Leaving behind the swing elements of some of their previous recordings this song is rooted in the alternative contemporary folk genre with a hint of Nordic folk but still retaining the close-part harmonies, driving rhythms and soulful melodies that they have been known for. The lyrical content is far darker and more soul baring than any of their previous songs and Weightless professes a maturity in their song writing, production and performance. Weightless was produced by David Holmes at Soup Studios, Lightship 95.
The BeauBowBelles are a band who have struggled for 9 years with people being unable to say, spell or remember their name! For the record it is pronounced “bow bow bells” and their fans just know them as The BBBs. Recently they toyed with the idea of changing their name but decided they would rather spend their precious little time together writing songs rather than doing more admin…
So, The BBBs first came together in early 2010 as a female vintage 3 part harmony group focusing mainly on cutesy covers as well as a few original songs. Over the past 9 years the band has grown up and evolved into something almost unrecognisable from those early whimsical days.
They describe themselves as Swing Folk as their music inhabits both the story telling depth and heart of contemporary English folk with the more bawdy thumping accents of gypsy swing. All sung in beautiful three part harmony and underpinned by their classical music background.
Since they first started they’ve released two records in 2013 (To the Moon) and 2015 (A Thing of Reality) both recorded with David Holmes, but despite regular performances there has been no new releases until now. The last few years has seen some disruption with a line up change (original member Ros Wilks being replaced by Mitch McGugan) as well as a few births along the way. But 2019 brings the release of their first record in 4 years, which will be released series of singles starting with Weightless (01/05/2019).
Bertie on Weightless : “I think most of us have a sense of that ugly voice that feeds your fears. It’s insidious and sneaky, tricking you into thinking everything it says is real. It’s like being gaslighted by your own thoughts. For me the anxiety has always been about performing. I used to get terrible stage fright and i would obsess about it, getting myself into such a state of terror. I was convinced I was broken, that there was something terribly wrong with me and that it was unavoidable and no one understood. When it was at its worst I would feel disconnected from everything and everyone and beyond help.”
Live dates :
1st June – Wessex Folk Festival
16th June Marylebone summer Fayre, London 7.15pm
26th June Croissant Neuf bandstand 7pm Glastonbury Festival
5th July – Spice of Life
10th August Folk on the Hill – Harrow
15th November Bude Folk Festival
29th November Great British Folk Festival