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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Celtic Holiday Show & Brand New CD!

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We’ve been keeping our behind-the-scenes activity rather quiet these past few months, but we’re ready to let the secret out.  The Kelly Girls have recorded a CD!! There are 13 tracks, seven of which are original songs! We can’t wait for you to get your copy and share the news with your friends.

You can download the mp3s at via the CDBaby store on our website, or at iTunes.

Want a physical CD? Click Here. We’ll get it in the mail today!

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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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Celebrating Pride With Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

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June 12, 2017

(Mayor’s Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson)

Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston and The Kelly Girls were there to help celebrate Pride Week along with Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh. Fine Irish gentleman that he is, when he stepped on stage for a wee speech, he ignored the mic until he shook hands and said hello to each of us. During his address, Mel and Chris schemed to push up The Unicorn Song in the set list and then enlisted Mayor Walsh to help lead the dance! It was really sweet to see him learning the moves along with all the children in the park. What fun! Thank you to the organizers for all your work in bringing this Pride Concert Event to your neighborhood!

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Amazing Things Concert Review

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April 18, 2017

Well, where do I begin? A friend and I were the winners of 2 tickets to go spend a wonderful evening, starting with original songs by Nancy Beaudette, whose lyrics and guitar playing always move me. She sets the tone, with her friendly, smiling, welcoming stage presence, making the audience feel comfortable, relaxed, at home. Then enter the rest of the Entourage, equally at ease, friendly and fun. These gals can play, with tremendous virtuosity, humor, and skill. They manage to breeze thru tongue twisting sea shanties, ballads, and rousing drinking songs with ease, and never fail to lift your spirits, with brilliant harmonies. Chris Hatch especially showed her skills; it seemed she picked up a different instrument for each song, be it banjo, bodhran, guitar, harmonica, you name it, she can play it! These women are quite genuine with their Celtic/Irish/Scottish ditties, and equally adept at every other genre they take up. I was especially moved by the song, “Will You Go, Lassie, Go?”. Reminiscent of expert groups of the ’70’s, like The Shaw Brothers, Clancy Brothers, and what fun that this is an all-gal group. I look forward to their upcoming CD and hope there will be an opportunity for advanced sales. Thanks so much, Darlin’s, for a delightfully enjoyable evening! MORE MORE! Encore!

Deena Clevenson

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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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