Rufus Mufasa and Friends, Free For All Cardiff, The Moon

 

I’m shaking off my winter blues to join Rufus Mufasa and Friends, Tuesday 16th January, The Moon, The Free For All Festival, Cardiff 2018.

Rufus Mufasa, musician and poet, whose debut album, Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den, was released on December 1st from Dope Biscuits Records, is joined by a host of musicians, poets, creatives, in a night of collaboration and cross art forms. Artists supporting Rufus Mufasa, include Eric Ngalle Charles, Dope Biscuits, Beatbox Tangent, Wounded Healers, Bel Blue and more.

Rufus Mufasa’s amazing debut album Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den, was voted Welsh Album of The Year 2017 by Wales Art Review,  and is getting lots of love, fab reviews and airplay, so check it out “An album that’s adventurous, cliché defying, empowering, honest, and such an excellent listen…  The whole album is suffused with truth and it gives it such an inspirational sound…” Adam Walton, BBC. 

Sounds good, so come on down,  and its all free, as part of the Free For All Festival  which sees The Moon Cardiff host a great array of local and touring bands performing every day in January. Rufus Mufasa & Friends gig at The Moon is featured in Minty’s Gig Guides Cardiff top picks for the week, here’s a link to his podcast, with a track from ‘Fur Coats From The Lions Den’


So how did a little folky like me come to be joining in with hiphop rapper Rufus, well ….. life can pick you up when you least expect it. Last November I went along to the wonderful The Workers Gallery Ynyshir, third birthday celebrations, to my absolute joy, I had a jam with the enigmatic Rufus Mufasa, spontaneous creativity from the cuff, with AJ Constable on percussion. It’s truly lovely to come across such a warm celtic eclectic musician and I am made up to be amongst the supporting artists at The Moon gig. #Folkhop

Photo by http://www.huwdale.co.uk at The Workers Gallery

I will be joined by Kevs Ford and AJ Constable at The Moon. In her own words, ‘Dont miss this’ Rufus Mufasa and friends, Tuesday 16th January, The Moon, The Free For All Festival, Cardiff.

Photo Credit: Thanks to HuwDale Photography http://www.huwdale.co.uk

 

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Weaver Fish

Weaver Fish by Bel Blue

Words , Vocals, Guitar, Bel Blue,  Sea Sounds, Ogmore Beach

A little song-poem project ruff, I recorded on an mini ipad in 2015, with mobile video taken this summer at Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Playing my big old acoustic on this song poem, all recordings and video made on mobile apps. I enjoyed this project and given the opportunity would like to explore more in collaboration and better technology. I collected the wave sounds at Ogmore beach, vale of Glamorgan, and the chimes from a bedroom mobile. Weaver Fish are found much further down the estuary, in the Bristol Channel at very low tide, thankfully as a family, we have only ever had one encounter, in the Gower many years ago.

Weaver Fish

There is a moment

when I’m not pushing

and you’re not pulling

when the ebb and flow has peaked

a moment when high water

sits still before she turns

a pause when she sets low

and the weaver fish returns

returns

and the weaver fish returns

Buried beneath the sands

he lies in wait and my love

we tread slow and my love

we tread low

careful of the spikes

the spikes below

careful of the moment

the moment when

love speaks

when love speaks

In this moment

Is this love

is this love

is this love

In this moment

when we speak

Is this love

Is this love

Is this love (repeat)

When we speak Is this love.

Bel Blue © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Wales’ Mental Health Arts Festival 2016 Walls:Muriau-Bel Blue-Wales Millennium Centre

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Wales’ second Mental Health Arts Festival ‘Walls:Muriau’ is under way and it’s just lovely to be asked back to take part in the Cardiff festivities, thankyou Disability Arts Cymru and Making Minds.

I am passionate about the role of creatvity, so its means alot to play at the WMC, although I am very nervous,thankfully I will be accompanied by Kevs Ford and Andy,  playing at 4.55pm on the Glanfa Stage at The Wales Millennium Centre on Monday 21st November as part of the free daytime performances happening on 21st Nov  at  “Walls:Muriau” Wales’ Mental Health Arts Festival 2016.

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The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Walls:Muriau’. Out of the creative minds of those with and without lived experience of mental ill-health, the festival will explore the walls put up and the barriers, both physical and attitudinal, that exist for those affected by mental illness.

