All posts by Bel Blue

About Bel Blue

Sometimes Singer Songwriter 'With a voice as delicate as her songs are fragile' Roy Spencer. A tender fusion of folk-country.

In The Shadowland, The St Illtud’s Sessions, Radio Play

Thank you so much everyone for the lovely feedback, shares and plays of  ‘In The Shadowland’ The St Illtuds’s Sessions.

This is the first track from The St Illtud’s Sessions, a project that evolved from playing at the monthly open mic at St Illtud’s. I am accompanied by Llantwit musician Peter Rosser on guitar, in a live performance of the song.

Radio Play

This project is close to my heart and I very much appreciate the touching comments and plays from local radio stations. Thanks so much for your support.

David Chamberlain : Acoustic Routes on Dapper Fm The show is broadcast every Monday, 8 & 10pm UK time and every Thursday between 7 & 9pm UK time Blues and Roots Radio Worldwide

Kane on The Local Music Show on Bro Radio 98.1 fm and available on listen again. Every thursday night from 7pm on Bro Radio for the Local Music Show.

Darren Warner and Menna  Showcase Wales on 10pm every Monday night on GTFM 107.9fm – www.gtfm.co.uk

The team from The Readifolk Radio Radio Show which is broadcast Tuesday at 10PM & Friday at 8PM on http://www.bluesandrootsradio.com/ 

Liz Franklin on her Liz Franklin’s Folk Garden  Tuesdays 6-8GMT on www.bluesandrootsradio.com

The show is also availble to listen back on Mixcloud

Kevs and I are listening back to our field recordings from this remarkable place and hope to have enough material for an EP to be released in the early spring.

Thanks for listening

Bel x

In The Shadowland’ Live – The St Illtud’s Sessions is available to listen, stream and download from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Recorded live on location by Kevs Ford at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtuds, Llantwit Major, Wales

Written by Bel Blue

Bel Blue: vocals, guitar
Peter Rosser: vocals, guitar

Produced by Kevs Ford and Bel Blue

Massive thanks to St Illtud’s Church, Edwin and friends

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‘In The Shawowland’ The St Illtud’s Sessions

It gives me great pleasure to share ‘In The ShadowLand’ from The St Illtud’s Sessions, recorded live on location.

I have a growing interest in field recordings, so when the opportunity to record at the remarkable St Illtud’s Church in Llantwit Major came along , I welcomed it with open arms.

The project evolved from visits to St Illtuds, playing at the monthly open mic there and creative conversations with music enthusiast Canon Edwin Counsell and musician-producer Kevs Ford.

Our field recordings from this ancient space will not be perfect but will hopefully capture in someway the essence of this sacred place.

We kept the set up and the tracks simple, using condenser mics and an ambient room mic for live recording, in the extraordinary Galilee Chapel, home to an incredible collection of Celtic Stones.

On ‘In The Shadowland’  Peter Rosser accompanies me beautifully on acoustic guitar. Recording at St Illtuds, has really meant a great deal to me, as I feel a deep sense of connection to Llanilltud Fwar.

I wrote ‘In The Shadowland’ when I came home after an evening at Company of Words a open mic of spoken word and song organised by a friend and a fundraiser for Papyrus, the National charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. The sorrow and the hope shared that evening stayed with me, I was profoundly moved and the song welled up in me. It was late, I picked up my guitar and very quietly wrote ‘In The Shadowland’

I wasn’t aware until I played the song to a friend that it echoed a line from the exquisite “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats, inspired by the song of a nightingale, it was written in 1819, and has it’s centenary in 2019. The poem must have been in my subconscious when I was writing.

“Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget
What thou among the leaves hast never known”
An extract from John Keats ‘Ode To A Nightingale’

Kevs and I started our musical journey together a few years ago when we recorded my song ‘Our Places’ live by the River Ely in Cardiff. The St Illtud’s Session have been a great opportunity for us to get back to where we first started and explore ideas and sounds in situ.

After our first day of recording I wrote a short tone poem, a site specific composition called ‘ Living Stones’. To help me gain a better sense of the space, in the summer I spent an afternoon sitting amongst the ancient Celtic stones in The Galilee Chapel, sketching The Houelt cross, listening to the sounds in and around the building.

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The St Illtud’s Sessions are an ongoing project which we hope to keep exploring and developing. We are listening back in the studio our field recordings and hope to have enough material for an EP to be released in the early spring.

