Bel Blue Album Launch: Our Places, out 01/o8/16…Launch Events!

Hello Dear Reader!     How are you doing?

You find me humbled and excited to be performing at two events in August in support of the  launch of the album Our Places, by Cardiff based folk singer Bel Blue!



 Currently the July Album of the Month on The Honky Tonk Radio Show (Cardiff Radio), Our Places will escaping from the airwaves onto CD and onto devices, from Aug 1 2016 

Scroll down for links to further details of these events and where to purchase this lovely, catchy, moving collection of songs that are at the same time personal expressions by Bel Blue and songs that reach for the heart of the listener, because we all find ourselves yearning for a sense of place and connection at times. And so often, we can connect to this need within ourselves when articulated via song more than any other way


Drawing her inspiration from folk music, life, love, loss, nostalgia and the connections between the human spirit and land and water. Bel Blue has a sweet, sometimes melancholic sound, as she explores where our physical, emotional and spiritual places of belonging and comfort are to be found…But enough from me, keep reading to find out more via Bel’s own words:

Our Places Album Launch

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,, and locally at Retro-Vibe Music

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To celebrate the launch there are some free events; on 1st August 2016, Bel Blue, and musicians will board The Open Boat, The Daffodil for a journey from Cardiff Bay up the River Ely, to where Our Places was written. Once back on dry land, we will join friends to share songs and poems about place, at Our Places, Album Release Get-Together, at Octavo’s Cafe and Wine Bar5-7pm, West Bute Street Cardiff, free event. Album Release Get-Together

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Then on 11th August 2016 we have the Bel Blue, Album Launch Gig at The Andrew Buchan Bar Cardiff, 7.30-11pm, with support from Dave and The DaggersPippa Irving and Poet Will Ford. A Free Event. Album Launch Gig.

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.

The album began last autumn, with an outside recording of the title track Our Places, on the banks of the River Ely, Cardiff. It takes us on a journey of my songs, many of which are anchored in the rivers, and landscapes of South and West Wales. River of Dreams, was written by Cenarth Falls on the river Teifi last summer, Nant Ddu on the Taff Fawr, Waterfall by the Nedd Fechan, Wild Dog Rose by the Taff.

I must give thanks to the goodwill of my family and friends, and the generosity and talent of producer Kevs Ford, who made it possible for me to record Our Places at Dog Rose Studios. Also to guest musicians Jamie Nemeth-Violin, Ben Steer:mandolin, guitar Kevs Ford: guitar, harmonium A.J Constable: percussion.


And (my words again now 😉  Thank YOU Bel for the opportunity to write new pieces in support of your work, and for your kind support of me and so many others in all our different creative pursuits, may you and all at Dog Rose find the places you seek, and the comforts we all deserve!

I hope you will choose to walk along the banks of the River of Dreams, with Bel Blue!


The second Monday of the month is here, meaning it’s time for…



Meet Your Hosts for June…

Paula Hughes


Regularly bringing songs and comic interludes to nights like R.A.R.A, Paula has an enthusiasm that is totally contagious, a smile that is never far away, and a camera that is responsible for the highlights from the June R.A.R.A you will find if you scroll further down…Now, for the other July Host:

Gareth Davies


A storyteller, performer, maker of mirth and general non-bad egg, Gareth will bring the authority of his previous experience as an English teacher to his host duties, so pay attention…are you listening at the back?

Paula and Gareth will guide us all through another evening of wide ranging styles of verse and performance, some will make you smile, some will make you think, all will make you feel…Free to enter, free to have a five minute slot…

Come and watch and be our audience, come and share your words/songs/comic stylings, by simply adding your name to the list, regulars warmly welcomed back and new voices actively encouraged, many people have read in front of an audience for the first time ever at R.A.R.A and we have seen them bloom from nervous first step makers to confident risk takers over and over again, so July 11th 2016, Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, from 7.30 pm come one, come all, COME!

JUNE R.A.R.A…Hosted by Francesca Murphy and Will Ford…


FRILL (Fran and Will) brought their individual styles of comic and heartfelt verse and song to the proceedings and  introduced performers with these names…

Dave Daggers…Gordon Anderson…Kat Davies…Bryan Marshall…Rachel Noelle…Patrick Widdess…Elizabeth Jane Williams…Gareth Davies…John Brooks…Liz Farrell…Bridget Leggy Tanner…Charley Rogers…Anna Shaw…Fritz O’Skennick…Ben Meadon…Rachel Carney…Fran Smith…Richie Livingood…Gruff Russell Jones

Thanks to the camera of July co-host Paula Hughes, here are their faces…

R.A.R.A  is brought to you by Dave Daggers (assisted by Will Ford), and is powered by the sun, the moon, the stars, the words of the performers and held together almost entirely by the vast number of friendly insults Dave can throw at Will on stage, in person and via all available electronic and non-electronic media, including during this Headstand Podcast in which Dave is interviewed by Patrick Widdess