For a complete listing and further information of all the Festival Events please visit mhaf.wales

There are workshops from Gwyneth Lewis, Cai Tomos, speed networking, songs from To Bear Sir, Only Boys Aloud, American Mustard, and ticketed performances, details below.

Here is some information on prog events at The Wales Millennium Centre,  November 21st-4th.

Free Workshops and daytime Performances on the Glanfa Stage Walls:Muriau – Mental Health Arts Festival 2016

Nov 21st  WMC, Cardiff Bay

Cai Tomos – Dance/Movement Workshop 1 – 3pm ‘Sensing Self’   http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cai-thomos-dance-movement-workshop-tickets-28424982889

3.15pm – Speed Networking

3.55pm  – Poetry readings –  Sara Annwyl, Renn Hubbuck-Melly, Christina Thatcher, Michael Breeze, Will Ford

4.25pm – Presentations from Arts and Mental Health organisations

4.55pm – Bel Blue – Musician

6.00pm – Only Boys Aloud – Choir

Nov 22nd WMC, Cardiff Bay

Gwyneth Lewis – Writing Workshop

1.15pm

This is a free workshop, please book your place on Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwyneth-lewis-writing-workshop-tickets-28424381089

3.35pm – Speed Networking

4.15pm  – Poetry readings –  Gwyneth Lewis, Rob Cullen, Des Mannay, Denni Turp

4.25pm – Presentations from Arts and Mental Health organisations

4.55pm – To Bear Sir – Musician

6.00pm – American Mustard  – Band

Double Bill Performance evenings :

Monday 21st November

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session 7pm – 10pm

Tickets £6 / £10 Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2eJSvMZ

Catriona James – ‘Worse Things Happen’

Prisons Within by Anthony Wright

Tuesday 22nd November

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session 7pm – 10pm

Tickets £6 / £10 Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2dLKUhr

Blackwood Little Theatre – The Ruins of Talgarth

Paul Whittaker – Gods and Kings, a shared reading

Wednesday 23rd November

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session 7:30pm – 10pm

Tickets £5 Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2eJTHjm

Re-live Coming Home

Streets Ahead Film – ‘Urgent Assistance Required’

Thursday 24th November

Double Bill and Question & Answer Session 6pm – 10pm

Tickets £8 / £12 Tickets available at the WMC, please go to: http://bit.ly/2fjbNcP

Elaine Paton – Moment(o)s of leaving – Dad and I

Tim Rhys-Evans and Elin Manahan Thomas – Lecture/Recital

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To Bear Sir, playing at the launch of WMHAF16 Art by Glyndwr Brimacombe

FATEA Showcase Sessions Winter 16 “Mirror”

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Bel Blue’s Wild Dog Rose from her debut album “Our Places” is one of the tracks featured in the latest Fatea Magazine Fatea Showcases  Winter 2016 session – Mirror It was released on Nov 1st, with a playlist of 18 exceptional artists. It’s a free download and only available for three months. These sessions are a great way to discover new music. download it. You won’t be disappointed. http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/news/WinterMirror/

Download here www.fatea-showcase-sessions.co.uk

Chosen by the FATEA team, it’s an eclectic mix of some of the best rising names across the acoustic spectrum for your enjoyment. Thankyou Neil King.

The download comes to you at no charge, please support the artists involved. The 2016 Fatea Showcase Session Front Covers are artworked by Daria Kulesh

01. Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater – Daughters Of Watchet
02. Georgia Shackleton Trio – Endurance
03. Kizzy Crawford – Gerridae
04. Jack Cookson – Old Chapels O’ Stone
05. The Leylines – Let It Go
06. Plu – Gollwng Gafael
07. Ruth Theodore – Buffalo
08. Matt Cudby & Erin Brown – P Stands For Paddy
09. Fara – Games People Play
10. Granny’s Attic – Away To The South’ard
11. The Barber Sisters – The Ox
12. The FB Pocket Orchestra – I Lost My Girl From Memphis
13. The Brewer’s Daughter – Home, Sweet Home
14. Bel Blue – Wild Dog Rose
15. The Amazing Devil – Not Yet/Love Run (Reprise)
16. Carrie Martin – What If
17. Anne Sumner – Tide Will Turn
18. Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage – Lady Margaret

 

Wild Dog Rose

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

Recorded and produced by Kevs Ford
© 2016 BelBlueMusic

Bel Blue “Our Places” on BBC Radio Wales

In Its Time from my debut album “Our Places” had its first BBC Radio Wales play on Frank Hennessey’s Celtic Heartbeat, 7.00pm Sunday 23rd Oct. Thankyou so much Frank. I really can’t tell you what that means to me and eveyone involved.

