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Steve ‘The Bard Of Ely’ Andrews
A Singer/Songwritrer & Activist From Cardiff Now Living In Portugal
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The Bard Of Ely with Mother Nature Rap
“Mother Nature Rap” was written and performed by Steve Andrews aka The Bard of Ely.
It is a change of style, genre and direction for Steve.
The song was recorded in Portugal at Verdelho Studio with Ricardo Verdelho as producer, and then had synth overdubs by Crum ex-Hawkwind and formerly of Moonloonies added.
Crum’s synth and keyboards wizardry adds a synthwave touch.
Credits for the music video production are given below:
Directed by: Pedro Augusto Almeida
Photography and Grading: Raquel Moreira
Assistant Director Pedro Estêvão Semedo
Producer Bianca Ferreira
A GARAGEM production
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Steve Andrews aka ‘The Bard Of Ely’
Steve Andrews is a singer-songwriter from Cardiff, now based in Portugal.
Called a “Famous Cardiffian” by two websites and a “Welsh icon” in Wikipedia, he’s also known as the Bard of Ely, a title he was given by Big Issue Cymru magazine when he was a columnist for the publication.
He’s performed at the Green Man and Glastonbury Festivals and was an MC at both events.
His song “You’re a Liar, Nicky Wire,” which fronted the “Taffia” EP on Crai Records in 2002, was rave reviewed in the NME Singles page, and it was produced by Phil Moxham of the legendary Young Marble Giants.
In 2017, Andrews was a finalist in the Best Solo Act category of the Cardiff Music Awards, and was featured on the “Britain’s Got Talent” TV show.
The same year he began working with Jayce Lewis as his producer and recorded the album Songs of the Now and Then at Lewis’s Northstone Studios in Bridgend, south Wales.
“Where Does All The Plastic Go?” one of the songs on this album, has attracted international coverage in the media.
It has been written about in Filippo Solibello’s Italian book SPAM Stop Plastica A Mare, it has been twice featured in The Portugal News, broadcast on WBAI FM‘s “Eco-Logic Show” from NY, and included in The Wave magazine from the Rotary Club of Wyndham Harbour in Australia.
Back in the UK, this song was very favourably reviewed by Amelia Vandergast of A&R Factory, and was included in articles in SWND Magazine from Wales and in the GONZO Weekly from England. A video for “Where Does All The Plastic Go?” was filmed by Filipe Rafael in Portugal.
Andrews recorded the songs “Time For Ocean Aid” and “Mother Nature Rap” with Ricardo Verdelho as his producer at Verdelho Studio in Quinta do Conde, Portugal, and both songs had synth overdubs contributed by Julian Crimmins aka Crum, formerly of Hawkwind and Moonloonies, and living in Cardiff, Wales. Pedro Augusto Almeida, a much acclaimed Portuguese filmmaker, created a music video for “Mother Nature Rap.”
More Bard Of Ely Hot Tracks To Check Out
“Time For Ocean Aid ”
Is a song written to introduce my idea for “Ocean Aid ” concerts. This was recorded in Portugal but has synth by Crum from Wales again.
“Where Does All The Plastic Go?”
Is an environmental protest song that speaks for itself.
“The Nightingale (feat. Mab Jones)”
Is an acoustic protest song about saving the natural world. It refers specifically to the past destruction of trees in Sheffield.
“Usually” explains itself.
It has a certain early Dylanesque quality.
Is simply an acoustic love song. I had big dreams for this. I thought a boy band could make a hit out of the song.
“Girl Singer (feat Mab Jones)”
Is another love song of sorts but comments on how hard it is in the music business.
Is an old song that encourages audience participation. It is not like anything I can name.
“Love Is The Name”
Is another love song. It features guitar by Madi.