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"Small Town Piano Teacher Takes Her Time"

By Bob Mererereau

It's always good not to rush things...take your time, do it when you're ready, do it when it's right. But hey, come on, Beth Tait of Woodstock, I've been waiting a long time for your cd, which is finally here. Ten years back, in fact, you mentioned possibly recording some stuff some day, and that's after a lifetime of writing songs. So it was with great pleasure I received the debut disc from Beth called Smilin' Fool.

Let's backtrack...Beth's well-known, a longtime resident of Woodstock. She's a popular piano teacher, and performer, and was involved in the local group Pokey's Turn until a couple of years back. But there's always been something else to do, other than her own songs. Keeping company with lots of different players, the jam sessions were always lots of fun, and that meant playing songs everyone would know, instead of her own. Yet as more and more of her friends heard them, more and more the pressure was on for her to record.

That was accomplished a few months ago with a trip to Toronto. Her material was so solid, six tracks were done up by an arranger and local pros including Dave Aplin, guitarist for Lee Aaron and A Foot In Coldwater. These were all original tunes, that show the various sides of her writing, from ballads to flat-out rockers. There are newer tunes, and one, the title track, that dates back to when she was 16. Here she was, sitting on all these songs, all these years...and let me tell ya, they are good.

Beth Tait's songs have a whole lot of things going for them..the writing is interesting, and gives you lots of details about where the songs are set..for instance, in Roll Me Down, the action is set in a local bar, the kind you'd find in any Maritime town. You get the smell of beer on the faded rug... and my favourite line is "The music is loud, and it's not very good."

Beth's voice has lots of power and expression, and I can't think of another singer I'd compare her to. Again, her vocals push the story-telling, and you believe her, she takes you inside the song to understand the characters.

Tait has just started playing on her own again..a recent gig at Woodstock's Fusion Coffee she says was the first solo one "in ages".
What she plans to do with this disc, which she describes as a variety six-pack, is to create some buzz, to play out and around, try for some folk festivals. She has a ton of other originals just waiting to play, and record. The disc is already on its second local single, on Woodstock radio, and you can pick up the disc at Fusion Coffee and M.E.S. Music, both in downtown Woodstock, or you can order it from him at Also check her out at her myspace website, bethtait.

So here we go with a tune: this one's from the Smilin' Fool disc, it's the one she wrote way back when she was 16, the title cut, Smilin' Fool:

"A Woodstock Treasure"

Beth Tait is a Woodstock Treasure! A great voice, that rivals the likes of Melissa Etheridge. Great talent like this doesn't come along everyday, so we're thrilled to have been a part of her CD launch in New Brunswick, and look forward to many releases from Beth! 104FM EZ Rock is always happy to feature new and upcoming artists!

- 104FM EZ Rock Woodstock

"Just Selected for NYC"

Ok it's not a press review but it's still great news!

I'VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO PERFORM AT THE “Mamapalooza Singer/Songwriter Showcase"
at The Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street, NYC
(A full night of Mama fun!)

See you there! - Mampalooza!


Her EP "Smilin' Fool" was released 2008
Two tracks including BLUE SUN are getting regular radio airplay throughout New Brunswick and Quebec. Now a Featured Artist on
March 12 Great Review by Bob Mersereau author of the book The Top 100 Canadian Albums on CBC Radio programme Shift
“Mamapalooza Singer/Songwriter Showcase"
at The Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street, NYC
(A full night of Mama fun!)
New York City Here I Come!!!!!



The ‘Other’ Ronnie Hawkins’ daughter has the virtuosity of Sheryl Crow and the soul of Chrissie Hynde

Songwriter and performer Beth Tait writes music that captures the gritty emotional damage of the human heart … and stomps all over it. She is loud. She is brass. She is sexy, raw, sensitive and compassionate. She is the girl next door. With a gun.

The daughter of maritime artist R.F. (Ronnie) Hawkins, Beth was born in Caledonia, Nova Scotia and raised in Halifax by a decidedly unmusical family.

At ten her Gran recruited her to funeral duty (she still does a mean 'Beyond the Sunset'). By 14 she was running away with her posse on a regular basis, though she never missed a music lesson. In fact, she was twice awarded the prestigious Frederick Harris Silver Medal by The Royal Conservatory of Music - once with a broken arm.

She has performed in churches, legions, community halls, high schools and lots and lots of bars, playing and singing classic rock, blues, country and folk all the while squeezing in as many of her originals as possible along the way.

Beth has fronted, side-swiped and backed up a bunch of roots, rock and jazz bands including: The BarKing Boys & The Yes Girls recorded by Jazz great Bill King, The River Road Band, the Roots group Pokey's Turn; as well as a turn or two with Mike Hall of The Killer Dwarfs and Peter Sisk in Deuces are Wild.

Most recently she has rocked the crowd at The Cameron House and The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto with Atlas Stucco and friends, The Cake Shop in NYC at Mamapalooza and the Fred Eaglesmith East Coast Picnic.

Beth loves in the beautiful Saint John River Valley.