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
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.
March 14, 2016
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.
The 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.
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
February 10, 2013
I’m so thrilled to be part of this extraordinary Songwriter Retreat in Georgia at the end of February. Louisa Branscomb is a powerhouse songwriter with Grammys and a multitude of other awards to her credit. I’ll be presenting on marketing & social media, offering private consultations on songwriting and marketing to attendees, and performing at a special House Concert on Saturday night along side Louisa and Johnny & Jeanette Williams.
Here’s a little more info on the event:
Jeanette, reigning (4 time winner) Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year (SPBGMA) is a multi-winning vocalist as well as member of IBMA Recorded Event winners Daughters of Bluegrass, and has won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in Bluegrass. Johnny, known as award winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, is distinguished as one of the most revered early songwriters in bluegrass to contribute new, fresh songs that capture the integrity of the founding bluegrass sound. Johnny’s name is a household word in bluegrass, considered a master traditional singer, guitar player, and songwriter.
Louisa’s honors include over 140 songs recorded in bluegrass anda acoustic music, SPBGMA Song of the Year, 2 Grammy selections (Krauss, Denver), 2 IBMA Recorded Event of the Years, 2 nominations for the 2011 awards, longest running chart hit in bluegrass (“Steel Rails”), #36 bluegrass song 2011 (“I’ll Take Love”), and selection in the Atlanta Music Hall of Honor, three time nominee for Songwriter of the Year (SPBGMA), and member of the “Daughters of Bluegrass.” Continue reading
January 27th, 2013
FOLKDJ-L is an electronic discussion group for DJs and other people interested in all folk-based music (bluegrass, old-time, traditional balladry, traditional international music, singer-songwriters, etc.) on the radio. With over nine hundred subscribers from all corners of the earth, they are a lively bunch with a unique perspective on folk music.
Based on playlists posted to folkdj-l, Richard Gillmann of KBCS compiles monthly top-70 album airplay lists. Nancy Beaudette’s Holiday CD “Fa La La” ranked #28 among the top 70 Cd’s played in December 2012.
What do Cheryl Wheeler, Pete Seeger, Christine Lavin, Woody Guthrie, John Gorka, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton, Jean Redpath, Bob Newhart, Robin & Linda Williams, Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Odetta, Mitchell & Webb, Carrie Newcomer, Big Bill Broonzy, and Susan Werner – and now Nancy Beaudette – have in common?
They and thousands of other traditional and contemporary folk performers, avant-garde singer-songwriters comedians and satirists fill a three hour entertainment that we call The Midnight Special. Nancy and her Holiday CD “Fa La La” are among Rich’s picks this week. “It’s an honour to be on Rich’s playlist – but to be one of his favourites is truly humbling,” says Nancy. Continue reading
“Nancy Beaudette calls her Christmas CD Fa La La and the warm rhythm everybody associates with that refrain sums up the entire album. Beaudette has loaded this CD like a Christmas stocking with all sorts of embraceable goodies.”
“Solo acoustic number “In Our Home” has as much homey feeling as it does talent. Beaudette creates plenty of texture with just the two instruments. She caresses her vocal notes and presses her guitar notes into something that makes you feel what she felt during the holidays in her childhood home. Many listeners will likely relate to this one.” Continue reading
October 29, 2012
“I dust off these old songs when December comes along”, a line from “In Our Home”, couldn’t be truer for Nancy Beaudette. She recalls singing carols with her family from a tender age, and it flourished into a lifelong passion the year she found her very own guitar under the Christmas tree. “Fa la la” is a collection of nine original Holiday songs spanning emotions of festive joy, innocence, peace and longing.
Here is a brief overview of the songs: