10 May 2017
Hello friends. As ever my website updates are coming neither thick, nor fast… but I did want to make sure you knew about a few gigs in the diary. I’m really excited to be playing again at Big Church Day Out this year, as it goes to two sites, North and South. Details and tickets are on their website..
It’s a fantastic line up, a really special gathering of the whole church. I’m going to be playing an afternoon set on the CSW Airstream stage, and providing a musical interlude in the comedy tent alongside Tim Vine and John Archer each evening.
If you’re planning to be there, do come and say “hi”.
Also this year I’m returning to Le Pas Opton - Spring Harvest’s holiday complex in France. I’ll be leading some worship there in the week beginning 3rd July. There will likely be a fun gig in the bar too one evening.
There is a bit of a lull, gigs-wise while I regroup and look ahead to the future, but I have a few things in the diary. After the success of last year’s Christmas tour, I plan to do some more dates this year - if you are interested in hosting something, do get in touch.
07 November 2016
Hello friends… I’ve been busy working on some new music - my first in 3 years. For three days in October, I headed to a studio on the south coast with producers Dan and Matt Weeks and we recorded some Christmas songs. I think you’re gonna like them.
A couple of tracks are recordings of songs I wrote last year for Christmas, and are a lighthearted reflections on the Christmas season. They discuss the ineffectiveness of men when it comes to organising Christmas, and the relative merits of the Bounty and the Snickers in Celebrations.
Then I wrote two songs for the festive season with a little more reflection on the mystery of the incarnation, reflecting on the words to old carols, and the Christmas story itself.
We finished the project off with our take on “Joy to the World”. These songs took shape as I sat at the piano for a change, and I’m really excited by how they sound.
I also have a number of concerts in November and December and I’m looking forward to sharing the new songs then, as well as some old and festive favourites.
Pre-order here: http://paulbellmusic.bigcartel.com/
02 September 2016
Hello friends. It’s been too long since I updated this site, so this is just a quick update on what I’ve been up to.
It’s been a massive privilege to play some festivals over the last few months. My first Big Church Day Out, first time at Keswick Unconventional, as well as Focus and Rivercamp. All brilliant, and met some lovely folks.
Return visits to New Wine, Spring Harvest and One Event (the Christmas special!) equally lovely.
My first time playing and singing abroad too - thanks to Le Pas Opton in France - a really special place. We’ll be back I’m sure.
New songs have started to sneak into the set as well, so I’m excited for what’s next.
What is next? Well… some solo shows over the autumn, more writing, some family time. All good.
Until next time…
16 September 2015
Ok, maybe not quite, but it’s definitely no longer summer any more, so Christmas is the next big thing, right?
Just a quick update to say thanks to everyone I met over the summer. I had a marvellous week at New Wine, a great One Event and a glorious (if slightly damp) Greenbelt. My face is still smiling from the marvellous gigs I had. Great to welcome some new friends into the group. Do introduce yourselves. :)
I have a few gigs lined up over the autumn, and always happy to book more in! I’ll also be continuing to regularly retreat to the writers room to work on new songs, new plans, new sounds.
Much love to all
18 March 2015
Hello! I wanted to let you know about a new CD that’s available in the store. It’s called “What I call romance” and it’s a compilation of 20 of my favourite tracks from my first three CDs, most of which have long since sold out.
I always felt sad when people would approach me at the CD table post-gig and ask about a particular song, and I had to inform them that they couldn’t have it on CD, so I thought I’d put a compilation together. It was actually kind of fun to return to some of these old tracks that I hadn’t listened to in years. Happy memories.
Read on for more info about the CD, but if you’re keen to get your order in now, here’s the link:
I tried to put the sequence together as I would the set list for a live show, and I really enjoyed listening through again to some of these older recordings, and fondly remembering the recording sessions, and hearing great performances from some of the amazing musicians I’ve been fortunate enough to work with.
Hopefully your favourites are on here – if not, sorry! But not too sorry… they’re my favourites :).
If you don’t own any of my first three albums, this is a great way to catch up. Even if you do own one or two of the earlier albums (or even all three), why not get one for the car, the kitchen, your mum, your next door neighbour.
Latest album “Small Town Boy” also still available, and you can both in the CD Bundle.
Paul Bell is a stunning talent. He brings laugh out loud humour, brilliant song writing and performance, and quick-on-the-draw spontaneity that audiences love. I can’t recommend him highly enough.