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Susan Cattaneo’s CD “The Heart & The Hammer” Release

June 20, 2017

I met Susan Cattaneo in Austin a couple of years ago and I think we both instinctively knew we’d have a future together – songwriting future, that is! We’ve co-authored a number of songs to date, but perhaps the most precious was our first, “Fade To Blue”.

I’m thrilled to let you know that Susan included the song on her ‘double-album’ project, “The Heart and The Hammer” which was released this month. I’m also thrilled to have had the opportunity to both sing and play guitar on the recording.

From the first cut to the last, this is an exceptional CD. The songwriting is flawless and Susan’s voice is superb. I hope you’ll add this to your music collection.

“No matter what happens around me, there is an incredible amount of joy in making music with people I love. And that’s what this album is all about: sharing all those different musical experiences and collaborations with you.” – Susan Cattaneo

Visit www.susancattaneo.com to learn more!

 

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Peace Date – The Making

The Back Story

Experiential travel and writing retreat. That’s what I call it. A month away, somewhere in the world, where I can learn about a new culture, engage with locals, and write to my heart’s content. I selected Cape Town, SA rather intuitively. It wasn’t on the top of my travel bucket list, though over the years, the country has been on my radar. Apartheid first came to my attention back in the eighties with movies like “Cry Freedom” and the name Nelson Mandela so often being mentioned in the news. Years later I read “Long Walk To Freedom“, Mandela’s autobiography, and was captivated by his peaceful resistance and inspired leadership throughout the great struggle of South Africa. The fact is, their struggle is our struggle. Maybe I was drawn to travel there because of our common humanity, and my innate belief that we are all one.
After some research, the metaphorical dart hit Observatory, a suburb affectionately known as Obs, situated on the north-facing lower slopes of Devil’s Peak. The University of Cape Town is nearby, as well as the South African Astronomical Observatory, making this quite a hip place to hang out. I found the perfect home to share on AirBnB; Kali and her daughter Sienna were fabulous hosts. They had a guitar for me to borrow, and after restringing it, the muse took care of the rest.

One Saturday evening, Kali spontaneously hosted a house concert for me, and Nur Felix was one of our guests. We hit it off immediately and agreed to meet on Monday to write together. That’s when “Peace Date” was born. The inspiration for the song came from a conversation I had with a street vendor in Obs a few days earlier. As I approached, I could see him dancing and singing, smiling from ear to ear. I held out my hand to shake his, but we ended up embracing instead. This beautiful, black man, pointed to the sky and simply said, “We are light in the darkness“. Of course those words were familiar to me, and in fact wrote the song “Light of the World” way back in ’78. But this day, in this town, in this country, with the state of chaos in the world, the words had a completely different meaning. Thankfully, Nur and I were on the same page, and able to write a song with a message the world desperately wants to hear.

Garageband on my iPad, a Tascam interface, condenser mic and cables were all in my suitcase. This little recording rig is what I used to capture all the tracks. The recording environments were noisier than I would have liked, but we still got the job done. Nur and I each recorded guitar tracks and our vocals. We knew a choir would be the icing on the cake, so we called a few friends over to Kali’s one evening to sing the chorus. One of those friends was my housemate for two weeks, Etienne, a visitor from Belgium, a fun-loving joker who became a traveling companion during my time there. They did a great job, but it still needed more. It needed children’s voices.
The next challenge was to find a Township school willing to let us visit and work with their students. Nur suggested Manenberg Primary School in Manenberg on the Western Cape. It is a ‘coloured’ community. The townships were divided by race – black or coloured – non-whites who don’t fit the black profile. They make up about 10% of the population in South Africa, ancestors of slaves mostly from India and Indonesia. The school’s principle was delighted to have us come and gave us all the time we needed with the kids. These youngsters were so enthusiastic and wonderfully talented. After we finished recording, they insisted on putting on their own talent show for us! It was an ace day.

The following day, I left Cape Town for Johannesburg, and an eight-hour drive north to Kruger National Park to see the wildlife. Absolutely incredible to experience elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, and so many other animals in their natural habitat. One of my safari guides told me he loved music and loved to sing. Along with recording one of his original hymns, Elias Smily became another voice on the Peace Date recording. He had never before heard his voice recorded. The joy in this man’s eyes I will never forget.

 

Home to my recording studio to complete editing and mixing our tracks. My talented friend Scott Rossley added a bass guitar track which really helped complete the song. While I was finishing the mix, Nur was editing all the video we had collected. What you see and hear now is the fruit of our labour. This is our song, it is your song. In a world on the cusp of violence, let’s chose today, and every day, to make a “Peace Date“.

Nancy

p.s. A note about Nur Felix. He is an extraordinary young, talented man. His music needs to be heard. Moonlit Pond Records has signed up to support his efforts, and we hope you’ll help out too. He is about $1000 short to finish recording his CD. North American money goes a long, long way in South Africa. It will probably take him another five or ten years to come up with this kind of money. Please donate to the cause if you can. Even $10.00 will help. And not only will you receive a Peace Date download, you’ll get a digital copy of the CD when it’s finished.






 
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“Peace Date” Video Release Day!

April 21, 2017

“Peace Date” was inspired by an experience I had walking down the street in Cape Town, South Africa this past January. I saw a street vendor singing and smiling, obviously so happy that I had to engage him. I asked what he was singing about and he pointed to the sky saying, “We are light in the darkness.” Nur and I took it from there. Nur Felix is an incredible songwriter/artist from Cape Town and I was honoured to co-write this song with him. Help us spread the message around the world.

You can also buy the MP3 – and when you do, every single penny raised will go towards helping Nur finish recording his CD. Follow this link to donate: http://moonlitpond.com/peace-date

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September Tour

August 22, 2016

Check out Nancy’s Tour Page for details on concerts throughout September and into October.

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Last Train Out is First In Our Books!

July 25th, 2016

Screen+Shot+2016-06-25+at+9.18.01+PMI’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.

It’s a fabulous album, available on itunes or directly from the artist’s website.

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Concert Review: Nancy Beaudette & The Kelly Girls in Framingham, Massachusetts

May 01, 2016


TheKellyGirls3Jon 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 14, 2016

A Fairy Tale Life - Curtain CallThe world premier of “A Fairy Tale Life? A Middle School 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 Fairy Tale Life? website.

Listen to the Soundtrack

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February Tour in San Francisco Area

February 22, 2016

Laura&NancyFeb2016Just a hop, skip and jump to the other side of the continent with guitar in hand and songs to sing. Please pass along word of these shows to your friends and relatives in the San Francisco area. Laura Zucker is a fabulous singer/songwriter and I’m thrilled to be sharing these shows with her.

Friday, February 26, 2016
High Street Station
1303 High Street, Alameda, CA
7:30 p.m. $10.00

Saturday, February 27, 2016
The Big Room
81 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, CA
8:00 p.m. $15.00

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Gearing Up For St Paddy’s Day

January 30th, 2016

Finnegan's Pub 2016The Kelly Girls are polishing up the fiddle and banjo – and all the other instruments too – and breaking out your favourite St Patrick’s Day tunes. On Thursday, March 17th, you’ll find us at Finnegan’s Pub in Hudson, MA. We’ll start the party at 12:00 Noon and play through until 11:00 p.m. Yup. All day. Come sing along, have a pint and some Irish grub. Gonna be a heck of a good time.

 

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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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