“Bel Blue “Our Places” is a gazetteer for the soul”- Neil King Fatea
After a long break from singing-songwriting, my friends and family encouraged me to play again. A few years later with a lot of their help, I self released “Our Places” a collection of my songs.
After a chance meeting with producer Kevs Ford, we agreed to record one of my song’s where it had been written. Later that autumn, we took two microphones, a laptop and did a feild recording of, the title track Our Places on the banks of the River Ely, Cardiff.
The project grew from there, although it wasn’t possible to record all of the songs in situ, these were home recorded and produced at Dog Rose Studio’s Cardiff. A little bit at a time, we recorded the songs, and the project grew into an EP and eventually my debut album, which was released in August 2016 “Our Places”.
“Our Places” is a tender fusion of folk-country, which takes us on a journey of my songs, inspired by the landscapes of my adopted homeland Wales and the emotional terrain of life, I am an Irish-born musician now based in Cardiff.
Thanks to everyone who has and continues to support the music, your warm response to the project has been amazing. Special thanks to the musicians who gave their time to play on the album and sometimes accompany me, the award-winning Pontardawe based violinist Jamie Nemeth, multi-instrumentalist Kevs Ford on guitar, AJ Constable on percussion and Ben Steer on mandolin/guitar.
“A remarkable debut collection of beautiful songs”- Roy Spencer Folking.Com
“Bel Blue is an appealing songwriter, creating mysterious and gentle paths for the listener to explore” – Mick Tems Folk Wales
“A work of real beauty, like Sandy Denny’s later solo work, Bel Blue has a simplicity and honesty that draws the listener in” – Jeremy Rees Radio Presenter
“Brilliant, I love it”- Chris Giles Folk Is Not a Rude Word
“Absolutely beautiful”- Darren Warner GTfm Showcase Wales
‘Bel Blue crafts songs from the natural world, singing with a voice as delicate as her subjects are fragile, while her music evokes the atmosphere and beauty of the Welsh landscapes that inform and surround her work.’ – Roy Spencer, music writer
Although my journey is often slowed down by illness, I can’t express how much this project has meant. Thankyou so much for listening. I hold a deep reverence for the arts, not only are they a way in which we can engage with life, but also an empowering pathway that gently leads us to engage with ourselves.
Any profits from the album after project costs, will be donated to ‘Michael’s Project’ a service for men, run by the mental health charity Cardiff MInd.