Zoë Bestel http://zoebestel.co.uk All about Zoë's music, gigs and stuff Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:40:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My face in ‘The National’ Newspaper http://zoebestel.co.uk/my-face-in-the-national/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/my-face-in-the-national/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:17:27 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3260 Look ma, I’m in the paper! Thank you to Alan for interviewing me for The National, rather chuffed with this. Read the full article by clicking here 

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Look ma, I’m in the paper! Thank you to Alan for interviewing me for The National, rather chuffed with this.

Read the full article by clicking here 

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interview in the boot of a mini http://zoebestel.co.uk/coolcatukesinterview/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/coolcatukesinterview/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:55:20 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3263 Did a little video interview with Cool Cat Ukes in the back of his rather snazzy orange mini when I was daan saaf for Winchester Ukulele Festival. Cheers Simon! Was good fun 🙂 Nice cat

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Did a little video interview with Cool Cat Ukes in the back of his rather snazzy orange mini when I was daan saaf for Winchester Ukulele Festival.

Cheers Simon! Was good fun 🙂 Nice cat

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VLOG: Ukulele Extravaganza Oct 2015 http://zoebestel.co.uk/ukulele-extravaganza/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/ukulele-extravaganza/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:49:23 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3226 Ugh. Currently, right now, I am ill. Got a major cold thing, all bunged up, coughing, did have a sore throat, not anymore, just breathing is harder than it should be. Getting better. I am better. Positivity, right? Anyway, struggled to figure out what I’d create for this weeks video....

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Ugh. Currently, right now, I am ill. Got a major cold thing, all bunged up, coughing, did have a sore throat, not anymore, just breathing is harder than it should be. Getting better. I am better. Positivity, right?

Anyway, struggled to figure out what I’d create for this weeks video. Knew I had a back catalog of footage for vlogs to go through and edit, but wasn’t up to doing a piece to camera or voice over. Despite that, I’d had enough of not being productive or feeling able to do anything because of this ruddy cold, so started editing the mini uke tour I did with Feckless & Fuddle, and Mike Hind last October. We’re going on tour again soon, good plan to get this vlog live before we do it all over again. (Check my gigs page here to see if we’re playing near you)

Anyway, I did it and it works without voice overs, I think…just a little different. All this was filmed in October so I’ve learned a bit more about, ha, everything since then. The next vlog will be better. But for now, I hope you enjoy our mini adventures, maybe even see you on our next tour? 😉

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Opposite – Biffy Clyro Cover http://zoebestel.co.uk/biffy-cover/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/biffy-cover/#comments Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:45:56 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3196 Aloha! NEW COVER. Little Biffy Clyro cover of their song Opposite, which I sing live a lot (like here at Eden Festival). One of my favourite songs to perform at the moment, always seems to make mum cry which is incredibly sweet, but I didn’t tell you that 😉 All...

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Aloha! NEW COVER. Little Biffy Clyro cover of their song Opposite, which I sing live a lot (like here at Eden Festival).

One of my favourite songs to perform at the moment, always seems to make mum cry which is incredibly sweet, but I didn’t tell you that 😉 All you Team Bestelians A FREE DOWNLOAD of this will be in your inbox NOW, and if you want a free mp3 download of this track come join Team Bestel; it’s easy plus you’ll get all my latest news before anyone else, click here!

Don’t worry about me doing a bunch of covers, new songs that I have penned are on their way soon (saving up and stuff), covers are just fun to do and humans like them. A couple of new songs are part of my set for 2016, so if you’re at any of my gigs this year (including any of the uke extravaganza tour dates in Feb), you’ll hear dem FIRST BEFORE ANYONE ELSE, ohmygosh.

Oh and just to remind you that I’ll be uploading at least one new video a week to YouTube so make sure you’re subscribed to my channel! Anything from covers to rambles to gear reviews to vlogs, it’ll be good, I’m very much enjoying it (any suggestions you want to see me chat/do/sing in my vids, comment below). Check out my last vid, a little tour of the spare room studio, here.

Enjoy the Biff!

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Spare Room Studio Tour! http://zoebestel.co.uk/spare-room-studio-tour/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/spare-room-studio-tour/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:15:24 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3183 WELCOME TO 2016! Hello, hope you are doing good? I am good. I’ve eaten everything there is to be eaten and slept…a lot. And so begins the new year, one I’m very excited about. Gotten a tonne of ideas that I want to do this year, one of them being videos....

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WELCOME TO 2016!

Hello, hope you are doing good?