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Celtic Heartbeat is available on listen again on  BBC Radio iplayer until 21st November 2016. This episode features Amy Goddard, Steve Pledger, Luke Jackson, Fernhill and  many more. Follow the link below.

http://bbc.in/2ehg3Hc

Radio Wigwam played Waterfall from Bel Blue “Our Places” on its fabulous Bandwagon special on Welsh Artists, first broadcast 10pm Friday eve 21st Oct, thankyou Mike Green. www.radiowigwam.co.uk

Brian Player’s Acoustic Cafe Radio Show  played Nant Ddu from Bel Blue “Our Places” on show 225 first broadcast on Blues and Roots Radio Station 10pm Friday eve 21st Oct. The show will be available to listen again on Mixcloud Thankyou Brian.

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Holy Moly, on Saturday night 22nd  Oct, Bel Blue and Kevs Ford opened up for Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater on the Welsh leg of the Findings tour at Barry West End Club. The  inspirational Ange Hardy and talented Lukas Drinkwater, made it a night to remember. Thanks Mike Duggan for putting on the night and for asking us along to play. Thanks Ange Hardy and Lukas for your kind words, as I was so nervous and for everyone who came along to make it such a special night. Thankyou so much folks, djs, and friends for supporting the music, and fab to meet music blogger macwoodfleet .  So lovley to have”Our Places” taken to new places.

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Neil King from FATEA Mag reviews “Our Places”

Neil King from FATEA Mag reviews “Our Places”

“A gazetteer for the soul” Neil King

Last August  Kevs Ford and I headed up to Penywaun in the Welsh Valleys, where we had the pleasure of being guests on David Chamberlain’s “Acoustic Routes” Radio Show on Dapper Fm. It was the first time I had been on a radio show, so I was more than a little nervous 🙂 It’s a weekly show that is also broadcast on Blues and Roots Radio, and an excellent place to discover new acoustic music, and that’s exactly how Neil King came across us, playing a live session of songs from Our Places on the show.

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Album: Our Places
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 11
Website: https://belblue.co.uk/

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Soon a Our Places CD was on the way to Neil King, here a few extracts from his review and a link to the  FATEA MAG Review.

“Bel Blue, has delivered a delightful album. “Our Places” may not be a map or a place of geography, but it is definitely a gazetteer for the soul.”

www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/reviews/BelBlue

Neil King also hosts Along The Tracks, on Blues and Roots Radio every Frday eve, another great show for new music and a mix of blues, folk,  country and beyond, and last month he played Wild Dog Rose from “Our Places” on the show. I was delighted to hear Wild Dog Rose is included on the next FATEA Winter Showcase Session- Mirror – released 1st Nov 2016, and available for download with 18 excellent artists, a great way to discover new music.

Thankyou  David Chamberlain and Neil King, for all  the support you have given us and many other independent artists. Both shows are availabe for listen back on Mixcloud.

Guitarist and producer Kevs Ford in the Dapper FM studio with host David Chamberlain.

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Bel Blue, In Its Time Video, Nash Point, Heritage Coast, Wales

“A remarkable work of real beauty” Jeremy Rees

Bel Blue, In Its Time Radio Edit, from the album Our Places  www.belblue.co.uk

Bel Blue: Vocals & guitar, Kevs Ford: Semi Acoustic. Written by Bel Blue,  Recorded and Produced by Kevs Ford, Dog Rose Studios, Wales. © 2016 BelBlueMusic, all rights reserved. Released Aug 2016.

