“The energy and charge of the music cast its spell on every one of us in the audience...”

“You gave the performance of a lifetime...”

“The Deadly Nightshade sidles into the song -- sly, back-alley, side-street truckin’ music with the hint of burlesque gum-popping, hip-swaying strut and flounce... ”

The Deadly Nightshade Band

- one of the nation’s first all-female bands



Love Notes from our Fans

"Having gone to school in the 5-college area in the mid-late 70's I really enjoyed your music and performances a lot.  I saw performances at Smith, MHC, Rahars, Rusty Nail and a couple more. I also played in several rock, bluegrass and R&B bands in the area at that time. I have played drums since 1967, and in 1976 or so, after seeing Anne play a washboard, I tried my hand (fingers) at it. I still play with my original set of thimbles that I purchased at F.W. Woolworth at the Mountain Farms Mall in Amherst. She was my inspiration. Since learning the instrument, I commissioned a local furniture-maker to make a custom washboard for me. It's made of curly maple and Hawaiian koa. I have sat in with bluegrass artists Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, folk heros Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Malvina Reynolds, Guy Davis and others."

"It is wonderful for you to thank [us, but] you gave the performance of a lifetime and something that will always be remembered by all of us.  Thanks to you for having the guts to pull this together and then for leading the way on stage to knock the socks off all of us!"

"One of the best evenings ever on the North Fork with amazing memories that last.  Congrats to everyone for their hard work and dedication."

“OMG, I just had a huge flashback to being at a concert sometime in '74-'75 when TDN performed at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY! I had to have been THE most sheltered and and naive college kid there ever was, but this band certainly woke me up to what woman can do when they seize the moment!”

“Hello ladies! Hello Deadly Nightshade!! I remember you guys from when I was four years old. I saw you on Sesame Street and heard about you for years. Playing today or not, you guys are fantastic!!!”

“Wow I remember this band, they were fantastic, wish we had them playing out again, they were very talented!!”

"Helen, What a pleasure to hear you play so thrillingly, strings shredding, Saturday night. The energy and charge of the music cast its spell on every one of us in the audience as you and your fiddle magically anchored a rich sound on stage while building it up to an astonishing pitch. Never having heard Deadly Nightshade play before this, I especially enjoyed watching the group's chemistry eddy and soar as everyone hit her stride. Such dignity and talent, not just playing on nostalgia but actually pulling the past forward and making something fresh and original out of it. Thank you! thank you for all the work that went into making this a memorable night. Congratulations."

"So glad you and Ann and Pamela had as much fun performing as we did enjoying it. That poor fiddle of yours will never be the same. It was smoking hot! You are all amazing."

"You all sounded so great, I'd venture to say better than in he old days. [We] had to laugh last night: we took a DVD out of the library called "Women NOW" about feminism in the 70s, and don't you know it ended with "High Flyin Woman". Yup, you definitely sound better now. I hope you can keep it going."

"I wanted to thank you personally for sharing your wonderful talents with all of us. The band had a really really great sound and a great energy."

"The performance and all the subsequent comments from our friends bring tears to my eyes.........it was an extremely moving evening- You all produced a fabulous event- one to make us all proud of for years to come! Thank you for this wonderful gift to our community."

"What a night Helen, & Deadly Nightshade girls Anne and Pam! Brought back my youth; got my juices flowing. Thank you is the understatement of the year. You were great."

"I don't care about the risk of redundancy:  …you throw a hell of a concert!....And as for the rest of you fantastic women - it takes a fork! Kudos to all."

"Thanks to you, [NFWFWF Board], who worked so hard to make this concert one of the best performances ever. Kudos to you, the board and to Deadly Nightshade. It's Monday afternoon and the tunes are still going round in my head, what fun!"

"I feel embarrassed that you gave us a gift. The whole evening was a gift. The music was joyous and raucous and totally fun.   Helen and Pam especially are such great musicians and I love Anne's washboard technique. Makes me want to pick one up and give it try."

"The Deadlies provided our community with an amazing performance that will long be remembered by all those who attended. Let me add my thanks to [the Board's] to all of you who made it happen!"

"A night to remember!  The band was great, the spirit was energizing.  Congratulations to all!"

"What a great concert! Thanks so much for doing it! You are always amazing!"