjoy teaching songs that are maybe a little off the beaten track, too? What ones fall into that category?
EDDIE: It can be fun to teach something that the crowd might be less familiar with. We like to have the audience sing the “Day-I-Ay-I-Ay” parts of “The Galway Girl,” which is something they may not be used to. We seem to teach more hand clapping parts than singing parts (“Whiskey in the Jar,” “Wild Rover,” “Finnegan’s Wake”).
AISLING: We love to teach an audience a new song, particularly a band original.
Q: Off the top of your head, what are three songs you do that pretty much everybody will sing along to?
AISLING: We have songs old and new, original and traditional, that strike a balance with our audience feeling one minute they want to be quiet to listen to the story, the lyrics and harmonies, and then the next minute they want to sing and clap and join in! We perform original songs that have a hooky chorus like “Molly Kool” and audiences jump right in. And we sing some classic songs like ” Wild Mountain Thyme” or “Old Maid in the Garret” which always prompt a sing-along.
EDDIE: It depends on the audience. “The Wild Rover” is one that even non-Irish music crowds will seem to know. “Black Velvet Band” is another. When performing for seniors, we generally do a medley of old-time Irish-American songs specifically designed for singing along, including songs like “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral.” That gets everyone going.
And of course, there’s always “Piano Man,” but only if we have no other choice.
April 10, 2017
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!
October 11, 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
August 9, 2016
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!!
May 31, 2016
Moonlit 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
March 12, 2016
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.