When you hear the word 'Beyond', what does it make you think of? Looking out over the hills to a sunset? Staring into a swirling sea of complex currents? Depths of emotions that exceed the every-day? Perhaps a life and a love that is pushed to the utter limits beyond what we ourselves thought was possible? This album is all of these and more. Touching the highs and lows of her own experiences Judy paints a picture in music. The sweeping brush strokes of instrumentals like 'Riverflow' contrast with intimate portraits in songs like 'Silence'. This is music rooted in reality, not afraid to tell the truth about the good and the bad that we face in life, but above all, this music is filled with hope. Hope that somewhere, somehow, in the midst of all the rubbish and the routine, it is possible to love and be loved.... Possible to reach the limits of who we are, and to go beyond.... Judy - The Biog... Instruments played: Fiddle, Keyboards, Whistles, Accordion, Melodeon, Concertina, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Percussion. For the past 15 years Judy has been living with serious Multiple food allergies & severe chemical intolerance reactions. This means that she is unable to leave the house without someone with her, unable to eat foods without risking a serious life-threatening reaction and use a wheelchair as nerve damage means that she is unable to walk. As a teenager She spent several years bed-ridden and drip fed. Spending a lot of time in and out of hospitals she has experienced first hand the isolation and loneliness of living with a disability that is poorly understood and has a dramatic effect on every aspect of her life. Some five years ago Judy began writing songs and started to play keyboards. From these small beginnings music quickly developed into a central part of her life. She diversified from keyboards to play fiddle, whistles, guitar, accordion... and soon found herself playing fiddle with a folk band, jazz keyboards for solo jazz gigs, and keyboards for Bristol based trip-hop band Tribeca. After a couple of enjoyable years gigging in venues around Bristol, London & playing violin with a band at the UK Christian festival Easter People, Judy's continuing health problems put an end to her playing live and she began to concentrate on studio based projects. Judy's first solo album 'Shades of Light' was released in 2002. Songs from this album have been in the top 10 on numerous occasions on the internet radio station CelticChristianTunes.com. Copies of the album have been sold worldwide with sales in the USA, Spain, Netherlands, Australia etc as well as the UK. Her second album 'Worship - seeking the heart of the Father' received critical acclaim in the USA and has been played regularly on Celtic Radio stations like Celtic Spirit Radio. Now, despite having a difficult year with her health, Judy has returned to her Celtic/New-age roots to release a third solo album 'Beyond'. Judy has never claimed to be the next 'big thing' in Celtic music, or to be some 'super cripple' overcoming all the odds to write and record her songs. She is simply an ill, disabled woman, who thought her life was on the scrap heap, of no use to anyone. But through time, encouragement and perseverance Judy has found that music does indeed have the power to change lives. And through her songs, you too can find joy, inspiration and hope even in the most unexpected of circumstances. Whatever struggles, joys or difficulties you are facing just now, Judy's music is a rare oasis of hope and inspiration. Allow her music to touch your heart. Prepare to go Beyond...
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