Zoë sings for Matt Baker

Something magical happened in Wigtown last Friday. It was one of those serendipitous moments.

Here’s how the story began . . . .

BBC Country File had come to film and we were all very excited to meet their presenter Matt Baker (also of Strictly, Blue Peter and The One Show fame).

They wanted to re-create the festival atmosphere that would be prevalent throughout the weekend and the producer had phoned us earlier in the week to see if they could film Zoë singing in the background of some of the shots. We were all delighted especially as the filming would be in the early morning and wouldn’t clash with the ‘live’ radio interview Zoë had in the afternoon.

But things rarely go to plan with these things and as the week went on the time slot for Zoë moved from 9.30am to 10.30 am and then 11.00. By the morning of the shoot we had realised that it was improbable that Zoë was going to be filmed, but we went along anyway at our allotted time to wait patiently for the call.

We would have to leave Wigtown by 11am if we were to get to the studio in Dumfries in time for her ‘live’ interview on time. Mid morning, the producer came with the sad news that they wouldn’t be able to do the scene until 12 noon and she was so apologetic – but Zoë took it all in her stride and said she totally understood. I was very cheeky and asked if we could have a quick photo with Matt as a little compensation for not getting on the show. No problem! Yipeeeee.

This is where things got a bit exciting . . . .

Matt had just finished filming in The Book Shop and was waiting around while the crew packed up all the equipment to move onto the next location and he was happy to spend a couple of minutes shaking hands and having pictures taken. He was really lovely with everyone but was especially taken with Zoë. I took a quick picture and was about to leave when he started chatting to Zoë asking her about her ukulele and her new song. I grabbed my wee camera and started filming . . .

What happened next was amazing . . .

He asked Zoë to sing . . . and as she started, Matt and the whole crew seemed more than interested and the camera man went out to the van to get his equipment out so they could catch her on film. It was such a lovely moment and I’m so glad I had my video to hand.

Who knows, they may even use a bit of it in their finished piece. We’ll have to watch CountryFile on Sunday 20th May to find out.



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Launch Week

LAUNCH WEEK or ‘LAUNCH SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK’ – as we’re calling it at Bestel HQ – is finally here and we are gearing up to a very exciting time and I’m sure a week Zoë will remember for the rest of her life.

Yesterday we had a lovely afternoon at The Glenkens Acoustic Sessions where Zoë got some last minute practice in, jamming with her wonderful and supportive musical friends from around the area. Everyone has been wishing her well for her exciting debut.

We’ll be catching all the excitement on film or via pics to share with you all next week. So, even if you can’t be part of it in person, we will keep you in the loop.

This week Zoë’s debut single is on the play list of: Alive Radio, West Sound, KA Radio, Dumfries & Galloway College Radio and many more (please let us know if you hear her on your local station). It will be played daily around the region – how exciting is that!

There are lots of lovely things happening for Zoë this week including:

This wonderful blog post and fantastic picture created by the children’s author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre entitled “One Girl and her Ukulele in South West Scotland”

A very special interview by Ces Creatively who has featured Zoë’s music in her unique interactive novel The Light Direction.

We are keeping our eyes peeled for a wonderful article in The Scotsman this week and another lovely feature on BBC Radio Scotland.

On Tuesday night she is being interviewed for the wonderful new project ‘Talented Teens’ – brainchild of Sarah Newton (hailed as the Super Nanny for Teens by TV Times and author of “Help!- My Teenager is an Alien”)

On Wednesday night you can catch her at the Open Stage event at The Catstrand in New Galloway. And on Relay Radio with Kenny Barr (wow! 2 places at once.  But which is ‘live’ and which is recorded? lol).

Thursday evening sees her performing at the presentation event for the Prince’s Trust at Dumfries & Galloway College. A charity very close to her heart as mum and dad were involved with it back in Liverpool. And a wee interview with Jo McKellar for the College Radio Station.

Friday is LAUNCH DAY ~ Come and join in the celebrations with us at Zoë’s Launch Party: 8pm The Belted Galloway in Newton Stewart, where you’ll be able to get your hands on her 3 track limited edition debut single ’35 Missed Calls’.  Before that – you can catch her being interviewed LIVE on Alive Radio with Cameron Murray on the lunch time show.

