The Blue Bell in Belford announces first free festival: Bluebella

Bluebella

The first ever Bluebella Music Festival takes place at The Blue Bell in Belford on Saturday 18th August.

The Blue Bell Hotel, Market Place, Belford, NE 70 7NE (tel 01668 213543)

Starting at 2pm and with free entry it promises to be a unique acoustic music event for music lovers and all the family to see. Headliners Ian Prowse and Brian Nash both have stellar musical careers. Ian has shared the stage with many a musical great and the late John Peel was his no.1 fan, co-headliner Brian Nash was part of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, one of the biggest bands in the UK in the mid 80’s and is now an acclaimed songwriter in his own right.

The seven-hour show will packed with some of the finest songwriters in the UK, while outside there will be family chill out zone in the Bell Tent and fun events including a Bouncy Castle, festival food and an outside bar in the picturesque garden of the hotel. Food and drinks will also be available as usual inside the hotel. It promises to be the must-see music event of the summer and all for free!

Accommodation including dog friendly rooms is also available for those wanting to make it a memorable weekend in the stunning Northumbrian scenery. To book a room visit www.bluebellhotel.com

The full line up is:

Ian Prowse       Brian Nash
Morrissey & Marshall
Shaun Kelly & The Returned Gifts
Rosie Nimmo      Philip Rambow
John Reynolds       Ed James

IAN PROWSE

Merseyside hero Ian Prowse has formed two successful bands Pele and Amsterdam.

Pele released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G Records. Abroad they scored hits in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland and most notably a Number One in South Africa with ‘Megalomania’.

Possibly best known for his single ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside’ also. The song regularly elicited an emotional response from Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel’s widow Sheila Ravenscroft went on the station after the DJ’s death and confirmed that ‘He was not capable of playing it without crying’. Lead off single ‘Home’ was played on 21 consecutive days by Radio 2’s Janice Long. Janice is a huge fan of the band having had them in no less than 4 times for live sessions. Ian also has a long standing friendship with Elvis Costello who used Amsterdam as his backing band on the Jonathan Ross television show as well as opening act on several occasions. The relationship was blessed on record when Prowse performed a duet with Costello on a cover of The Searchers 1964 hit ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’ for the Liverpool Number Ones Project on EMI Records.

www.amsterdam-music.com

BRIAN NASH

Brian “Nasher” Nash was the guitarist for the 1980s band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The band’s worldwide smash hit ‘Relax’ reached No 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1984.

He has previously released solo albums, Ripe, in 1999 and Le Grande Fromage in 2002. His book Nasher Says Relax takes the lid off the pop industry, past and present and was released originally in 2012. The audio version has just been made available and makes for a fascinating listen on the back story of an iconic UK band.

Even before joining Frankie Goes to Hollywood, guitarist Brian Nash was already causing a racket in his hometown of Liverpool, England. In 1977, Nash discovered punk rock, and he used his guitar to crank out amateurish covers of songs from the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks, and Stiff Little Fingers with his first band Smuzz.

MORRISSEY & MARSHALL

With the crowds growing on Morrissey & Marshall’s European and London dates, 2017 felt like a breakthrough year for a former BBC London single of the week band.

The band’s new album, We Rise Again Acoustically, is a light and shade production of hard-hitting political brutality and raw emotions, perfectly reflecting the political and personal landscape in many peoples lives right now. All delivered in the sublime harmonies and musicianship of the two London based Dubliners.

“People are drawn to their song-writing, the clever melodies and in particular the sound of their voices singing in unison – simply beautiful.” – Louder Than War

www.morrisseyandmarshall.com

PHILIP RAMBOW

Folk songwriter Philip has spent a lifetime of writing and performing his own take on classic folk/rock themes. From his original UK band The Winkies which influenced The Clash, to his collaborations with Kirsty MacColl, Brian Eno, Mick Ronson, Ellen Foley, Philip’s career has been an eclectic and exciting musical journey.

In 2015 he released Whatever Happened To Phil Rambow, an album of new material. It was named in the top 50 albums of 2015 by online’s Goldmine. Philip is also playing this year’s Musicport Festival in Whitby.

“But Rambow’s observations are as universal as they are pertinent, as he steps, perhaps, back even further than his own career allows, and remembers when protest was the only way forward.” – Gold Mine Mag

www.rdjrecordings.com

SHAUN KELLY & THE RETURNED GIFTS

It’s fair to say Shaun Kelly has been around the block in his bizarre career.

From being asked to collaborate with music legend Andy Taylor of Duran Duran to his port-a-loo meeting with madcap 60s legend Arthur Brown on how to apply for festivals to providing the musical entertainment for his sister in law’s night on “Come Dine with Me”. She won.

A qualified Crystal Healer and former BBC Pebble Mill worker and friend to the celebs, he is a man who has scaled man heights…. including Mount Everest base camp on a rather ill-advised midlife crisis trek.

“…a great album on all levels, great songs, great musical vision, infectious, memorable and great fun.  – Dancing About Architecture

www.facebook.com/returnedgifts

JOHN REYNOLDS

John is a Singer Songwriter from Manchester, England. Writing songs about the life and times of those around him and his own personal experiences, John captures the very essence of wearing your heart on your sleeve and putting the emotions he feels into his music. Days of New York is his latest single and it is a song about friendship and living your dreams. It is the follow up to his debut track, High and Dry, which reached number 2 on the I-Tunes Singer / Songwriter charts.

ROSIE NIMMO

Rosie has had a remarkable rise in the industry since picking up a guitar only a few years ago. With comparisons with Billie Holliday, Alison Kraus, Patti Smith and Dory Previn, it’s easy to see why Rosie has received so many plaudits for her brand new album, Scrapbook.

Songwriting Magazine said, “Her voice is attractive and enchanting”, Blues Matters also joined the supporters, saying “Nimmo’s voice and the purposefully atonal guitar of Stuart Allardyce combine to devastating effect”, while Fatea simply said “Impossible not to like, and equally impossible to find fault.”

‘…’Hugely enjoyable.’ Iain Anderson, BBC Scotland

www.rosienimmo.com

ED JAMES

Ed James is an original North East singer songwriter and instrumentalist.

His new album, Rita’s Cantina – with recent plays on BBC Introducing, Heart and Koast Radio, has been described as a unique tapestry of Folk, Rock, Rhythm & Blues with thoughtful Ballads, blended with a hint of Samba-Mambo, Flamenco and just a little Country.

The album is dynamic and sizable at 16 tracks and was recorded at the Cluny in Newcastle. The album featured – Tony Davis (Keyboard), Paul Smith and Neil Harland (Bass and Drums), Backing vocals -by Ian James Lightfoot, Tony and two of Ed’ Daughters; Francesca and Holly Maguire. The album is accompanied by a diverse mix of covers in a percussive up beat style. Mark Brenta (Kent on line) says “Ed has graced our Music-festival for the last 4 years and will be one of the 2017 headline acts. His music is delivered with passion, dexterity and personality. Strong vocals and musicianship underpin a very unique style. An Ed James show is not to be missed.

www.edjamesmusic.co.uk