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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2015 – A Year In Review

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The Kelly Girls Celtic Christmas Promo

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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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