This singer-songwriter project is now finished, I’ve stepped away to rest up. Many thanks to everyone who has shared in this musical journey.
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Bel Blue & Friends ‘The St Illtud’s Sessions’ EP
Recordings from The Galilee Chapel, St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major, Wales.
The EP is available as a digital download from Bandcamp
The EP is a collection of songs by musician’s Bel Blue and Kevs Ford from their field recording project at St Illtud’s. The project evolved from playing at the monthly open mic in St Illtud’s, thanks to Canon Edwin Counsell and everyone involved in the project. www.llanilltud.org.uk
Released on World Mental Health Day 2019, donations for the EP where gratefully donated to the mental health charity for the prevention of young suicide PAPYRUS.
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In 2016 with the help of family and friends I released my debut album ‘Our Places’ a collection of my songs.
I wanted to try recording songs where they had been written, so producer Kevs Ford and I did a field recording of the title track ‘Our Places’ on the banks of the River Ely, Cardiff. The project grew from there into an album, although it wasn’t possible to record all the songs in situ.
Thanks to everyone, family, friends, the folk/music community who have supported my music and encouraged me to share and collaborate on projects. This has led to some wonderful experiences in voluntary, community and disability arts and resulted in my songs being broadcast on folk and roots radio shows in Canada, America, Europe and in the UK, including BBC Radio Wales.
Some Nice Things Folk Have Said
“Our Places is a triumph of words, music, emotion and overall beauty, it's a rare talent to take you out of yourself but Bel Blues does it. We just want more” - Welsh Connections “Bel Blue, has delivered a delightful album "Our Places" is definitely a gazetteer for the soul.”- Neil King Fatea Mag “Bel Blue is an appealing songwriter, creating mysterious and gentle paths for the listener to explore” - Mick Tems Folk Wales Magazine “A remarkable debut collection of beautiful songs, looking at time, place and nature”- Roy Spencer Folking.Com “Brilliant”- David Chamberlain Acoustic Routes
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.