My warmest thanks are given to the St Illtud’s community who have encouraged my music and helped make this project possible. There is a great wealth of talent and sharing of creativity at the Open Mic which runs on the first Friday of each month, run by Peter Cronin and friends.

There is much to be discovered at the ancient site of St Illtud’s and the surrounding area of Llantwit Major. I look forward to what will be revealed next on this creative journey and I hope dear reader you will check in along the way.

In The Shadowland’ Live – The St Illtud’s Sessions is available to listen, stream and download from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Recorded live on location by Kevs Ford at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtuds, Llantwit Major, Wales

Written by Bel Blue

Bel Blue: vocals, guitar
Peter Rosser: vocals, guitar

Produced by Kevs Ford and Bel Blue

Massive thanks to St Illtud’s Church, Edwin and friends

Photography Jack Constable @jacsimages

HUBFEST Cardiff 2018 Playlist

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Lovely to have a track included in this fab playlist for the #Hubfest 2018.

Have a listen and discover some great music, come along to the festival weekend to catch these acts performing. I will be playing a few songs on Saturday 25th August. For more info on the 150 acts and the festival check out the HUBFest 18 website http://www.hubfestcardiff.co.uk/ #HUBFESTCARDIFF

Bel Blue-Wild Dog Rose-Video

Bel Blue – Wild Dog Rose

Its been two years since the release of ‘Our Places’ my debut album and I finally had a go at making a wee video using original video footage from the recording of ‘Wild Dog Rose’.

Its all made in an imovie app, and I have done my best to sync the footage where I can. It features Pearl River the little Welsh portable harmonium, that we had here on loan from Kevs Ford.

Thanks to all the amazing musicians, family and folk who have made this journey possible. xx

Wild Dog Rose

I’m sure I’ve tried my best
sure I’ve worked harder than the rest
just to find
Oh to find some peace of mind

Just to find
Oh to find some peace of mind

I’m trying harder every day
how many times have I
got down on my knees
oh and asked for some grace please
down on my knees
Oh and asked for some grace place.

Can I just stay for a rest
lay my head down to the West
and look up at the stars
oh and remember who we are
oh look up at the stars
and remember who we are.

Please don’t give yourself away
have faith in what you know
and that faith will surely grow
like a Wild Dog Rose
Oh that faith will surely grow
like a Wild Dog Rose

Oh that faith will surely grow
like a Wild Dog Rose
oh like a Wild Dog Rose x 3

credits

from Our Places, released August 1, 2016
Bel Blue: vocal, guitar
Jamie Nemeth: Violin
Ben Steer: Mandolin
Kevs Ford: Harmonium
AJ Constable: Percussion
© 2016 BelBlueMusic

Sunset Songs at Cardiff Bay

Photo Credit Alix Edwards http://www.artographylondon.com

It was dreamy to sing as the sunset over Cardiff Bay, loved playing music with Rufus Mufasa and Kevs Ford at The Look Out Cafe Bar. A beautiful setting to perform our freshly workshopped collaboration material, a fusion of acoustic folk jazz hip hop. Thanks to host Alix Edwards for the fabulous evening, inviting us to play, and this atmospheric photo, at her Company Of Words Summer Sizzler.

The night included a reading from guest poet Rhys Milsom, and fabulous open mic of poetry and song.

A collection was taken for Papyrus

Links

Rufus Mufasa

Alix Edwards

Bel Blue Music

Company of Words Summer Sizzler

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It’s lovely to be invited along to share my songs at Cardiff’s Company of Words summer special open air, open mic event. Taking place in beautiful Cardiff Bay at The Look Out Cafe Bar, July 25th 6-9pm.

Set up by the vibrant Alix Edwards, visual artist and writer, the night promises a sizzling array of guest performances and Open Mic Performance, poetry, song, prose.

Guest performers for the night are the amazing Welsh Hip Hop literary artist Rufus Mufasa, myself Bel Blue-Singer-Songwriter and Poet Rhys Milsom.

Rufus Mufasa and myself will be joining forces to perform a recently workshopped collaboration.

