Bill (Belinda) with her lively style and fresh, unpretentious approach has established herself as a major talent on the UK folk scene, 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).
Bill's songs continue to receive regular airplay on local, national and international radio stations. All the 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.
During the busiest times, Bill's career became a successful family business - mum Felicity is Bill’s agent and manager, dad Pete (who was looking forward to a relaxing retirement - sorry Dad!) has now become admin assistant extraordinaire, and husband Chris is mailing list co-ordinator and website maintainer. Brick Wall Music has been set up as 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.
There have been no new albums or national tours and promotions since 2004 as Bill has been very busy with her two small children: Dominic (born December 2003) and Sean (born July 2005). However, this may change at some stage over 2009; and there are possibilities of Japanese and American tours,as well as some dates in the UK.