A few Half Moon All Stars rehearsals ago, Calum mentioned that he had friend who had approached him with an intriguing prospect.  This being Calum, none of us were surprised, but this time it was legal and extended to the whole band.  This friend, Brian, was putting on an event in the Natural History Museum (the Oxford one, in the picture above, with the picture of the poor woman who kept trying to walk out of the panoramic shot, but eventually the camera caught up with her).  The event was going to involve scientists reading stories about their work over folk music.  Brian wondered whether the Half Moon All Stars might like to play that folk music.

But all the band heard was “Yada yada yada yada gig under dinosaur skeletons yada yada yada yada…”

And we said yes.  It will be on 10 October, in just over a week.  Tickets are available here, since you ask:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-heart-and-the-head-tickets-18164874629 (more…)

ComingUp_smallMore live dates to follow soon, but this one first…

Tandem Festival, my new local favourite!  Gorgeous location, lots of friendly faces.  Just generally a great vibe.  And I’m not normally the sort of person to use the word ‘vibe’.

For more info click on the picture below…



A return to the lovely Swan pub for Ascott Under Wychwood’s finest…

Hopefully we should have a bit of a The Half Moon All Stars turnout on stage too, but there’ll be room for some solo stuff too. And support ably provided by Troubshort and Turnipseed.

If you like y’ur folk clubs and you haven’t yet been to the (relatively) new refurbed Wychwood, you should come along — got lots of exciting acts coming up…

Hi folks.

The James Bell Central site is finally up.

Like any good website (and all the bad ones) it’s not entirely finished.  Some parts work.  Some parts don’t.

The parts that don’t work are even more fascinating than the parts that do.

But teething problems aside, I’d like you to see this site as much like the Death Star in Return of the Jedi : almost comically unfinished on the surface, but still capable of unleashing untold destruction.

And also, still capable of being brought down by a very small scale attack by 2-person fighters.  Assisted by an army of adorable teddy bears.

It’s all a Vietnam allegory, basically.

Anyway, I think we’re going to be really happy together.

Love and kisses.  And gin.