“Bel Blue “Our Places” is a gazetteer for the soul”- Neil King Fatea Mag
After a long break from singing-songwriting, with a little help from my friends I began again. In the summer of 2015, I had a chance meeting with producer Kevs Ford at a little non-profit festival, one chat later, and 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 Our Places on the banks of the River Ely, Cardiff.
Our project grew from there, although it wasn’t possible to record all of the songs in situ, these were recorded and produced at Dog Rose Studio’s, Cardiff, by producer Kevs Ford. Over the year, a little bit at a time, we recorded the songs, and the project grew into an EP and eventually my debut album, which we released in August 2016 “Our Places”.
Thanks to my family and friends and everyone who has supported the music, and made recording “Our Places” possible. 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 and AJ Constable on percussion.
I lost my connection to music during illness, finding my way back, has been the most precious of gifts, and its meant all the world to be able to share my songs. Thankyou so much for listening.
“Our Places” is a tender fusion of folk-country, which takes us on a journey of my songs, which are often inspired by the beautiful landscapes and lyricism of my adopted homeland Wales, I am an Irish-born musician now based in Cardiff.
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.
Fatea Showcase Session:Mirror
I am made up to have Wild Dog Rose on the latest Fatea Magazine Fatea Showcases session – “Mirror” with a playlist of exceptional artists. It is released 1st Nov, a free download and only available for three months. These sessions are a great way to discover new music.
Wild Dog Rose from “Our Places” Bel Blue
Bel Blue: vocal, guitar
Jamie Nemeth: Violin
Ben Steer: Mandolin
Kevs Ford: Harmonium
AJ Constable: Percussion
“A remarkable debut collection of beautiful songs looking at time, place and nature” – Roy Spencer Folking.Com
“Like Sandy Denny’s later solo work, Bel Blue has a simplicity and honesty that draws the listener in” Jeremy Rees
“Brilliant”– David Chamberlain, Acoustic Routes
“Absolutely beautiful”– Darren Warner GTfm Showcase Wales
“Brilliant, I love it”- Chris Giles Folk Is Not a Rude Word
I’ve been writing songs about love and life, since I first learnt to strum a guitar. I fell quiet for many years until friend’s helped me find my way back to music.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.