I am good. I’ve eaten everything there is to be eaten and slept…a lot. And so begins the new year, one I’m very excited about. Gotten a tonne of ideas that I want to do this year, one of them being videos. So I’ve set myself a project of creating at least one video a week, whether that be a vlog, a live recording, a cover, some behind the scenes of me writing etcetc, so make sure you’re subscribed to me on YouTube. Feeling rather inspired and a little too excited it seems, editing this first video was a little harder than it should have been as I was rambling all over the place (as usual then).

Thought it best to start at the bottom, the beginning; where I do my thing, and give you a little tour of said area. I mention quite a bit of the equipment I have and use and over the next year I’ll do more detailed, review style videos about a couples of those.

Without further ado, I am rather chuffed to introduce you to the first video of 2016. Welcome to the spare room studio…

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Merry Xmas Everybody! http://zoebestel.co.uk/merry-xmas-everybody/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/merry-xmas-everybody/#comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 13:21:01 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3178 And so another year comes to an end and I honestly cannot be any more grateful for your ongoing support throughout this year and the last. It’s been a crazy year this 2015, thank you so much for coming along with me! Got a tonne of vlogging footage from a...

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And so another year comes to an end and I honestly cannot be any more grateful for your ongoing support throughout this year and the last. It’s been a crazy year this 2015, thank you so much for coming along with me!

Got a tonne of vlogging footage from a few events over the past couple of months, that I’ll get round to editing, to catch you guys up on a handful of stuff I’ve done. Also been reminded that I forgot to do an end of year round up in 2014, plus a 2015 one would be good too, so I’ll get on that so you can see what’s happened over the past year!

Well, Christmas cannot be Christmas without christmas tunes, so here’s a cover that I’ve done before (for the 2012 round up) but re-recorded. It’s a little Slade number you may know 😉 Merry Xmas Everybody! Feel free to share the festive spirit with anyone that would like it.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday and a fantastic new year – See you in 2016!

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Yorkshire Ukulele Weekender http://zoebestel.co.uk/yorkshire-ukulele-weekender/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/yorkshire-ukulele-weekender/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:30:53 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3168 I had a musical filled weekend recently and I wanted to share it with you. I’ve attended a few ukulele festivals/gatherings now and it’s a subject I find myself explaining a lot to non uke players, so I thought it easiest to show you a bit of one. Yes, everyone plays ukulele....

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I had a musical filled weekend recently and I wanted to share it with you.

I’ve attended a few ukulele festivals/gatherings now and it’s a subject I find myself explaining a lot to non uke players, so I thought it easiest to show you a bit of one.

Yes, everyone plays ukulele. Everyone. And it’s brilliant.

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Foodies Festival & Edinburgh Fringe Fings http://zoebestel.co.uk/foodies-festival-edinburgh-fringe/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/foodies-festival-edinburgh-fringe/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 23:23:42 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3131 Ah Edinburgh. I like Edinburger. We were up there for the Foodies Festival on Friday and I decided that it was the perfect time to start vlogging. Plus the Edinburgh Fringe has just started so there were so many things to film! Really proud of my little vlog! It’s something I...

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Ah Edinburgh. I like Edinburger. We were up there for the Foodies Festival on Friday and I decided that it was the perfect time to start vlogging. Plus the Edinburgh Fringe has just started so there were so many things to film!

Really proud of my little vlog! It’s something I wanted to create for a very long time but, I’m such a perfectionist, I’ve dreaded getting round to doing it. Tried to get all my weirdness in, though I still think I’m a little more bizarre in the real world. I’m absolutely chuffed that something of reasonable quality fell out of my brain (granted, it took a day of editing to make me look slightly more sane – hopefully will get faster at that), hopefully I haven’t scared anyone away…

Do you like my first vlog attempt? Would you like to see more? Tell me! What shall I ramble about next?

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Introducing…MY NEW UKULELES! http://zoebestel.co.uk/introducing-my-new-ukuleles/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/introducing-my-new-ukuleles/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 14:50:40 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=3077 I am very pleased to announce that I have two stunning new Kala ukuleles. My first ever tenor and a new baritone (or KA-ASAC-T and KA-ASAC-B for the uke nerds like myself). I asked on Facebook a couple of months ago what I should name them, as well at multiple gigs...

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I am very pleased to announce that I have two stunning new Kala ukuleles. My first ever tenor and a new baritone (or KA-ASAC-T and KA-ASAC-B for the uke nerds like myself). I asked on Facebook a couple of months ago what I should name them, as well at multiple gigs and after long consideration (and quite a lot of thought over whether I should just name them Steve and Frank) I’d like to introduce to you…

Mr Montgomery Plinkety and Baron Jarvis Fortescue.