If you want to come along and share your words, sign-ups are from 5.30pm. Event time 6-9pm. donations for papyrus

There will be a collection for Papyrus

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Photo Credit: http://www.huwdale.co.uk

Event information here:

 

Company Of Words Summer Sizzler

Alix Edwards Visual Artist and Writer

Links to guest performers:

Rufus Mufasa

Debut Album ‘Fur Coats From The Lions Den’

Bel Blue

soundcloud.com/belbluemusic

www.facebook.com/belbluemusic

open.spotify.com/artist

belblue.bandcamp.com/album/our-places

Rhys Milsom

 

Mind Your Head Radio

Great to be included in Mind Your Head Radio’s – Show 6 Part 1 all Female/Women Artists. Thanks to Chas (aka Captain Paranoid ) who gave an exclusive play to an acoustic version of my ‘White Poppies’ song,  recorded for a video soundtrack, of banner making for Processions 2018 Cardiff.

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The show is available to listen back on www.mixcloud.com/chas-mulcock/

Playing a wide selection of uptown world influenced organic roots grooves and timeless razor sharp punky funky country blues, the show goes out on live on mixlr.com/captain-paranoid

Part 1 of Women Artists on Mind Your Head Radio also included tracks from Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams and more – Chas is also giving air time and support to local Wales based musicians and emerging talent- Holidays in The Mind, Rufus Mufasa Gwenifer Raymond, Sarah McCreadie and more.

It was an incredible day at Processions 2018 Cardiff  and an honour to have ‘White Poppies’ used in the soundtrack to the banner making. Below is a photo of the banner – made by Inroads Stitch Group ( Mel Hobday ) and myself at Processions 2018, amazing women, amazing day.

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Cardiff Music Women Playlist

 

Thanks Cardiff Music Women for including my song ‘Wild Dog Rose’ on Playlist Two of CARDIFF MUSIC WOMEN on Soundcloud. Cardiff Music Women is a project by non-profit organisation Creative Republic of Cardiff, who also run live music venue The Moon.

Currently only 16% of UK songwriters are women and only 5% of the audio industry are women, Cardiff Music Women aims to help get (and keep) more women and non-binary people into our local music industry in Cardiff & surrounding areas.

Have a listen to the playlists and discover some great music. To submit a track visit the soundcloud page for further info visit  www.cardiffmusicwomen.com

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International Woman’s Day Gig

What an inspiring night to listen and play at the second International Women’s Days Event at  The Moon Cardiff, hosted by the fabulous Ffion Wyn and brought to us by Creative Republic of Cardiff.

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The evening was a wonderfully rich and diverse mix of spoken word, art from Unity and music from:  ALEIGHCIA SCOTT ADWAITHBEL BLUE SELENA CAEMAWRSARAH MCCREADIE JAFFRIN KHAN EADYTHROSIE BUF

To celebrate IWD2018 I was joined by Philipa Iriving on vocals, we sang afew sonsg and  a version of my new song ‘Brave and Fearless Love’. I also put Healing Poet Fran Smith’s poem ‘Peace One Day’ to music, and she joined us to perform. It was a special gig, and my family came along to support us.

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Thanks to everyone who came along to celebrate and to the organisers for inviting me to play and to Anna for taking photos.

Bel & Pip
Photo Credit Anna Winstone

Cardiff Music Women is a project by non-profit organisation Creative Republic of Cardiff, who also run live music venue The Moon. Currently only 16% of UK songwriters are women and only 5% of the audio industry are women, Cardiff Music Women aims to help get (and keep) more women and non-binary people into our local music industry in Cardiff & surrounding areas. More info in my next blog www.cardiffmusicwomen.com

Fran Smith
Healing Poet Fran Smith-Photo Credit-Anna Winstone

Welsh Connections Review ‘Our Places’

Thanks so much to Michael Kennedy and the team Dave and Mel  at Welsh Connections for a lush review of my debut album Bel Blue ‘Our Places’.

“a stunningly beautiful voice and an immense talent for songwriting” Welsh Connections

Welsh Connections are passionate about promoting the arts in Wales and keeping music alive in communities. An on-line magazine to promote and celebrate everything about the great music that has come, and still is coming, out of Wales.  You can keep up to date with the team and gigs, album reviews, CD releases on their website, FacebookTwitter and listen in on Drivetime on Radio Tircoed. www.welshconnectionsmusic.com

Here’s a copy of the review and hopefully myself & the boys will be doing a spot on the Welsh Connections radio show late spring, early summer.  Thanks again x Diolch yn fawr.