awards and accolades

MASC Songwriting Honours!

January 1, 2016

Three songs from “South Branch Road” recognized in prestigious songwriting competition!

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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.

“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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SWRFA Official Alternate Showcase Artist

SWRFA_logoThe 16th Annual Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference will be in Austin, Texas, Sept 23 – 27, 2015. Nancy has been selected to perform an Official Alternates Showcase on Thursday night in front of the entire conference. SWRFA exists to nurture, engage and empower the international folk music community — traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional — through education, advocacy and performance. Nancy will also facilitate a Career Mapping workshop at the conference.

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“I can’t even remember the last time I enjoyed an album this much. It’s beyond extraordinary”

Review by Jonathan Pappalardo

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 Continue reading

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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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The Kelly Girls Are Stirring The Pot In New England!

October 15, 2014

Kelly Girls Group Photo2Moonlit 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!!

Visit The Kelly Girls website for more information and show times.

“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!”

 

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Nancy Wins Popular Vote in IMA’s

August 12, 2014

voxpopuliwinnerlogotransparentOn behalf of The Independent Music Awards and passionate music fans everywhere – it is our pleasure to congratulate Nancy Beaudette on winning in the Holiday Song category for “Silence Tonight” in The IMA 13 Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of The IMAs.

Vox Pop voting began in March when nominations were announced. Our promotional team, partners and many of you, spent the past few months driving fans to The IMA online jukebox to discover and champion this year’s most exceptional Music, Video and Design projects.

The IMAs receive thousands of submissions that represent the diversity of the global indie music scene. Nancy’s nominated work was up against some of the year’s best independent artists and releases – and we’re honored to promote it to new fans around the world.

In addition to bragging rights, as an IMA fan favourite Nancy will receive additional marketing support from The Independent Music Awards. To start, news of this latest achievement is being promoted to print, broadcast and online media outlets; as well as talent buyers, radio programmers, and others.

Congratulations!

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Official QUAD Showcase Artist At NERFA

August 8, 2014

NERFAnerfa is the Northeast Regional afiliate of Folk Alliance International held annually in Kerhonkson, NY. It’s goal is to nurture and support folk music in its many diverse forms.

This year, Nancy Beaudette has been selected too perform an official QUAD showcase.

These showcases are a series of 15-minute performances set for Friday and Saturday evenings, between 9:45 and 11:30.  The Four Quad Showcases take place concurrently in nearby conference rooms equipped with professional sound and production services.

Nancy will also provide ‘planning and goal-setting’ mentoring to attendees during this year’s conference.

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Official Winner of Independent Music Awards – Holiday Song

 June 3, 2014

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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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Great American Song Contest Finalist

April 01, 2014

GASC-logo“Silence Tonight”, a song performed by Artist Nancy Beaudette, written by Nancy Beaudette and Christine Hatch, is named a FINALIST in the Great American Song Contest in “Special Category Music

Exceptional songs were discovered in all categories of the 15th Annual Great American Song Contest. GASC Judges reviewed songs by nearly 1600 songwriters around the world. The high quality of songwriting made the task of choosing winners enjoyable, but very challenging. 

I think this song continues to get recognition because it speaks to everyone’s longing for peace in the world, but especially hits home with Mother’s who have children in the service. At Christmas time, it’s a poignant reminder of our global quest for an end to all conflict“,  says Beaudette. 

In 1999 the Great American Song Contest was announced, quickly gaining a reputation as a “genuinely rewarding song contest that provides opportunities for songwriters to develop and promote their songs.”

In the 15 years that followed the Great American Song Contest established a worldwide reputation as a highly recommended International songwriting event that benefits EVERY songwriter, lyricist and composer who participates.

To watch the Official Video of “Silence Tonight” click here

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13th Annual Independent Music Awards Nomination!

 March 12, 2014

IMA-Nominee-LogoWe are excited to announce that “Silence Tonight” (co-written by Nancy Beaudette and Christine Hatch) has been nominated for “Best Holiday Song” in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards Competition. 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.

Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson, Sharon Jones, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chiddy Bang, Shelby Lynne, Joshua Redman, G. Love, Aoife O’Donovan, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Wood & Oliver Wood, Band Of Skulls, Judy Collins, Raul Midon, Bernie Worrell, Dennis Diken, Arturo Sandoval, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Hillary McAndrew Plate (Lincoln Center) Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), Delphine Robertson (Playtone Productions), Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic), Megan West (SoundCloud) and others.

In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the world have until Friday, July 18, 2014 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected IMA Winners.

The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1 Billion music fans worldwide.

If you would like to VOTE for Nancy and “Silence Tonight”, click here and follow the instructions to register.

To watch the video, click here.

Winners of The 13th IMAs will receive active promotions, distribution and performance opportunities that will place them in front of nearly 1 billion music fans. Artists, managers and labels credit The IMAs with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.

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