HA! I couldn’t decide and I adored all the names suggested but figured (yay) they could have second names (had to stop myself from giving them middle names too), but since “Mr Plinkety” was suggested I thought Jarvis was worthy of a title, so why not Baron? That’s fun eh? So Monty is my tenor, and Jarvis is the baritone, whatchafink? Thanks very much to Hugh, Katrina, Ben and Laura as well as all the other awesome humans that suggested names for them. Although they both look the same size in the picture, as I’m closer to the camera, I’m holding the tenor and the baron is chilling on the chair…

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Can’t wait to play them at Grand Northern Ukulele Festival this weekend (OHMY4DAYSTOGO)! Absolutely massive thank you to Geraint of Kala Brand Ukulele and the utterly wonderful Matt and Andy at Omega Music, I adore my ukes, plus they’re pretty magical I have discovered…they change colour o: (no I’m not kidding).

Check out to where you can see me playing them next but if you’re local to Galloway, I can tell you right now, that I have a wonderful gig on the 29th of this month in Gatehouse of Fleet, as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. All organised by myself, so I’d really really appreciate the support and hug you and dance and stuff. I will be joined by the wonderful Calum Gilligan and stunning Finch and the Moon. It’s going to be a really lovely, chilled, intimate evening and I really, really cannot wait. You can get tickets by clicking here.

Righto, I’ll quit rambling, will leave you with a artsy fartsy blurry pic and hopefully I’ll see some of you at the gigs over the next coming months? Give me a wave and say hello 😀

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P.S SIR LUCAS AND THE MOON IS BACK IN STOCK! If you missed getting your hands on my début album the first time round make sure you get yours now!

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Winter Song New Official Video! http://zoebestel.co.uk/wintersong/ http://zoebestel.co.uk/wintersong/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:58:37 +0000 http://zoebestel.co.uk/?p=2882 New officiallyness music video for the new album single, Winter Song is FINITO and ready for your eyes! *cheers* All filmed, edited and near tears shed over by yours truly (and a bit of father) locally (Wigtownshire) in the month of December 2014. I tell you, the weather in the...

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New officiallyness music video for the new album single, Winter Song is FINITO and ready for your eyes! *cheers*

All filmed, edited and near tears shed over by yours truly (and a bit of father) locally (Wigtownshire) in the month of December 2014. I tell you, the weather in the last week has ranged from mild and sunny, to wet, cold and windy, to a sudden 20 second tantrum of snow, and no frost for ages. Which was insanely annoying as I was worried that the video wouldn’t look wintery enough and it wasn’t until yesterday morning that it got a bit frosty, but yesterday was the day I’d planned to publish the video. *hysterical laughing* Please remind future Zoë to have realistic deadlines and prepare months before.  Well, do tell me what you think. I hope you like it and it evoked that wintery feeling.

I didn’t want to create a complicated video. No inner storyline, nothing overly clever, and definitely not something with me prancing around in the snow looking seductive and pouty. For one, that is not me and the most pouty I can be without cringing is what I did in Nobody Knows. And no it’s not only because the whole process would be faster and easier to video and edit as you’ve potentially gotten rid of a full on storyboard, saving time. I wanted the song to speak for itself, not having an alternative meaning in the video potentially distracting from the moral in the song. Winter will end so enjoy it, and Winter will end so don’t feel dark. I was trying to capture all aspects of Winter and how it makes us feel and, in the process, film what winter is like here, where I live which can be rather bleak and very cold and sun on a sprinkling of snow.

Oh and I guess I didn’t want it too complicated so that I could do it myself. But it’s totally all about the meaning… 😉

A behind the scenes on our not so adventures during the filming and the general ideas/inspiration for the video will come soon, featuring geese.

Cheers very tah muchly to the Father for filming me and laboriously slaving away with me, deciding which clips to use and fixing any technical issues that nearly involved tears (mine). Mother for getting all excited and spurring me on with tea. And Mr Shaun from famously known ‘The Bookshop’ for the lend of his nice camera.

I do hope you like it and if you feel you want to I would definitely appreciate the sharing to anyone else you think would like it too. Should also say, Winter Song is available on iTunes along with my whole debut album which, if you like, you can get here. There are also very, very few copies left of the physical album but you can still get them here, and as it’s nearly Christmas I will sign each one I send out in the month of December.

Think it’s time for a brew…

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