the story of betty donelly
betty, at age seven, started out on the violin and caught the stage bug quite soon..until at age 14 she got tired of her very strict female teacher... betty donelly grew up without rock and roll or pop songs whatsoever...her father strictly forbid it to be played in the house...only classical music and jazz, and a couple beatles singles were allowed alongside records of cliff richard..and django reinhardt...the rest was all classical... Read more on Last.fm
the story of betty donelly
betty, at age seven, started out on the violin and caught the stage bug quite soon..until at age 14 she got tired of her very strict female teacher... betty donelly grew up without rock and roll or pop songs whatsoever...her father strictly forbid it to be played in the house...only classical music and jazz, and a couple beatles singles were allowed alongside records of cliff richard..and django reinhardt...the rest was all classical...
so when betty was about 16 years old she got a hard reality check when everyone was suddenly a hard rocker or a punk or a disco freak...for the first time she discovered music of the new generation..one day when she was at home and listening to her brother's cassette she suddenly heard this magickal music coming out of the speaker...betty was really stunned when she heard that voice for the first time...it was let's go to bed from the cure...."i felt such a connectedness with that person i did not know...instantly...it never grew away again..."
in the last year of high school she decided she wanted to play in a band after seeing some friends do the same...it didn't work out well for the other band after having them stripped of their guitarist..anyways, THE FEAR created a local buzz and a small following but after a fight with the guitar player the fear split..
betty donelly immediately formed another band, a foursome this time just before the early nineties..."we played in venues that had like 500 people in there and were a big success every time we gigged..."
in the mean time betty was going to school as well...in fact she studied three different things all at once: social re-adaptation sciences, rock school for musical stage arts and business manager at some point it all became too much and that was the end of THE ELEPHANTS..you can still listen to those live oldies -
but then disaster struck betty on her day job as a civil servant..."i guess it all became a bit too much for me...maybe i couldn't handle all the stress from the 3 schools and my job and the elephants in between...so i went bananas and lived through a psychosis...over the next years i've had a couple of them but the more recent they occurred the less severe they became and the psychosises transitioned into manic euphoric symptoms...im still good", betty donelly says.
in 2004 betty recorded two songs and started digitising some cassettes and thus created her first web presence
the next two years were filled with writing new material, recording at home without drums...to the point where she is now ready to perform...solo
betty: "i'd rather play in a full band but if no one is willing or if i haven't met the right people yet i will play solo"
betty donelly is a transgendered indie musician from belgium
UPDATE 3 june 2008
betty donelly started an intense myspace marketing campaign and will continue to do it for three months straight every day.."i'll reveal my tactics after those three months", betty says.
the betty donelly free mini tour 2008 is coming to an end with two more guest appearances on a small event called De Revues in Brussels on 28 and 29 june 2008...betty goes on to explain: "i designed this tour, which mostly consisted of free charitable events, hence the name 'free mini tour 2008', to test traveling options (betty doesn't have a driver's license) and stamina, determination and perseverance..."it was nice to see how easy it was to get this tour scheduled, although it was really mini!" betty proudly exclaims..
plans are in the pipeline to collaborate with a non professional booker who has more than a foot in the door of theatres (in the sense of shakespeare plays) venues and cultural centers accross the country, which is belgium...
also, keep your eyes peeled on the photos page because a photoshoot is planned on 23 june 2008 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..