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In The Shadowland, The St Illtud’s Sessions, Radio Play

Thank you so much everyone for the lovely feedback, shares and plays of  ‘In The Shadowland’ The St Illtuds’s Sessions.

This is the first track from The St Illtud’s Sessions, a project that evolved from playing at the monthly open mic at St Illtud’s. I am accompanied by Llantwit musician Peter Rosser on guitar, in a live performance of the song.

Radio Play

This project is close to my heart and I very much appreciate the touching comments and plays from local radio stations. Thanks so much for your support.

David Chamberlain : Acoustic Routes on Dapper Fm The show is broadcast every Monday, 8 & 10pm UK time and every Thursday between 7 & 9pm UK time Blues and Roots Radio Worldwide

Kane on The Local Music Show on Bro Radio 98.1 fm and available on listen again. Every thursday night from 7pm on Bro Radio for the Local Music Show.

Darren Warner and Menna  Showcase Wales on 10pm every Monday night on GTFM 107.9fm – www.gtfm.co.uk

The team from The Readifolk Radio Radio Show which is broadcast Tuesday at 10PM & Friday at 8PM on http://www.bluesandrootsradio.com/ 

Liz Franklin on her Liz Franklin’s Folk Garden  Tuesdays 6-8GMT on www.bluesandrootsradio.com

The show is also availble to listen back on Mixcloud

Kevs and I are listening back to our field recordings from this remarkable place and hope to have enough material for an EP to be released in the early spring.

Thanks for listening

Bel x

In The Shadowland’ Live – The St Illtud’s Sessions is available to listen, stream and download from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Recorded live on location by Kevs Ford at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtuds, Llantwit Major, Wales

Written by Bel Blue

Bel Blue: vocals, guitar
Peter Rosser: vocals, guitar

Produced by Kevs Ford and Bel Blue

Massive thanks to St Illtud’s Church, Edwin and friends

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‘In The Shawowland’ The St Illtud’s Sessions

It gives me great pleasure to share ‘In The ShadowLand’ from The St Illtud’s Sessions, recorded live on location.

I have a growing interest in field recordings, so when the opportunity to record at the remarkable St Illtud’s Church in Llantwit Major came along , I welcomed it with open arms.

The project evolved from visits to St Illtuds, playing at the monthly open mic there and creative conversations with music enthusiast Canon Edwin Counsell and musician-producer Kevs Ford.

Our field recordings from this ancient space will not be perfect but will hopefully capture in someway the essence of this sacred place.

We kept the set up and the tracks simple, using condenser mics and an ambient room mic for live recording, in the extraordinary Galilee Chapel, home to an incredible collection of Celtic Stones.

On ‘In The Shadowland’  Peter Rosser accompanies me beautifully on acoustic guitar. Recording at St Illtuds, has really meant a great deal to me, as I feel a deep sense of connection to Llanilltud Fwar.

I wrote ‘In The Shadowland’ when I came home after an evening at Company of Words a open mic of spoken word and song organised by a friend and a fundraiser for Papyrus, the National charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. The sorrow and the hope shared that evening stayed with me, I was profoundly moved and the song welled up in me. It was late, I picked up my guitar and very quietly wrote ‘In The Shadowland’

I wasn’t aware until I played the song to a friend that it echoed a line from the exquisite “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats, inspired by the song of a nightingale, it was written in 1819, and has it’s centenary in 2019. The poem must have been in my subconscious when I was writing.

“Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget
What thou among the leaves hast never known”
An extract from John Keats ‘Ode To A Nightingale’

Kevs and I started our musical journey together a few years ago when we recorded my song ‘Our Places’ live by the River Ely in Cardiff. The St Illtud’s Session have been a great opportunity for us to get back to where we first started and explore ideas and sounds in situ.

After our first day of recording I wrote a short tone poem, a site specific composition called ‘ Living Stones’. To help me gain a better sense of the space, in the summer I spent an afternoon sitting amongst the ancient Celtic stones in The Galilee Chapel, sketching The Houelt cross, listening to the sounds in and around the building.

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The St Illtud’s Sessions are an ongoing project which we hope to keep exploring and developing. We are listening back in the studio our field recordings and hope to have enough material for an EP to be released in the early spring.

My warmest thanks are given to the St Illtud’s community who have encouraged my music and helped make this project possible. There is a great wealth of talent and sharing of creativity at the Open Mic which runs on the first Friday of each month, run by Peter Cronin and friends.

There is much to be discovered at the ancient site of St Illtud’s and the surrounding area of Llantwit Major. I look forward to what will be revealed next on this creative journey and I hope dear reader you will check in along the way.

In The Shadowland’ Live – The St Illtud’s Sessions is available to listen, stream and download from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Recorded live on location by Kevs Ford at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtuds, Llantwit Major, Wales

Written by Bel Blue

Bel Blue: vocals, guitar
Peter Rosser: vocals, guitar

Produced by Kevs Ford and Bel Blue

Massive thanks to St Illtud’s Church, Edwin and friends

Photography Jack Constable @jacsimages

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

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

open.spotify.com/artist

belblue.bandcamp.com/album/our-places

Rhys Milsom

 

Welsh Connections Review ‘Our Places’

Thanks so much to Michael Kennedy and the team Dave and Mel  at Welsh Connections for a lush review of my debut album Bel Blue ‘Our Places’.

“a stunningly beautiful voice and an immense talent for songwriting” Welsh Connections

Welsh Connections are passionate about promoting the arts in Wales and keeping music alive in communities. An on-line magazine to promote and celebrate everything about the great music that has come, and still is coming, out of Wales.  You can keep up to date with the team and gigs, album reviews, CD releases on their website, FacebookTwitter and listen in on Drivetime on Radio Tircoed. www.welshconnectionsmusic.com

Here’s a copy of the review and hopefully myself & the boys will be doing a spot on the Welsh Connections radio show late spring, early summer.  Thanks again x Diolch yn fawr.

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

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.

http://bbc.in/2ehg3Hc

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,Our Places, Album of The Month

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I am delighted to announce that I have finished my first album, Our Places, to be released on 1st August 2016, recorded and produced by Kevs Ford, Our Places will be available online at Bandcamp, belblue.co.uk, and locally at Retro-Vibe Music

I am also knocked out, Our Places is the featured Album of the month for July, on The Honky Tonk Radio Show with Jeremy Rees each week he will play a song from the new album, so far he has played In Its Time and the opening track Longings Gone. Listen in for more exclusive plays from the album.

 

Curated by  Jeremy Rees the weekly radio show on BRfm presents new releases from the world, Country, Americana, Rockabilly, Western Swing & Roots music, together with classic tracks. The show is broadcast weekly on BRfm 97.3 in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales on Thursday mornings at 11am – It is also syndicated on Blues & Roots Radio (Can/Aus/UK); WRFN 1025 (UK); Radio Galaxy 105 FM (Malta); MDORadio.com (US) and Radio Goolarri 99.7FM (Australia); Spellbound Harbour Radio 106.8 FM (New Zealand); Pirate Nation Radio (Bristol, UK) and on West Yorkshire’s Pennine235. Monthly version on UKCountryRadio.com. All shows available to stream online on Mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/honkytonkradioshow/

Any profits from the album after project costs, will be donated to ‘Michael’s Project’ a service for men, run by the mental health charity Cardiff MInd.

 

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