“May Not Be Love” – The Beautiful Word

8 02 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update from The Beautiful Word.

At noon today they released this rather jolly stop-motion video they made. ‘May Not Be Love’ is a track from a 10 track album they are hoping to release this year, produced by Julian Tardo.

If you enjoyed this, the good news is that they will be on tour from 1 April this year. The dates and venues are still to be confirmed, so bookmark their website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to them on YouTube and do whatever you do with people on MySpace and Soundcloud – don’t miss out!

While you’re waiting, why not check out some of their other tracks?


Joyce Grenfell and gentle humour

31 10 2012

This morning I woke up with Joyce Grenfell’s “Old Tyme Dancing” stuck in my head and it’s been on “one long whirl” in there ever since. It’s a great song for cycling up hills – the rhythm is just right!

We didn’t grow up with pop music. The closest we had was one tape of The Pogues’ greatest hits and a couple of Seekers and Boney M tracks that were on the end of a tape my grandparents made me.

We had Geordie folk music, children’s songs (mainly those to be found in Alice B Gomme’s Traditional Games), audio books and Joyce Grenfell. I was 12 or 13 when I started listening to local radio and bought my first Now… cassettes.

I’m glad. While I do enjoy pop (in fairly loose terms) in the car every now and again and am easily caught up in the catchy tunes, I soon become infuriated by the lyrics (why so much about partying and dancing on tables?  The last time I remember dancing on a table was at a friend’s fourth birthday and we were swiftly reminded we weren’t babies and made to get down).

I miss the likes of Joyce. Her songs and monologues are so well-observed and the humour is gentle. While smiling at the plights of the long-suffering nursery school teacher and Mrs Fanshaw and Mrs Tiverton, you also feel solidarity with and sympathy for them.

What Is Reality? Unplug Yourself and See

29 06 2012

Recently, I have been cycling to work and it has given me more of an opportunity to look at the other commuters then driving did.

I have noticed that the vast majority of them are plugged into some form of media, one way or another.Pedestrians and cyclists have headphones. Many of those in cars appear to be singing along or are laughing at what I presume to be the radio, although it is entirely possible that it’s the sight of my cycling attire that is tickling them. I suppose shorts, a neon cagoule and a pink and white scarf tied around my face does look a tad eccentric, especially when it’s raining. So far it has prevented me from being run over and reduced the amount of time spent sneezing upon arrival at work, so there is something to say for it.

I digress.

Perhaps my view of things is a little skewed, but it seems to me that people can’t have time to think. They are flooded with media.

Continued on the Huffington Post.

The Beautiful Word at T in the Park

19 06 2012

You may remember the launch of The Beautiful Word’s single, Emily, on the 12th August 2011 and the Mirrorball video back in February this year.

The latest piece of exciting TBW news is that they have been confirmed to perform at this year’s T in the Park festival. They will be on the ‘T Break’ stage for new, up and coming artists.

The festival runs from the 6th to the 8th of July 2012. Further details at:



The Beautiful Word – Mirrorball

2 12 2011

You may remember the launch of The Beautiful Word’s single, Emily, back in August.

Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Mercury Prize nominated) now wants to produce their next album and has agreed to attach his name to the project in order to help make it happen. Obviously this is very exciting for them and if it happens they’d want to give the album national exposure. So they are appealing for funding to make and promote the record, from a label, a kind man, Swizzels and Matlow – whoever wants to hear the album.

Please take the time to watch and share their latest video and spread the word.

‘Emily’ – Out 12th August

1 08 2011

The Beautiful Word are an experimental folk-pop 5 piece, the music revolving around the delicate joint lead vocal of songwriters Emily and Megan. They threw themselves into working with each other – finding themselves living together just 3 months after meeting and arranging a tour that summer with guitarist Nelson.

So far they have played over 200 gigs, been Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition Finalists, supported the likes of Ellie Goulding, been Introduced by Tom Robinson of BBC6 music, performed live on BBC Introducing radio and recently wowed onlookers at The Great Escape Festival, all as a DIY unsigned band.

The music they created initially was sweet, melodic and fragile, but with the introduction of a rhythm section the sound has grown up in many ways. Emily teams joyous and raucous aggression with sweet and personal vocals, combining the purity and humanity of British folk with a more powerful rock sound.

For more information please email band@thebeautifulword.co.uk

The launch is taking place on the 12th of August at:

  • The Brunswick
    Holland Road

With support from Zoe Konez and The Title Sequence

‘Lest we forget the stellar performances on the Relentless Hub stage …from Brightonions Common Tongues, The Beautiful Word and Gentleman Starkey amongst others! We thank you very much’ – The Great Escape 2011

‘The Beautiful Word hand-weave some gorgeous tunes’ – Q Magazine

‘Like elves in a fairy garden’ – vocalist Me’sha Bryan

‘their easy going songs betray their compositional skill; these are real songs, expertly crafted, without any excess fat..’ – Julie Andrews, Latest 7 Magazine

Celtic songs

23 06 2011

I just stumbled upon this and am really enjoying it, so I thought I’d share it here. Unfortunately, I’m not able to embed it, so you’ll need to follow the link below.

Mystical Celtic songs of love, valour and legend

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