Saturday you can catch her on the acoustic stage at Comlongon Rocks music festival.

Sunday sees launch week coming to a close with her performing in concert as part of the Wigtown Book Festival’s Spring Weekend at The Old Bank Bookshop. As well as singing, she will be answering questions and signing CDs.

If you can make it to any of the above, please come and say ‘Hi’ – it’ll be great to see you and make sure you get Zoe to sign your CD.  If you can’t make it or live on the other side of the world, you can still get your hands on her limited edition debut CD ’35 Missed Calls’ by pre-ordering here.

P.S. and if anyone wants an interview with her, let us know and we’ll try to squeeze it into the Launch Week Schedule (or should that be #squeeeeeeedule?)


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Official Video of 35 Missed Calls

How utterly cool is this? With just two weeks to go before the release of her first single, 35 Missed Calls, here is the video. This is what Zoe had to say about it,

“Having my own music video is amazing, I’m so excited. It was very cold when we were filming, but a lot more fun than I expected.

“It’s not easy having to mime even though it’s your own song.

“The best bit was seeing it all come together and thinking ‘WOW’

“Shaun and Jessica [Picto Productions] are AWESOME! They were really good to work with and are such nice people. They both have great ideas and are so clever. 

“I just hope everyone likes the finished video as much as I do.”

Let us know what you think.


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Making my first music video

A couple of weeks ago I filmed my first ever professional music video.  It’s for my first single, 35 Missed Calls which should be released in a few weeks.

And, later on today I’m getting a sneak peak at the finished video. I am really excited.

The filming was a lovely experience although it was VERY cold and sometimes wet, and sometimes extremely muddy. Jessica, the film’s producer had developed a really nice story for the video and it involved me skipping around our local countryside in Wellington boots and a beautiful Victorian style nightgown. But it was so cold that I had to wear a woolly hat and a poncho, diving into my Dad’s big winter coat between takes.

Other shots had me in a different outfit, singing to the camera with my ukulele. Costume changes in a van wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences but I was told ‘you have to suffer for your art’ ha ha.

I can’t wait to see the finished results after Jessica and her partner, Shaun have edited all the bits together. And I can’t wait for you to see it too. If you’re not already subscribed to this blog, make sure you do by entering your email address in the form on this page and you’ll be the first to know when the video’s live.

I’ve got to give a huge thank you to my Mum and Dad for keeping me warm during the filming and carrying all the stuff. They’ve got jobs as roadies when I do my first tour!

And big thanks to Distilled Records and Jessica and Shaun for letting me realise my dreams.


Zoë x

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I’m in the Dandelion Radio Festive 50 for 2011

What a way to finish off 2011. Today, Christmas Day, I discovered that I got voted onto the prestigious Dandelion Radio Festive 50.

This is a tradition that the legendary Radio 1 DJ, John Peel started back in the 70’s and it charts the most popular tracks that have been played during the current year. Following John’s death in 2004 the show eventually moved across to Dandelion Radio and Jeff Grainger featured me on his show in November.

So today, just after our Christmas dinner, we started listening to the chart rundown. I am absolutely over the moon to say that my song, 35 Missed Calls made it to 27. Wow!!!

This is a great way to finish this year which has been overwhelming for my music career. I’ve done loads of gigs, supported some fantastic people, got a record deal and have recorded what will become my first ever two singles! Eek!

Yep, sometime in the New Year, 35 Missed Calls is to come out as a single. If you subscribe to this blog you’ll be the first to know when it’s released.

Thank you so much for everyone that’s supported me this year and also to everyone that voted for me on Dandelion Radio!

Have a lovely and an awesome 2012. 🙂

Zoë x

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I’m on the radio!

Yes, you read that correct. I am on the radio!

Jeff Grainger kindly got in touch and asked for a spare-room-studio recording of 35 Missed Calls for his online-radio slot on Dandelion Radio.

Dandelion radio is an internet radio station inspired by John Peel. Each DJ has an hour or so show repeated at different times throughtout the month.

Jeff says it’s about 15-20 minutes in, and here is a link to the schedule. So be sure to listen, I for one am extremely excited.


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