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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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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MASC Songwriting Honors for Beaudette

January 3, 2016

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.

MASC-logo-770x433“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

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Nancy Beaudette Showcases In Austin

September 28. 2015

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Nancy Beaudette, Mark Viator, Susan Maxey, Rob Lytle
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The 16th annual Southwest Folk Alliance Conference was held September 23rd to 27th in Austin, Texas, and artists, songwriters and presenters from far and wide gathered to celebrate music and friendship. Nancy was chosen as an Official Artist to showcase in the Alternates Round on Thursday evening, joining an esteemed line up of talent, and setting the tone to what would be a brilliant weekend of performances all around.

Even though the Thursday night jamming went into the wee hours of the morning, the Elm Room was filled on Friday morning for Nancy’s workshop, “Envisioning The Life You Want”. Its focus was on creating a five year plan, creating the change necessary to achieve goals all the while being mindful of the unique gift each and everyone of us brings to the world. Lively discussion ensued and even a few touching tears were shed by attendees.

Moonlit Pond Records sincerely commends and thanks the SWRFA team for producing a top notch, heart rousing, awe inspiring conference! We’ll be back!

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Matt Stone, Nancy Beaudette, Robert Bobby, Jen Hajj
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“I can’t even remember the last time I enjoyed an album this much. It’s beyond extraordinary”

June 25, 2015

Jonathan PappalardoA virtue of the independent music scene is the joy in discovering artists for which the act of creating music is a deeply personal art. Nancy Beaudette, who hails from Cornwall, Ontario, but has made a name for herself in Central Massachusetts, is one such singer-songwriter. With South Branch Road, her eighth release, Beaudette’s homespun tales are the most fully realized of her nearly three-decade career.

The gorgeous title track, where the gentle strums of an acoustic guitar frame Beaudette’s elegant ode to her childhood, is a perfect example:

“I fell in love with tar and stone, And a county lined with maple and oak, In sixty-one with three kids in tow, Mom and dad bought a place there and made it home, I spent my summers on a steel blue bike, Weaving shoulder to shoulder like wind in a kite, Dreaming big and reaching high, Riding further and further out on my own”

The image of a girl and her bike surfaces again on “Ride On,” a wispy Read more

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Nancy Beaudette Releases New CD

March 31, 2015

CD400_outBlending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours. Her new CD, “South Branch Road”, delves into those roots, weaving a nostalgic past into lush songs of familial history, good-humored folly and poignant observations of life and loss.

Order your copy of “South Branch Road” today. Available on Nancy’s website in both physical and digital forms. Also available for download on CDBaby and itunes.

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Company of Stones

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Nancy Performs In Official NERFA Showcase

November 17th, 2014

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.”

Photos by Dan Tappan Photography

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13th Annual Independent Music Awards WINNER!

 

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June 3, 2014

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.

Watch the “Silence Tonight” video here.

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Four Star Review For Nancy’s Christmas CD!

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Amidst the flurry of standards heard each December, it’s always a treat when an artist gifts us with a collection of original tunes celebrating the holidays.  Singer-Songwriter Nancy Beaudette, who hails from Cornwall, Ontario but also plays regularly in Massachusetts, has done just that with her self-penned Fa La La.

Beaudette brings her homespun charm to this nine-song collection weaving her folk, country, and singer-songwriter sensibilities around these tales, which are both personal and festive, and work beautifully with her smoky voice. It’s unlikely you’ll hear a more intimate set of holiday tunes released this year.

The album opens with the effervescent title track, where the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar pairs beautifully with vibrant ribbons of mandolin. “Fa La La” is an infectious sing-along accented with everyone’s favorite traditions – getting a tree, hangingstockings, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, wishing for snow, etc. “Most of All Baby (I Want You)” follows Read more

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NewSong International Region ‘People’s Choice’ Winner!

September 21, 2013

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.

Newsong-Contest People's Choice 2013 IR Winner2Victoria Vox received the most PC votes among all regional finalists this year. Here is a listing of Winners in all regions:

International Round – Nancy Beaudette
Midwest Round – Rachael Kilgour
Northeast – Victoria Vox (also overall winner)
Southeast – Nick Flora
Southwest – Otter Creek
West – Tiff Jimber

Mountain Stage NewSong Contest: Now in its tenth year, it’s one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters across the United States, Canada and Internationally.

Congratulations to Victoria and all the Regional Winners! Thank you to everyone of Nancy’s friends and fans who voted and showed their support.

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