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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

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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

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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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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.

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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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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 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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The Captain’s Purse, our first music and poetry Demo

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.

Art work by Andy Constable

The Captain's Purse

Caerphilly Folk, Recording Dunraven Bay at Shabbey Road Studio’s

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.

Photo 03-11-2014 20 05 58Happy 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.

Recording in the Studio with Andy Constable and Al Steele.
In Shabbey Road Studio’s with Andy Constable and Al Steele.

As the track came together, Al Steele, opened it up, by laying down a beautiful piano and bass accompaniment.

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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.