Bel Blue,Our Places, Album of The Month

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I am delighted to announce that I have finished my first album, Our Places, to be released on 1st August 2016, recorded and produced by Kevs Ford, Our Places will be available online at Bandcamp, belblue.co.uk, and locally at Retro-Vibe Music

I am also knocked out, Our Places is the featured Album of the month for July, on The Honky Tonk Radio Show with Jeremy Rees each week he will play a song from the new album, so far he has played In Its Time and the opening track Longings Gone. Listen in for more exclusive plays from the album.

 

Curated by  Jeremy Rees the weekly radio show on BRfm presents new releases from the world, Country, Americana, Rockabilly, Western Swing & Roots music, together with classic tracks. The show is broadcast weekly on BRfm 97.3 in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales on Thursday mornings at 11am – It is also syndicated on Blues & Roots Radio (Can/Aus/UK); WRFN 1025 (UK); Radio Galaxy 105 FM (Malta); MDORadio.com (US) and Radio Goolarri 99.7FM (Australia); Spellbound Harbour Radio 106.8 FM (New Zealand); Pirate Nation Radio (Bristol, UK) and on West Yorkshire’s Pennine235. Monthly version on UKCountryRadio.com. All shows available to stream online on Mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/honkytonkradioshow/

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.

 

Coleridge In Wales, Art Music Poetry

There’s a lot going on this weekend in Cardiff Bay and Penarth for Coleridge In Wales Festival. I’ve been finding out a bit about the festival, and events across Wales, following Coleridge’s journey through Wales. Find out all about it here and how to get involved coleridgefestival.org

AMP it UP : Art Music Poetry, Friday 13th at Foxy’s Deli, Penarth

I met up with soulful singer, guitar player and musician Philippa Irving, for a collaboration cover of  Paolo Nutini’sPaolo Nutini’s  Iron Sky. We were joined by Poet Fran Smith, who suggested the song, and guitarist Kevs Ford. The session took part in the lovley  Cafe Arteas,  over pots of tea.  We will perform our interpretation of Iron Sky this Friday at AMP it up. www.facebook.com/event

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All are welcome at Foxy’s Deli  Penarth, Friday 13th 7pm, for an evening of art, music & poetry celebrating the start of Coleridge in Wales Festival embracing Coleridge’s philosophy of creating a fairer society based on equality of opportunity and spirit. There will be music from Bel Blue, Harry and David Pain, Philippa Irving, Andrina, Chris Glynn and Richard Parry, Poetry from Fran Smith and open mic on the theme. There will aslo be a display of paintings by vibrant Penarth based Fine Artist Pauline Williams. Open to all, enjoy good food, wine, song and verse to celebrate a fairer life: Entry is free: More information Facebook Event Page

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Pip & Kevs jam at Cafe Arteas

Coleridge In Wales 2016

In 1794 Samuel Taylor Coleridge dropped out of Cambridge and travelled around Wales, dreaming of founding a new, fairer society. Wales influenced his poetry, and 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of his mid-life classic Biographia Literaria.

Exploring Coleridge’s vision and his underrated genius, singer and facilitator Richard Parry will set out with a band of artists, poets, musicians, actors, environmentalists, philosophers, story-tellers, cooks on the route of Coleridge’s two tours of Wales.

This weekend join them for The Return of the Ancient Mariner
is a series of community and symbolic happenings around Cardiff Bay on Sunday May 15th celebrating the beginning of the Coleridge in Wales Festival.
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Information on events around Wales can be found on The Festival website coleridgefestival.org

Bel Blue 2000 Days Music Video

My first visual project, Bel Blue 2000 Days music video is published on You Tube.

The track brought to mind some of the amazing paintings by Welsh UV reactive abstract artist Glyndwr Brimacombe, and I was delighted to have his permission to use some stills of his work.

Photo by Clint Elwyn Thomas Photography
Glyndwr Brimacombe at Cynon Valley Museum, Photo by Clint Elwyn Thomas

I often collect short clips on my mobile as source material for my songs and enjoyed using some for 2000 Days. I used an imovie app on a mini ipad, with limited editing, which I  am still learning, but happy to share my first go.

The Welsh landscape informs much of my practice and the video includes footage from The Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales: Penarth Beach , The wishing tree at Tinkinswood Burial ground, Nash Point, and The Gower, Llangennith Beach. 2000 Days is a previously unreleased track by Bel Blue, recorded back in the day at Signal Box Studio, Cardiff Bay.

 

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