The Kelly Girls are a lively and talented four piece all female band. We play traditional, contemporary and original Celtic tunes, ballads, folk and pub songs. Enjoy our rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian musical traditions. We play fiddle, banjo, bodhran, tin-whistle, flute, ukulele, harmonica, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. Harmonies, stories and stage shenanigans will undoubtedly entertain one and all! The girls have been performing in New England, Canada and Ireland for many years for all kinds of parties, weddings, festivals, and special occasions and we love to take our music on the road! We’ll bring the party to you. Kick up your heels, dance, clap and sing-along with The Kelly Girls!
Aisling Keating – (Ashling)
Aisling’s name is gaelic and pronounced Ashling. To make life easy, she alternates spelling. It’s cool to have a stage name!
Aisling was born in Dublin, Ireland and developed a great love for traditional Irish music and song while growing up. On frequent visits to Ireland she enjoys going to Irish music festivals, and performing and playing in pub sessions with musician friends and family. These days Aisling loves playing tin whistle, flute, bodhran and ukulele and performing with her band The Kelly Girls in the Boston area and beyond. Aisling has performed with several bands, playing celtic, folk and traditional music. In 2006, Aisling founded and hosted The Groton Session, a weekly traditional Irish music session. For the next 6 years she hosted sessions, workshops, barn dances, and produced and promoted concerts with touring Irish and Celtic musicians. In 2009, Aisling’s contra dance band The Contra Banditos released their first CD Redwing. In 2013, Traditional Brew released their first CD On Tap. In 2014, Aisling went on tour to China with The Boston Rovers where they performed in Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai. Aisling’s adventures with The Kelly Girls began in 2014 and continue to bring great joy and provide exciting opportunities to travel and entertain locally and overseas. Aisling is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a private practice in Groton, MA. She loves to spend lots of time with her family who share her love of music and adventure.
Melinda Kerwin grew up surrounded by music at home, studying classical violin as a child, and with parents who continue to perform with their Dixieland jazz band, The Ancient Mariners. Mel has taught fiddle on the north shore for many years and has taken great joy from bringing students out to play with her various bands. In 2004 she co-founded the Celtic rock band DownDog and released their CD, “Dirty Luck” in 2006. For the past ten years, Mel has performed with Mollie’s Misfits, a traditional Irish/folk band in numerous festivals, pubs and cultural events around the North Shore. She stands by her fervent belief that Saint Patrick’s Day is the greatest holiday of all time. Mel is also a Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Georgetown, and is the very proud mother of three teenagers. Mel is beyond excited for her newest musical adventure with the Kelly Girls.
Christine Hatch – The show-biz bug bit Chris at a very young age! When she was 9 years old, the Circus came to town asking for volunteers to help set up the big top, and Chris was first in line! Years later she took center stage in the highly acclaimed “Hollywood Spectacular Stunt Show”, a wild-west comedy-action show, where Chris performed alongside professional Hollywood stunt men! The show crisscrossed the country playing the State Fair circuit. Today with guitar, pen and paper she is an award winning songwriter, performing throughout New England. Chris joins the Kelly Girls playing banjo, guitar and vocals.
Nancy Beaudette – With musical roots originating in Eastern Ontario, Canada, award-winning singer-songwriter Nancy Beaudette has been performing internationally for over thirty years. On the border of Glengarry County, she was raised on French fiddle-music and Irish and Scottish reels, and as a youngster, she cut her teeth chording to her grandfather’s old-time fiddling in the family home. Nancy’s 2015 release of “South Branch Road”, her 8th CD, received critical acclaim, adding to the numerous accolades accrued through the years. In 1997 Nancy won a CGMA for song of the year (Canadian Gospel Music Award – highest honor for gospel music in Canada), and has been a Winner or Finalist in some of the industries most distinguished competitions, including Mountain Stage New Song Competition, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Great American Song Contest, and the Independent Music Awards. On-stage and off, this beloved songwriter practices hometown hospitality. Now she brings the warmth of that musical ‘kitchen party’ experience to The Kelly Girls. Nancy is a full time touring artist, private music teacher, and creativity coach. She plays guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki with the band.
William Russell Kelly founded Russell Kelly Office Service in 1946, initially providing office services performed at Kelly’s offices, rather than providing temporary staffing at the client’s location. However, customers asked for the work to be performed at their locations, and the temporary staffing concept was born out of responding to this type of request. It was in 1946 that the first ‘Kelly Girls’ came into scope and the first ‘Kelly Girl’ was Adelaide Hess Moran who was able to demonstrate that this new working sphere for women could be one to enjoy.
The temporary workers, who were usually female, became known as ‘Kelly girls’. In recognition of this, the name of the company was changed to Kelly Girl Service, Inc. in 1957. The term ‘Kelly girl’ became a widely used term for a temporary worker, regardless of the worker’s company affiliation or gender. In 1966 the name of the company was changed to Kelly Services, Inc., in order to reflect an expanding range of services.
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