July 25th, 2016
I’m so pleased to announce that a song I co-wrote with Jim and Lynna Woosley will be released on August 4th on their new CD, “Heart and Soul, Blood and Bone”. This exceptional CD is the latest installment from this husband-wife duo. The songwriting, musical creativity, guest artists and performances of these original songs is refreshing and powerful.
The inspiration for the song “Last Train Out” came from Lynna’s memories of her mother Elsie. She took the train many times during her youth, and later in life when she fell ill with Alzheimer’s, would ask if it was time for the train. She lost her battle in 2013 but her memory lives on in this song.
Jim and Lynna’s 2014 release, “The Road That Brings You Home” garnered top placement on bluegrass, americana and folk radio all across the US and Canada, and “Heart and Soul, Blood and Bone” is destined to have no less impact on the airwaves and in collectors libraries.
January 1, 2016
Three songs from “South Branch Road” recognized in prestigious songwriting competition!
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
Review by Jonathan Pappalardo
A 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
“Sensitive words are paired with beautiful melodies that will bring a tear to your eye and worm their way into your psyche…
Review by Thomas Thorpe
Canadian-born musician and songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, has once again produced a fine recording that shines a spotlight on the many facets of this multi-talented performer. South Branch Road, named after the South Branch of La Rivière aux Raisins (the Raisin River), which flows into the mighty St. Lawrence between Michigan and her home in Cornwall, Ontaro, is a reflection of her uniquely Canadian view of the world around her. In fact, Nancy penned or co-authored every one of the twelve songs on this recording and each one echoes with the sounds of Canada.
In one moment, she will have you rocking out to a great country number like “Starlight” and in the next she will let your soul soar with her in the words and lovely melody of the title song, “South Branch Road!” She follows with “Company of Stones” a haunting waltz with almost a French Canadian tone. In fact, I would love to hear this song recorded in the future in French. New waltzes are fairly rare these days from acoustic performers, so this one is a special treat.
Nancy uses some great supporting musicians on this recording. A fine example of this talent Continue reading
May 12, 2015
Review by Jenni Peal – Everybody’s Folk Music Blog
A stream rushes alongside a tree-lined country road. A window looks out on a railroad track. Crows gossip above a graveyard. Cherished souvenirs meet odd ends in a vacant house. Kids dream ice hockey fame on frozen ponds. With every song of her newest album South Branch Road, Nancy Beaudette takes listeners to exactly where the action is, into personal stories. Are they all from Beaudette’s own life? Storytellers need not specify, but if you’ve seen her live, she’s told you that many of them are. The way those times felt, what was heard and seen; all of that has gone into the music.
Start listening by clicking here.
Like the time she tried out for the lady’s ice hockey team in college: “college girls out on the ice, suited up under the lights making it look easy … I showed up with my figure skates dull from years of idle waste …” She didn’t make the team, but even trying out was a dream from an earlier time when “we’d meet up at Billy’s place with a stick and a puck and a pair of skates … clear a patch long and wide, drop the puck in center ice …” Oh yes, this Texan gets a shiver from “Shoot to Score,” and also a grin for the heat of competition and pure joy exuded by the song. Be sure to watch the music video below.
Beaudette has a warm, smooth voice and resonant guitar style. Her compositions are full and tasty. And though high-spirits (“Starlight,” “‘Til The Tomatoes Ripen,” “You’ve Got It Going On”) win the day, her story book provides a depth of darker moments. Sensations of coldness Continue reading
May 11, 2015
Thank you so much to everyone who came to celebrate the release of “South Branch Road”! I’m humbled and honoured by your presence and generosity. I have the best friends and fans in the whole world!!!! Thank you to Patty Axford Photography for contributing an awesome exhibition, to Shay McGillivray for the incredible piano playing during the reception, and to The Kelly Girls for joining me on stage for a few tunes! Also a big thanks to Jodi Rachman for being such a great hostess at the Historic Shirley Town Hall. What a great venue!!!! Here is a slideshow with a few highlights of the evening.
The reviews keep coming from the music industry and fans, and I’m delighted with their assessment of “South Branch Road”! In two days, the CD will be officially released in Shirley Center, MA – at the Historical Town Hall.
Come and be part of the excitement!
“Just listened to your cd 2times in a row and it is wonderful….each song I’d think ” this is even better than the previous one”. All very good and am already singing the refrains! Can’t pick a favourite yet but #3 is winning so far…great work” – N. Grant
December 24th, 2014
It has truly been a wonderful year, full of music and friendship, and opportunity. If you haven’t heard the news, I’ve joined a new band called “The Kelly Girls”, and the experience has been a tremendous joy. I’ve also been working on a new recording!!! I think it will be called “South Branch Road”, but that is still being decided. It is my pleasure to teach guitar and ukulele to a number of students in central Massachusetts. This fall I started writing Christmas songs with them. Each week we would work on writing and then recording their hits, and in the end, I produced a nine song compilation CD of their beautiful songs.
Thank you to all of you who care to follow my journey. I feel blessed to call you friends, and wish you all peace and prosperity.
November 20, 2014
‘Tis Almost The Season
Getting a jump on Yuletide festivities!
It’s true, my first guitar only had five strings, I have an unconventional way to prepare a turnip casserole, and skating on a moonlit pond is one of my favourite things about winter. I’ve wrapped these and other stories around the songs on “Fa La La” – my Christmas CD – and you get to hear all of them firsthand a my live shows.
I hope you’ll join me for one of these ‘get you in the mood’ events.
Fri. December 5th
8:00 pm Amazing Things Arts Center – Framingham, MA
The Show will feature award winning bluegrass songwriter Dawn Kenney, and the highly entertaining “The Kelly Girls” – with their own brand of Irish, Canadian and American music. I’ll be accompanied by Steve Rapson and Scott Rossley. Click here for tickets!
Sat. December 6th
7:30 pm – St Andrews United Church – Williamstown, ON
Thrilled to be putting on a show for my friends and family at home! I’ll have a special guest at the show, and I’m excited to have Pamela Cumming accompany me on violin! Get your tickets the night of the show – and bring your friends! We’re going to have a great time!