Land of my mother, it’s always a pleasure to perform in Germany! The year’s shows kicked off with a run of three shows in Ludwigshafen, Augsburg and Minden. After my guitar got left behind in London (thanks British Airways :/ ) we were re-united just in time for the second half of the show at Ludwigshafen and then it was onto Augsburg. Here’s a lovely review of that show to whet your appetites for more upcoming Germany dates, this time in Einbeck and Idar-Oberstein!
Wow, guys sorry it’s been a while since my last confession.. I mean blog post ;) . It’s been a glorious summer in many ways, and not just weather-wise so even though it’s getting colder again I feel thoroughly warmed by meeting so many amazing new people at all the shows over the past few months. I really appreciate it when you take the time to come and chat after and give your words of appreciation and encouragement.
This year it’s been so wonderful to be able to start touring in France and there have been really memorable shows in Strasbourg, Chamonix and Montpellier in the last couple of months alone. Amazing times and so great to be so incredibly enthusiastically received.
Here’s a lovely live review (below) from the show in Chamonix as published in Le Dauphiné Libéré, the regional newspaper.
The final show in France this year happens on 7th December in New Morning Paris!! See you there!
It's come around so fast!! Only two weeks to go til my new album 'Julia Biel' is released. Some lovely reviews trickling through already including this very comprehensive one from Jazz in Europe. If you've already ordered your CD via this site or via bandcamp or elsewhere, your CD will be dropping through your letterbox on 9th February or shortly after - and if you haven't yet, well, get involved! If you do so right now, you can be part of the build-up to the big day :)
There's so much going on behind the scenes - I've been working on a new video for 'Always' (the photo here is a still from it) - I can't wait for you to see the whole thing! Any day now....
You can listen again here to my little chat with Jamie Cullum on his BBC Radio 2 show (14.30 mins in)... Next week there's full band live session being recorded for BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends programme... I'll be in Paris for a few days in the week of the launch and in Germany for a few days the following week doing a full round of interviews and radio sessions... Meanwhile the ball is well and truly rolling in the Netherlands where 'Wasting Breath' has just been playlisted on NPO R2! Later in the month it's back to Germany for a full band live session on breakfast TV.
If you see me anywhere, hand me a bottle of water and give me a thumbs up like I'm running the marathon!!! Thanks for all your support everyone, I couldn't do it without you. The tour diary is filling up fast for the rest of the year so I really hope to see you somewhere along the way!
Just gone up for sale on Bandcamp are some Limited Edition CD copies of the upcoming 'Licence to be Cruel (Remix EP)' release! Featuring 5 remixed songs, fully re-worked by 5 highly acclaimed producers, SON LUX, TRIPTYC, WU-LU, YES KING and OTHER WORLDS, the full release will come out on 20th november but it is available to pre-order now via bandcamp in both the Limited Edition CD version and as digital downloads.
The EP will also be available to pre-order on Itunes and Amazon etc in the next few days but CDs of the release are only available via the bandcamp page! juliabiel.bandcamp.com. Bag your copy now before they're all gone!
I am still floating somewhere on Cloud 9 after an absolutely incredible summer of touring. The shows at weekend in Norway and Sweden were the icing on the cake with just such an amazingly warm and powerful reception from everyone who came. Myself, Idris and Saleem can't thank you enough for giving us some wonderful memories over these past few months.
Back in London now, I am working hard on preparing some new music for you, so do stay tuned and remember, if you want to be the first to hear about any new releases, free mp3s or be in line for exclusive early bird access to tickets (as and when possible!), do join the mailing list. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'join mailing list'!
Shows for this year continue in October - London, Ingolstadt and Vienna still to come!! See the 'tour' page for details :) Over and out for now.
And cable cars... Unexpected final mode of transport to the hotel when we hit Bolzano a couple of weeks back. That was a new one! And such a gorgeous festival to have been involved with. Ruth Goller, bass player extraordinaire based in London (and part of so many great acts) but originally from the Sued Tirol area of Northern Italy curated a London-centric programme for their festival this year and we managed to squeeze in 3 shows before heading out at 5am the next to get to my cousin's wedding in Germany. Anyway, I digress..!
After a couple of 'catch your breath' weeks, we're off again for the next busy phase of coming out to see you - and this time we heading to Spain, Germany, Austria, France and Wales!! Hope you're ready! See the tour page for full details of where you can catch up with us.
Hope you're having an amazing summer so far!
Features me this evening! If you're in the Berlin area of Germany you get to tune in on 92.40 FM but otherwise I think you can hear it on the website here: http://www.kulturradio.de/programm/sendungen/150629/the_voice_1930.html 19.30 German time obvs..
Just back from a whirlwind of a trip to U.S.A.... Wow! First time ever performing my music anywhere stateside so a real experience to savour and to treasure. Huge thanks to Brooklyn's Shapeshifter Lab and Rochester Jazz Festival for giving me a week crammed full of wonderful experiences and memories - AMAZING!!