Tag Archives: Poetry

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

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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

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Rhys Milsom

 

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

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

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