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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A little colloboration project ‘The Captain’s Purse’ weaves poetry and folk together. A poetic threnody, originally titled Ship to Shore, by C Searle, I was captivated by the poem when I heard it read, and was invited to put it to music. We performed it with the poet at Rhyme and Real Ale, in Cardiff this May, and a week later, we all headed up to Shabbey Road Studios, Caerphilly and recorded a semi live demo, of The Captain’s Purse. The song, takes us on a tragic sea journey, in three parts, as spoken word and vocals merge together, with violin, mandolin, banjo and percussion.
Bel Blue: Vocals, Guitar/ C Searle: Spoken Word/ Heulwen Thomas: Violin, Vocals/ Ben Steer: Mandolin, Banjo,Vocals/ Andy Constable: Percussion.
After a gentle walk at Southern Down, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales,this September, I sat on a hill overlooking the breathtaking Dunraven Bay and the words of Dunraven Bay began to form.
Just a few weeks later, I learn’t to play a basic Travis picking style on my guitar via talented musician and teacher Shemi Jones. It fitted the song so well, the rhythm of the picking rolled like the waves of the sea.
Happy coincidence and a helping hand from my local poet friend, saw me heading over to Shabbey Road Studios, Caerphilly to put the song down. After a very warm welcome from the Shabbey Road Team, Al Steele and Ceri, a few hours later, I left the recording studio with this beautiful song Dunraven Bay.
Percussionist Andy Constable, added a clay bodied Tabla, that drives the song all the way though, with an undulating beat.
As the track came together, Al Steele, opened it up, by laying down a beautiful piano and bass accompaniment.
Since I began writing this blog, Dunraven Bay had its frist radio play on The Acoustic Programme, on Radio Tircoed, thanks Andy Boyt, a fabulous folky show every Friday eve 🙂 It is also listed to play on the wonderful HonkyTonk with Jeremy Rees on his November 20th Show, Galaxy 105FM (Malta) on Thursdays at 21:15. Dunraven Bay is on its journey.
My many thanks to Andy Constable, for his encouragement and percussion, to Al Steele, his lovely partner Ceri, and to everyone who’s been part of this musical journey.