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Bel Blue ‘Hanging On’ (Music Video) by Lucy Jane Purrington

Sometimes ‘Hanging On’ is ‘the best we can do’

I am honoured to share with you this beautifully created video by Photographer and Video Artist Lucy Jane Purrington, her response to ‘Hanging On’ The St Illtud’s Sessions.

It is Mental Health Awareness Week and it seems a good time to be sharing and performing material that relates to this, and collaborating on projects with narratives around mental health.

‘Hanging On’ is the second track from my music project experiments in field recording at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtud’s Church.  I wrote the track a few years ago as I was tumbling into melancholy and first performed it at The Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival at Wales Millennium Centre   in November 2016, so its taken a while to record a version.

I very much admire the work of Artist Lucy Jane Purrington, whose self-portraits project focuses on themes of identity and mental health. Following some creative conversations between us, I sent her a copy of ‘Hanging On’ and was touched by how the song resonated with her and unfolded into this beautiful visual expression. We both love the sea and the video is filmed at locations on the Hertitage Coast in South Wales.

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Bel Blue ‘Hanging On’ (Music Video)

A film by Photographer and Video Artist Lucy Jane Purrington created in response to Bel Blue ‘Hanging On’ The St Illtud’s Sessions

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‘Hanging On’ From the forthcoming EP Bel Blue ‘The St Illtud’s Sessions’

Written by Bel Blue

Recorded at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major, Wales

Bel Blue: vocals, guitar

Kevs Ford: keys, classical guitar

Produced by Kevs Ford, Bel Blue

Video: Lucy Jane Purrington

Film Footage Vale of Glamorgan, Heritage Coastline, Wales

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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.