"A GIRL'S NIGHT OUT!"
"We need to hear these stories. They are real. Groundbreaking songs from a woman’s perspective these songs don’t preach, but they are far from being ladylike. Songs from 'Lucky Girl' belong in a playlist with the likes of Tammy Wynette’s 'Stand By Your Man', Gretchen Peters’ 'Independence Day', or Marshall Chapman’s 'Rode Hard and Put Up Wet'. Viola Krause, Making A Scene Magazine
CLAUDIA NYGAARD‘s show “A Girl’s Night Out” is a musical tribute to women that is available as a solo performance, or as a package show with other women artists.
Nygaard is a charismatic singer/songwriter and storyteller with a quick wit, and her award winning songs are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual little slices of Americana. She delivers them with an amber honey voice and sandwiches them in between outlandish monologues, and a daredevil's vulnerability.
Claudia's solo show begins with “Lucky Girl” a song about the strength and courage of Claudia’s great grandmothers as they left “the old country” and faced the hardships of pioneering in this new land of America.
As the show moves forward in time she hilariously pokes fun at the 1950s television portrayals of women with “Miss Kitty”, (Video available for multi-media screens) and shares the heartache of women who “got themselves into trouble” in the 50s and 60s with “I Wonder”.
(Listen on audio player below.)
The show ushers in the 60's and the sexual revolution with the funny “La Petite Mort”, Then pokes fun at the ongoing battle of the sexes with the humorous “I Don’t Need A Man, I Just Want One”, “Dumped By A Dweeb”, and “I Wonder If I’ll Miss You When You’re Dead”, In between all the tongue-in-cheek are commentaries on dysfunctional relationships with the scrappy “Stitches” and “The Codependent’s National Anthem”.
But this isn’t a show about man bashing. There are plenty of songs like “What I Don’t Like About You (I Love)” and "Tumblin' Down" that celebrate the fellas in the audience too.
Claudia brings the show to the present with the contemporary “Me Too”, putting the shame back on the perpetrator. She then lifts the audience back up with “Let The Storm Roll In”, a song where her voice soars with an indomitable faith in love. The show closes as Claudia incorporates American Sign Language in her stirring a cappella performance of “I Believe”.
Nygaard is a former music row staff songwriter, and a winner of both the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival and Tumbleweed Music Festival songwriting competitions. Her latest album “Lucky Girl” rose to #5 on the Folk Alliance radio chart and was released to rave reviews...
“Powerful and honest... An impressive set
from a master musician."
“Nygaard is fearless. She often says in song what many of us
would be reluctant to admit in conversation.“
Country Standard Time
"Any one of these songs could emerge
as a country standard.”
Claudia is now in the process of recording a children’s mini musical based on fairytales called “Time Tested Tales Told in Tunes”, while simultaneously putting together a "Women of the West" show, featuring three women artists who have made a name for themselves in western music. For information on any of her shows please email here.
WHAT THE VENUES SAY...
“I am continually amazed by the emotions she can evoke; heart wrenching (I cry every time), to a social statement ... to sexy and funny ... Always delighted to have her at
Kerrville.” Dalis Allen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX.
“Claudia is a witty, talented songwriter and also an engaging performer. The audiences loved her and I would be thrilled to have her grace our stage again.” Ruth Condon, Cotuit Center For the Arts, and Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Cape Cod, MA
“Few solo artists can capture a festival crowd and instantly turn them into an attentive audience. Claudia Nygaard is one such singer/songwriter. Her songs range from heartwarming to whimsical, and are woven into an engaging performance hard to match (or equal)”. Tom Barrett, Black Hawk Folk Festival, Wautoma, WI
“The Old Sloop Coffeehouse audience loved Claudia Nygaard. Her heartfelt songwriting and engaging stories moved the audience from laughter to tears.” Celene and Geof Lyon, Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport, MA
“Several of her songs made us cry, and several made us laugh until tears fell. I highly recommend Claudia for a concert - you, and your audience, won’t be sorry!” Blair Larsen, Bridger Folk Society, Logan, UT