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‘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

 

I am delighted to announce that I have finished my first album, Our Places, to be released on 1st August 2016. Our Places will be available at belblue.bandcamp, belblue.co.uk and  Retro-Vibe Music

Listen to an exclusive  track premiere In It’s Time Radio Edit,  available to listen on soundcloud.

“A remarkable work of real beauty” Jeremy Rees

To celebrate the launch there are some free events; on 1st August 2016, Bel Blue, and musicians will board The Open Boat, The Daffodil The Open Boat, for a journey from Cardiff Bay up the River Ely, to where Our Places was written.  Once back on dry land, we will join friends to share songs and poems about time and  place, at Our Places, Album Release Get-Together, at Octavo’s Cafe and Wine Bar, 5-7pm, West Bute Street Cardiff. Free event, for more information: Heyevent.uk Album Release Get-Together

Then on 11th August 2016 we have the Bel Blue, Album Launch Gig at The Andrew Buchan Bar  Cardiff, 7.30-11pm, with support from Dave and The Daggers, Phillipa Irving, and Poet Will Ford. Free Event, for more information: Heyevent.uk Album Launch Gig.

The album began last autumn, with an outside recording of, Our Places, on the banks of the River Ely, Cardiff, where the title track was written. It takes us on a journey of my songs, many of which are anchored in the rivers, and landscape of South and West Wales. River of Dreams, was written by Cenarth Falls on the river Teifi last summer, Nant Ddu on the Taff Fawr, Waterfall by the Nedd Fechan, Wild Dog Rose by the Taff.

“Each one of the 9 songs has a resonance and quality that is captivating, and the production by Kevs Ford is excellent.” Jeremy Rees

I must thank the goodwill of my family and friends, and the generosity and talent of  producer Kevs Ford, who made it possible for me to record Our Places at Dog Rose Studios. Also to guest musicians Jamie Nemeth-Violin, Ben Steer: mandolin, guitar Kevs Ford: guitar, harmonium A.J Constable percussion.

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.

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