Bel Blue is an Irish born singer-songwriter and musician based in Cardiff; her songs are inspired by the beautiful landscapes and lyricism of her adopted homeland Wales. She has been developing her music over the last few years, and in August 2016 she released her debut album “Our Places”, a tender fusion of folk-country, which takes us on a journey of her songs.
Bel is regularly accompanied by award winning Pontardawe-based violinist Jamie Nemeth, Kevs Ford on semi-acoustic guitar and AJ Constable on percussion, all of whom feature on the album.
Buy Our Places CD
- UK £10
- EU £15
- Rest of world £20
- Buy digital download at belblue.bandcamp
Llantrisant Folk Club, Showcase with Bel Blue ( Wales) 12th October 2016 8.30pm Pontyclun, at The Athletic Club in Palalwyf Avenue/Castan Road.CF72 9EH
Also this autumn Bel Blue is delighted to be playing support for Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater at Barry West End Club on 22nd October, as part of their amazing Findings 2016 tour. Information here www.facebook.com/events
The album developed out of Bel’s desire to record songs where they where written, so she and producer Kevs Ford took two microphones, a laptop and recorded the title track Our Places on the banks of the River Ely, Cardiff.
Many of the tracks are anchored in the rivers of Wales, River of Dreams, written by Cenarth Falls on the river Teifi, Nant Ddu on the Taff Fawr, Waterfall by the Nedd Fechan, Brecon Beacons and Wild Dog Rose by River Taff, but it wasn’t possible to record all of the songs in situ. These were recorded and produced at Dog Rose Studio’s, Cardiff, by Kevs Ford, the multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Llwybr Llaethog.
“Like Sandy Denny’s later solo work, Bel Blue has a simplicity and honesty that draws the listener in” Jeremy Rees
I must thank the goodwill of my family and friends and everyone who has supported the music, and made recording Our Places possible.
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.
“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.”