“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.
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 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 invited to be amongst the supporting artists at The Moon gig. #Folkhop
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.www.facebook.com/events