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.
WDVX in Knoxville is a listener supported radio station housed in the downtown Visitors Center. They play everything from Bluegrass to Celtic and Folk and even throw in a little roots music from other parts of the world offering listeners a variety of specialty shows featuring music you can’t hear anywhere else.
One of the Specialty shows is hosted by Karen E. Reynolds, called “Writer’s Block“. Airing only independent performing songwriters, Karen combines interviews with in studio performances and airing cuts from the artist’s CDs. She created this forum to bring attention to original artists that deserve to be listened to, yet don’t have the benefit of a major label. Nancy Beaudette was her featured guest on September 26th.
WDVX also provides local and regional musicians an outlet for their talents, including the “Blue Plate Special Show” which airs weekdays at noon and on Saturdays WDVX and broadcasts live performances from our studios in downtown Knoxville. Nancy Beaudette was the featured artist at the “Blue Plate Special” on October 2nd.
Yes really. And why not? Iceland may not be on the top of most Artist’s tour list, but it is certainly topping vacation destinations of late. Grindavik is home of the now famous Blue Lagoon Spa, awe inspiring scenic landscape, and majestic coastline. Bryggjan’s Cafe is located in this harbour village and is the town’s hot spot for night life. Nancy had the privilege of touting her Canadiana roots with local residents in September. Icelanders and Canadians have long held a special bond – most evident by the warm reception and hospitality extended to Nancy throughout her visit.
The Bluebird Café turned 30 last week, and an extended celebration ensued with special daily performances from some of music’s biggest artists and songwriters. Beginning Monday, June 4, 2012, numerous homecoming shows, special concerts, guest appearances and events took place at the Cafe, including performances by Kathy Mattea, Crystal Gayle, Vince Gill and numerous hit writers.
The Bluebird Café was originally opened in June of 1982 by Amy Kurland as a restaurant in a small strip center in the Nashville suburb of Green Hills. On a fateful night in 1987, a new artist named Garth Brooks performed at The Bluebird and an executive from Capitol Records happened to be in the audience. The executive took Garth into the kitchen and asked him to come by the label the next day to offer him a deal. Years later, Garth says, “The Bluebird is the beginning and the mecca, the end.” In 2004 Dreamworks Records’ executive Scott Borchetta saw 15-year-old Taylor Swift perform for the first time and invited her to be a part of his new venture – a label to be called Big Machine Label Group.
Over 65,000 people now visit The Bluebird Café annually. It has changed little in appearance, character and purpose over the last 30 years. The small stage still offers the opportunity for budding singers and songwriters to be heard. The Bluebird Café is guaranteed to always provide musical “moments,” and in most cases, only 100 lucky listeners will be in the room to let the rest of the world know what it missed.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Nancy Beaudette will be part of an impressive line up of women’s artists performing at this year’s music festival in Kents Store, Virginia. Amidst 96 wooded acres, CampOut offers facilities and opportunities for groups and individuals to relax and unwind. This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever with performers like The Martine Locke Band and Jamie Anderson – another artist with Canadian ties!
Nancy will also offer a workshop during the festival: “Run Fly Soar” is a motivational program that encourages participants to make the changes in their lives that will enable them to live their dreams. It will take place on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.