Meet Meghan and Katie Kelleher! This singing sister-duo shares their art story with the BC Arts Insider: fond memories of their experiences with the BC Music Guild, their collaborative creative process, and their performances here at BC! Megan and Katie will hit the stage as a Singer/Songwriter duo during the 2016 Arts Festival‘s BC’s Best!
Don’t miss BC’s Best, a loved Arts Festival event, this Thursday, April 28th from 8-10pm in the O’Neill Plaza Tent. Meghan, Katie, and other talented BC student musicians will perform their original work in a variety of genres and compete in a Singer/Songwriter Competition and Battle of the Bands!
In what ways have you been involved in the arts at Boston College?
We have been pretty much just involved in The BC Music Guild. Katie is the Treasurer and I am the Vice President. As E-Board members of the Guild we put on open mic nights every other week and we help put on a bunch of other events throughout the year, like band showcases, the Singer/Songwriter competition, Battle of the Bands, and Break The Bubble, which is a showcase we put on in Faneuil Hall. The Guild also runs an awesome volunteering program. We help promote and run all these events and love performing at all them too. The Guild has been our connection to performing on campus, to music on campus, and to other BC musicians. On top of that, we have made some really close friends by being on the E-Board and by participating in these events.
What has participating in the arts meant to you during your time at BC?
The Music Guild is a really close-knit group of musicians, so being a part of The Guild has really helped us to grow into ourselves. Before I knew about The Music Guild, I really had no idea how to perform or continue playing music, which is something that Katie and I were always so passionate about before I left for BC. When Katie got to BC, we started to participate together in Open Mic Nights and immediately had that outlet again. Since participating in Music Guild events, we have grown so much as musicians and as performers in general. It’s been awesome to have such a cool community of performers to hang out with and learn a lot from. We don’t do too much creatively at BC outside of music, so The Music Guild events have been a huge outlet for us. I think we’ve both become a lot more confident as performers and people in general through these events.
Who or what inspires you and why?
Lots of people. The whole Music Guild E-Board is loaded with some really talented musicians who have inspired us a lot and who we admire a lot. We grew up on a lot of bands and musicians that had a role in shaping our music taste but more so just us as people. Some of these are Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, Pete Yorn, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, and The Strokes. Mostly Dad music. Some other musicians and bands that we admire are Lady Lamb The Bee Keeper, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, alt-J, Vampire Weekend, and Gregory Alan Isakov.
What does your writing process look like?
We write all our songs together, but usually what happens is that one of us will write a song and then we will change it a bunch together. We usually have a pretty basic version of a song or an idea for a song and then we’ll edit it together and add different parts and instruments and things as we go. It’s cool having each other to bounce ideas off of and also to tell the other when something is stupid or needs work.
What is your most memorable arts experience and what did you learn from it?
I think being in The Music Guild in general has really shaped both of our college experiences on a lot of levels musically and socially. But, if we had to pick one experience it would probably be the Singer Songwriter competition last year. Not specifically the final competition night, but the experience as a whole. We both wrote a lot of songs or parts of songs, but never did anything with them or worked on them or performed them. Really working on our songs together for weeks, playing them live, and then moving on to the next round was such a new and cool and fulfilling experience. We’re excited to be a part of the Singer/Songwriter competition again and to be able to play in Battle of the Bands as well!