Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections

(Here are a couple of songs she sang in her set, the first one, Reading Over Words is brand new.)

Zoë had a great time at The Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections last weekend, as did we all. We made some great contacts and as a result she’s been given the opportunity to play at a number of festivals over the coming months. We’ll keep you informed as soon as we’re allowed to let the cat out the bag, so to speak.

This was filmed by our new friends, Joan and Bob. Thanks!

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Celtic Connections 2013

Just a simple update and the pictures says it all – we’re so excited that Zoë has managed to win herself a place on the prestigious Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2013.

Zoë Bestel plays The Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2013As I type this, Zoë and her Mum are packing the ukes and getting ready for what’s bound to be a very memorable weekend up in Glasgow. If you’re lucky enough to be in Glasgow today (Friday) or tomorrow, look out for Team Bestel and make sure you come and say “Hi!”

If you’ve found your way here because of Celtic Connections and are wanting to find out more about Zoë, be sure to check out her videos page.

Have a great weekend.



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Merry Christmas Everybody

Merry Xmas Everybody - from Zoë

What a fantastic year it’s been for Zoë, so many highlights, so much achieved and so many wonderful people she’s met along the way.

Still recovering from another bout of tonsillitis, she put together this gentle version of Slade’s classic, Merry Christmas Everybody, collected a bunch of photos that represent just some of what’s happened and folk we’ve met and made this little video.

And you can now download a high quality mp3 of this song! Simply complete this form.

We’ve not managed to include everybody and every event, so please accept our apologies if we’ve missed you out. I promise we have not forgotten you. It’s been such a memorable year.

If next year has just a fraction of the excitement of this, it’ll be wonderful.


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Just Another Girl gets Short Listed

We’re so excited and proud that Just Another Girl has been short listed to win a Young Song Writers’ Competition.  The competition is held annually and is run by an Anti-violence Against Women team here in our local region of Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

Zoë wrote this song specifically for this competition last year but didn’t get it completed in time, so hearing it has been short listed for this year is wonderful news.

A panel of judges have whittled down the entries and now the final six get put to a public vote, and this is where you come in!!!

We’d really appreciate your help. Please follow this link to vote:


and give Zoë’s song as high a mark out of ten you can.

You can find out more about the competition and listen to the other entries here

Thank you so much. The competition closes with a concert on 29th November and we’ll be sure to let you know how Zoë gets on.

Peter (Zoë’s Dad)



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Next New Song – Listen

Performing for The CatStrand Theatre’s 5th Birthday Celebrations, here’s Zoë singing her latest song, Listen. The headline act for this night was The Peatbog Faeries, who were brilliant and Zoë shared support with our friend, Calum Gilligan.

Another one written for her baritone uke, Luna, Zoë says that this her favourite song to perform… at the moment 😉

As usual, we’d love to hear what you think.

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Supporting The Peatbog Faeries

I know I’m posting this just hours before the actual gig but I just wanted to share with you what Zoë’s up to.

This is going to be a fantastic gig and a great opportunity for Zoë. Have you ever seen the Peatbog Faeries? I haven’t but I’ve heard loads about them and it promises to be a hoot. The Peatbogs have twice been voted “Best Live Act” at the Scottish Traditional Folk Awards

Zoë’s good friend, Calum Gilligan is also supporting so we’re also looking forward to catching up with him too.

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