“A beautiful voice and an immense talent for songwriting” Welsh Connections
This is my Singer-Songwriter music project page. Thanks for visiting and listening.
Join Bel Blue and friends in a performance of songs from the EP ‘The St Illtud’s Sessions’ recorded on location in the remarkable Galilee Chapel, at St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major.
The performance takes place on World Mental Health Day 2019 and is part of a series of events taking place in St Illtud’s Church over the week. Please check the event page The St Illtud’s Sessions EP Launch and St Illtud’s website for more information to be confirmed www.llanilltud.org.uk
The EP is a collection of songs by musician’s Bel Blue and Kevs Ford from their field recording project at St Illtud’s, produced by Kevs and Bel. The project evolved from performing at the monthly community open mic at St Illtud’ and conversations with music enthusiast Canon Edwin Counsell.
Bel Blue & Friends, The St Illtud’s Sessions, EP Launch, Thurs 10th Oct 2019, 7-9pm, Free Event, Donations gratefully received in aid of Papyrus.
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I am over the moon to be doing some live recording with producer and musician Kevs Ford in the The Galilee Chapel at the remarkable St Illtuds Church, LLantiwt Major. The project is underway and includes some musicians from the local community Open Mic which takes place on the first Friday of each month at St Illtuds. We are very thankful for the invite to create in this very special place and look forward to sharing our creations with you in the next few months.
Bel Blue – Singer Songwriter
I returned to playing music after a long break, when a friend coaxed me to have a jam. I’ve been playing on and off ever since, finding ways to allow for my ways of creating. There’s a kind of healing alchemy to songwriting that helps me navigate life.
My songs are often inspired by our relationship with nature, emotions and the landscapes that we inhabit. 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, its something I would like to return to.
In 2016 with the help of family and friends I released my debut album ‘Our Places’ a collection of my songs.
Its been a privilege to collaborate on projects with other musicians, poets and artists. This has led to some wonderful experiences in voluntary, community and disability arts in the last few years.
Thanks to everyone, family, friends, the folk/music community who have supported my music and encouraged me to share it. This has resulted in my songs being broadcast on folk and roots radio shows in Canada, America, Europe and in the UK, including BBC Radio Wales.
Thanks to all the amazing musicians who accompany me at times, including those who played on my album multi-instrumentalist Kevs Ford, AJ Constable on percussion and the award-winning Pontardawe based violinist Jamie Nemeth.
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
“Absolutely beautiful”- Darren Warner GTfm Showcase Wales
“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
“A work of real beauty, like Sandy Denny’s later solo work ” – Jeremy Rees Radio Cardiff
Our Places Spotify
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.