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September in Austin

The South West Regional Folk Alliance Conference is just around the corner and I’m excited to be on the Official line up at the gathering. Along with being an Alternate Official Showcase Artist, I will present a seminar entitled, “Envisioning the Life You Want” on Friday morning, and I’ll offering individual coaching sessions throughout the conference. Late night showcasing is also on the agenda! Wish me luck!

SWRFA 2015 Postcard

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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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Show Announcement

June 12, 2015

The Kelly Girls will be at Main Street Market & Cafe in Concord MA, June 24th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Join us for a Summer Solstice musical celebration!

June 24th Main St Cafe2

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Video Release – “Can’t Hold Back”

We hope you enjoy this live version of Nancy’s song “Can’t Hold Back”. It was recorded at the Official CD Release Party in May 2015. Let us know you ‘like’ it by sharing! (Click your favourite share links below)

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SERFA Charm and Passion

May 18, 2015

“The Southeast Regional Folk Alliance exists to preserve, promote, develop and celebrate the diverse heritage, of roots and indigenous music, dance, storytelling and related arts of the Southeastern United States” and that’s exactly what happened from May 13th to the 17th in Montreat, NC. I was delighted to take part in the conference, both as a performer and workshop facilitator. Thank you to Hadley Music, Crab Donkey, and Old Kentucky for hosting me in their showcase rooms! Thank you Kari Estrin and Kim Richardson for organizing a very fine conference!

  • Robert Schultz, Nancy Beaudette & Violet Rae Webster
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“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

Tom Thorpe1Canadian-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

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South Branch Road CD Review by Jenni Peal

May 12, 2015

Review by Jenni Peal – Everybody’s Folk Music Blog

JenniPealA 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

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Texas 2015: Here Comes Nancy!

March 19, 2015

NancyBeaudetteFirst stop on Nancy’s CD Release Tour? TEXAS!!! Friends and fans in the Great Lone State will have first dibs on “South Branch Road” – hot off the press, this collection weaves stories of her youth into lush songs of life experience, familial history, and good-humored folly. Blending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. Be sure to catch one of these shows!

April 18 Open Door-Productions​ Fort Worth, TX
April 19 Bone Doc House Concert, Richardson, TX
April 23 Anderson Fair, Houston, TX
April 25 Sandi’s Women’s House Concert, Houston, TX
April 26 Creative Moondance Treasures House Concert, Blanco, TX

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