Count Down To BCMFest 2018 by Sean Smith

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Countdown to BCMFest 2018: Sing along with the Bhoys and Girls

Another in a series of features about BCMFest 2018 that will be appearing in this blog right up until the festival (January 18-21), so as to better acquaint you with the events, activities and personalities that make up BCMFest, which is marking its 15th anniversary.

It’s all well and good to sit and listen to music, and you’ll get plenty of chances to do that at BCMFest. But Celtic music was made for sing-alongs, and you’ll have two special opportunities to raise your voice during Saturday Dayfest (January 20): First, with the Boston Harbor Bhoys at noon; and then at 4:45 p.m. with The Kelly Girls.

The Kelly Girls

 

The Boston Harbor Bhoys

 

We asked Eddie Biggins of the Boston Harbor Bhoys and Kelly Girl Aisling Keating to talk about the art — and science — of getting audiences to sing along.

Q: Based on your long experience, do you think most people actually do like to sing — even if they say they can’t?

EDDIE: Yes! When we can get an audience singing, it really doesn’t matter how good you sound. It’s about the community of it, the participation. We think that on some level, most people like to sing.

AISLING:  We absolutely believe that people want to sing along! Sometimes audiences tend be a bit shy, so we always find it most successful when we invite and entice them to join in. We like to teach the audience a chorus on an original tune that they might not be so familiar with, or just let them chime in on a song that is more familiar. Sharing music is a beautiful experience that creates an amazing connection between audience and performers and there is nothing more wonderful than when everyone lifts their voices to the rafters. 

Q: If you have an audience that seems reluctant to join in, do you have any special techniques or shticks to get them singing?

AISLING: The best technique is simply to invite and encourage folks to join in!  We love to have fun and connect with our audience. Us having fun, puts our audience at ease.

EDDIE: Sometimes shaming them into it works! <Laughs> Some people may be reluctant because they don’t know the words, so we encourage them to sing “la la la” if they don’t know it. And if an audience truly does not want to participate, well…you have to know when to give up, too. Sometimes they just prefer to listen.

Or, we can always launch into “Piano Man.” You can’t not sing along to that one!

Q: Obviously, with sing-alongs one tends to rely on songs that are likely to be familiar to most, but do you enjoy teaching songs that are maybe a little off the beaten track, too? What ones fall into that category?

EDDIE: It can be fun to teach something that the crowd might be less familiar with. We like to have the audience sing the “Day-I-Ay-I-Ay” parts of “The Galway Girl,” which is something they may not be used to. We seem to teach more hand clapping parts than singing parts (“Whiskey in the Jar,” “Wild Rover,” “Finnegan’s Wake”).

AISLING: We love to teach an audience a new song, particularly a band original.

Q: Off the top of your head, what are three songs you do that pretty much everybody will sing along to?

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BCMFest 2018 Entertainers Announced

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November 20, 2017
BCMFest is celebrating 15 years, and continue to bring the Irish, Cape Breton, and Scottish communities together. Each tradition, though distinct, delivers a high level of musical heritage to the community. Greater Boston area music lovers will be in for a sweet treat during the 2018 festival.
The Festival flagship, Club Passim, is proud to present The Kelly Girls on January 20th, 2018, from 4:45 to 5:15. The Kelly Girls will present rousing and heartfelt originals and traditional songs that will surely have the audience singing and clapping along.
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Fall Show in Shirley, MA

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Round Hill Highland Games

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June 15, 2017

A wee bit o’ Scotland will be at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville CT on Sunday, June 25, 2017, and The Kelly Girls will be there with all the best Celtic and Scottish music from noon to 3 pm. Put on your kilt and join us!

The Round Hill Highland Games is an annual festival celebrating Scottish heritage and culture, holding traditional professional and amateur Highland game competitions.

See the festival website for directions and details.

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April 8th At Amazing Things Arts Center

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April 8th, 8:00 p.m.
Amazing Things Arts Center

160 Hollis St., Framingham, MA

Tickets available HERE

 

 

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The Ides of March & The Kelly Girls

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March 10, 2017

Yes, it’s the time of year when fortuitous folks around the world honour St Patrick, and it’s the favourite month on the calendar for The Kelly Girls! Want to be part of the fun? Check out these fabulous opportunities to celebrate everyone’s patron saint on March 17th.

Friday, March 17th, from noon until 5:00 p.m. Finnegan’s Pub in Hudson, MA

Friday, March 17th, 8:00 p.m The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA in the Sawtelle room. Tickets Here.

Saturday, March 25th, 1:00 p.m. The Merrimac Public Library in Merrimac, MA

Sunday, March 26th, 2:00 p.m. at the Leominster Public Library, in Leominster, MA

Saturday, April 8th, 8:00 p.m. at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA. 

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St Patrick’s Day at The Bull Run Restaurant!

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and The Kelly Girls, along with The Bull Run Restaurant are planning a Ceilidh like no other! Want to be part of the fun? Of course you do!

Ticket’s available online here: https://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=731

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Event Filled Weekend For The Kelly Girls

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August 9, 2016

The Kelly Girls - Williamstown2015 copyStarting with an outdoor concert on Friday, August 12th, on the green in Shirley Center, MA, The Kelly Girls will be part of the Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Shirley Charitable Foundation.  Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, or purchase snacks from venders.

On Saturday, August 13th, head on over to the Bolton Fair in Lancaster, MA. The Girls will take the stage in the Pavilion Tent from 2pm to 4pm. There are tons of fun things to do at the Fair, so come early and stay late!

We’ll be packing up quick and jumping in our vehicles for a private gig in Vermont directly after playing at the Fair. Busy gig weekend, but The Kelly Girls would have it no other way.

Do you have a private affair that needs some celtic entertainment? Let us know!!

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Spring Concert Announcement

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March 14, 2016

Amazing Things April 2016-2Amazing Things Arts Center Presents

Nancy Beaudette & The Kelly Girls

April 23rd, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Amazing members: $16. Non-members: $19.
Seniors/Students $18. Under 12 $10

Tickets available here: http://amazingthings.org/event/the-kelly-girls-nancy-beaudette/

 

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Gearing Up For St Paddy’s Day!

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February 22, 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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