“A beautiful voice and an immense talent for songwriting” Welsh Connections
I’m a Cardiff based singer-songwriter and this is my music project page. Thanks for visiting and listening.
I’ve been writing songs since I first learnt to strum a guitar. I returned to playing music after a long break, when a friend coaxed me to have a jam. We played an open mic at the Riverside Arts Centre, Newport, where I was offered my first gig in nine years.
I’ve been playing on and off ever since, finding ways to allow for my ways of creating and in 2016 I released my debut album ‘Our Places’ a collection of my songs.
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 took two microphones, a laptop and 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.
I enjoy exploring different genres, styles and collaborating 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 including: Wales’ Mental Health Festival at WMC Cardiff–Devauden Music Festival and opening up for the award-winning Ange Hardy at Barry West End Club
My music has been broadcast on folk and roots radio shows in Canada, America, Europe and in the UK, including BBC Radio Wales.
Thanks to everyone, family, friends, the folk/music community who have supported my music and encouraged me. Thanks also to the amazing musicians who accompany me, and who also 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
“Singing with a voice as delicate as her subjects are fragile”- Roy Spencer
“There is something of the lullaby in Bel Blue’s songs – timeless, wistful; full of lilt and lyricism. They speak to the tenderest parts of ourselves.“– Briony Goffin
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.