Tag Archives: Recording

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.