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Welcome to the site for Ray Bell and for the acoustic duo 'Bellingham' (Ray Bell & Tahnis Cunningham)

This performance of 'New Found Melody' is from April 2009 and is part of a series called 'Stripped Down'. We played tunes from Karrnnel's CD as well as some Canadian Fiddle standards.

Rockin' With Reg 

One of the many joys of the Ginger reunion this summer was not only seeing my dear friend Reg Ballagh but to actually play a gig with him again after over forty years! I was asked to play at one of my students 60th birthday party. I didn't actually ask Reg if he wanted to do it, I said to him 'I have a gig for us'. We had a couple of rehearsals in which we had great fun working out arrangements but it was mostly Reg playing along with my repetoire. We did the gig and played for two and a half hours where we played everything from old time fiddle tunes, motown songs, Beatles and bluegrass as well as a bunch of my tunes. We even got birthday boy Bill to sing some of his favourite Jimmy Buffett songs! Reg played along with everything with consummate taste and musicianship.  Everything he played was the right thing at the right time and at the right volume. Such a joy.
There were about 70 people in Bill's backyard that night and we had a great time celebrating his birthday. Thanks for having us at the party Bill and Wendy, we had a blast!!! Here we are in action.

Ginger Reunion 

Back in 1969 when the world was watching 'The Ed Sullivan Show', 'The Beverly Hillbillies' and 'Bonanza', when the choices for cars was still Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler, when we heard about Neil Armstrong being the first man on the moon and also about Woodstock, when we listened to Abbey Road while we were wearing bell bottom jeans and tie-dye shirts, I was in a band called Ginger! For a wonderful week starting on the 31st. of July, 2015 the stars lined up and we all congregated in Regina to play songs we had played together forty-five years ago. Myself and Ryan Arnott, lead singer in the band still live in Regina but the others came from far away to to talk about the past, the present and the future. Bassist Ian Tyler has been living in England since '75 . Drummer Reg Ballagh moved from Regina to Victoria in '73 and then a few years later moved on to Prince Edward Island. Guitarist Terry Blott lives in Oakville Ontario  and roadie Andy Stadnyk lives on Manatoulin Island in Ontario.  Not only were we all together in the same country for the first time in forty -five years, we were actually in the same room!!! We played songs from the old set list. We navigated our way through 'Born In Chicago' 'Dust My Broom' 'Tell Mama', and 'Born Under A Bad Sign' as well as a several others which included an original song with lyrics by Ryan and music by the rest of the band. Such a great week with so many good times reminiscing about those formative years laughing hysterically as we relived those times watching slides and talking enthusiastically about when we could do it again! Thanks to Ryan for suggesting the whole thing and thanks to the rest of the band to make it happen! Here's to the next reunion!!

Recordin' With Jordan 

This past January I had the pleasure of meeting up with one of my old guitar students, Jordan Ast, at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. Jordan had already successfully completed one year of studies focusing on guitar and was part way through his second year focusing on recording. I took a cab to the music campus in a winter storm and the trip took at least three times as long as it normally would. I found my way down to the second basement and after asking a few people  arrived at one of the studios deep in the depths of the building. Jordan had booked a few hours of time and as I was already late we got straight to work. He set up a few mic's and I tuned up and we worked on some recording levels. We managed to get two tunes recorded that evening and it was a real treat for me to have someone else do the engineering so I could concentrate on playing the songs. I record at home and am usually looking after all the aspects of the session. It was great to see Jordan in that music school environment surrounded by all the musicians and recording engineering students, most of whom he seemed to know. He gave me a tour of the other main studio and played me some tracks he had recorded the day before of some students from the school. The playing on the recording and the quality of the recording were both quite impressive. Great to see someone in their element, doing what they should be doing!
Anybody seen the drummer?

Anybody seen the drummer?

Jordan at the controls.

Jordan at the controls.

Previous events

Jul4

Fiddly Ness Fiddle Camp

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Online, Your house, Wherever you live.

I'm so happy to let you know that I WILL be teaching at a camp this Summer!!! Fiddly Ness is going online the 4th and 5th of July 2020. The camp will include an online jam session, online classes with instructors in fiddle, banjo, piano, guitar, upright bass, and evening concerts put together by world class musicians! See you there!

Art/Artifaction

Royal Saskatchewan Museum, 2445 Albert St., Regina, Sk.

I'll be back playing instrumental acoustic guitar music for the Museum's annual fundraiser. A wonderful facility and a gig I always look forward to!

Jan1

New Years Day Celebration

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Government House, 4607 Dewdney Ave., Regina, Sk.

The first New Year's Day Levee was started in 1884 by Lieutenant Governor Edgar Dewdney. This is a continuation of that tradition and I'll be accompanying fiddler Tahnis Cunningham as we play a variety of fiddle music at this open house.

Jul27

Private Function

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina

Sep21

Sigma Clinic

Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Ave., Regina, Sk.

I'm really looking forward to being at Sawchyn's Guitar Shop and to be talking about and demonstrating Sigma Guitars. I'll be playing several different styles and talking about my approach to playing as it has evolved over the years. Hope to see you there!

Jul31

Nanaimo Fiddle Society Camp

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Aspengrove School, 7660 Clark Drive, Nanaimo

I'm really excited to be teaching at this camp for the first time with Tahnis Cunningham, Gordon Stobbe, J.J. Guy, Geoff Horrocks and Trish Horrocks. I'll be teaching the guitar student different ways to accompany fiddlers. See you there!

Jul10

Kootenay #9 Fiddle Workshop

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Selkirk College, Castlegar Campus, Castlegar, B.C.

I'll be back again to the this fabulous Camp in the Kootenay Mountains in Castlegar B.C. This is the 16th annual camp where I'll get to teach with Gordon stobbe, J.J. Guy, Tahnis Cunningham, Ivonne Hernandez, Geoff Horrocks, Trish Horrocks Mike Sanyshyn and Kimberly Holmes and Colin Buchart.

Jul1

Canada Day

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Government House, 4607 Dewdney Ave., Regina

I'll be accompanying Master Metis Fiddler John Arcand and Metis jigger Krystle Pederson as we celebrate Canada 150 at the beautiful grounds of Government House in Regina.

Tattoo Royale:Majesty In Motion

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Brandt Centre, Exhibition Park, Regina

Tattoo Royale:Majesty In Motion

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Brandt Centre, Exhibition Park, Regina

Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival

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Victoria Park, Regina

Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival

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Victoria Park, Regina

1st. Annual Regina Guitar Festival

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The Exchange and The Club, 2431 8th Ave., Regina

A guitar happening where I'll be performing and demonstrating different styles and techniques. I'll be starting at 1pm and will be followed by Rob D. (The Bureau) Justin Bender (Into Eternity) and Murray Pulver (Crash Test Dummies). There will also be a Guest Panel as well as a Guitar Maintenance Workshop and a Trade Show.

Nov30

Private Function

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Kreate, Regina

A private function where I'll be playing instrumental guitar music for the nice folks at Kreate Architecture.

Jul11

Kootenay #9 Fiddle Cap

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Selkirk College, Castlegar, B.C.

I'll be back at this wonderful camp in the heart of the Kootenay mountains for another great week of teaching and playing along with, among others, Gordon Stobbe, JJ Guy and Tahnis Cunningham.

Jun3

Mosaic

Irish Pavillion, Regina, Sk.

Tahnis Cunningham and Ray Bell (Bellingham) will be performing four half hour sets at the Irish pavillion at the festival. Friday at 6:05pm and 7:10pm. and on saturday at 2:55pm and 4:40pm. We'll be playing a mix of jigs and reels from the celtic tradition.

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