Bill Jones - acclaimed UK folksinger
teacher and workshop leader
Bill (Belinda) with her lively style and fresh, unpretentious approach, launched herself onto the UK folk scene in 1998, delighting both die hard devotees of acoustic music and newcomers to the genre. In February 2001, less than a year after releasing her debut album Turn to Me, Bill won the Horizon (Best Newcomer) Award at the BBC Folk Awards.
Born in Staffordshire and now based in the North East, Bill plays accordion, piano, flute and Irish whistle, as well as having a sweet and soulful voice. Bill's live set features gentle songs to tug at your heart, energetic sets to get your feet tapping, and tales to enthrall, all bound together by gentle humour.
Bill spent her childhood training as a classical pianist/flautist and playing in her dad's ceilidh band. As a music student in London she studied jazz piano, whilst spending all her evenings playing flute in Irish sessions. From 1994 - 1996, Bill played keyboard and accordion in London-based indie band The Wise Wound, playing at venues across London and festivals such as Glastonbury. Over the last few years she has also proved herself an accomplished classical and folk tutor, running vocal and instrumental workshops and leading weekly flute/whistle classes for The Sage Gateshead.
Bill has released three studio albums. Turn to Me was released in March 2000, Panchpuran followed in May 2001, and Two Year Winter was released in July 2003. All have received critical acclaim - see reviews links for write-ups. In November 2001, Bill also released a limited edition four song EP, Bits & Pieces, and in September 2002 a live album - The Bill Jones Band "Live at The Live". Another addition to Bill's discography is the Faire Winds Live CD. Released in September 2003, it is a six song CD recorded during Bill's first USA tour with the Faire Winds (Bill, Anne Hills and Aoife Clancy).
All Bill's CDs, are available through this website, and also through Proper Music Distribution and Compass Records, who license Bill's recordings for the American, Asian and European market. Compass Records also offer Bill's albums as digital downloads.
During the busiest times, Bill's career became a successful family business, with mum Felicity at the helm as Bill's agent and manager. Brick Wall Music is a family-owned record label, housing all of Bill's CDs apart from Turn to Me which is on Bedspring Music. Thanks to Jacey and Brian Bedford (of the fantastic acappella trio Artisan) for allowing us to use their record label for Bill's first release.
For a timeline of Bill's career, please click here.
There have been no new albums or national tours and promotions since 2004 as Bill has been very busy teaching music, and raising her three sons Dominic (born 2003), Sean (2005) and Caden (2012).
Bill has been songwriting (both solo and with Anne Hills), and recording over the last year, when time has allowed. A new album is planned at some point over the next year, keep an eye on the News page for any updates.