September 5, 2018
Are you ready to celebrate? Why wait until March 17 then you can party on September 16th – halfway to St. Patrick’s Day!
We hope you’ll join us in Dracut at Owen & Ollie’s Pub for this special occasion! The Kelly Girls will be leading the charge at 2:00 pm, followed by Fiddle Hill at 6 pm.
July 19, 2018
It’s not every day that The Kelly Girls land on the front page of the newspaper! We’re delighted to be featured in the Belfast Republican Journal. This weekend, The Kelly Girls will kick off the festival with a sing along for Seniors at the Crosby Center, and we are all ramped up to show them a great time.
July 16, 2018
The Kelly Girls are hitting the road again this weekend to continue their New England Tour. Belfast Maine is host to one of the regions largest and most attended Celtic festivals, Maine Celtic Celebration. In fact, K-Girls are helping to start off the festivities with a special 2:00 pm Friday Show at the Crosby Center, a performance funded by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEST). This show is for seniors and anyone in the community to attend.
Saturday at 1:30, The Kelly Girls take the main stage, nestled among fabulous dancers, fiddlers, and other bands. On Sunday at 1:15, they’ll be on the Steamboat Stage leading a traditional song circle.
Lot’s of other festivities happen throughout the weekend including highland games, activities for the kids, various workshops and lots of food and shopping too!
The Celebration takes place at two adjacent parks in downtown Belfast, Steamboat Landing and Belfast Common. Steamboat Landing is a 2.5 acre flat grassy park right on the waterfront, and serves as the southern terminus of the Belfast Harbor Walk. It includes the park, a gazebo, and The Boathouse. Belfast Common is located just uphill from Steamboat Landing, on a large, open hillside that overlooks Belfast Bay and provides a natural seating area for our Main Stage, with the beautiful bay as the backdrop. Directions and additional info here.
Hope we’ll see you in Belfast, Maine July 20, 21 & 22, 2018!
March 01, 2018
High holiday for The Kelly Girls, St Patrick’s Day celebrations are “all hands on deck” events! Libraries, pubs, and concerts are all part of the busy line up this month. If you’re in New England, we hope you’ll be able to join us at one of these shows. If you’re not in the area but would like to see The Kelly Girls live, drop us a line and let’s talk!
Our show at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA will be a tour highlight. This venue has fabulous food and drink, excellent sound and lighting, and is one of the finest music venues in Massachusetts. Get your tickets here today!
See show details here.
March 01 – Amesbury, MA Library
March 04 – Amherst, NH Library
March 10 – Milton, MA Library
March 10 – All Things Irish, Barre, MA
March 11 – Andover, MA Library
March 15 – Owen & Ollies, Dracut, MA
March 16 – Finnegan’s Pub, Hudson, MA
March 17 – Finnegan’s Pub, Hudson, MA
March 17 – Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA
March 21 – The Gables, Fitchburg, MA
March 22 – Burnham Library, Essex, MA
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.
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?
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.