Saturday, December 20, 2008

NEW betty donelly release !!

hello folks...

betty donelly is back in the trenches with "skye boat song", a betty donelly productions remake of the old celtic song

words were written by Robert Louis Stevenson in the nineteen hundreds...the words that i use anyway...because there's plenty of versions going round ...just look up the song in youtube and you'll find all about it...if you're interested of course...

and i've even made an easy video, you'll see...!

here's my player....just hit the play button on my nose...

it'll start playing..


betty donelly


Friday, November 07, 2008

NEW betty donelly oldie released on MEVIO

hello again

i know this will sound a bit weird but last night i was googling my own name and stumbled upon the betty donelly MEVIO profile...

i didn't even know i had such a profile, and what's more i did a weird discovery...i found that i actually had uploaded a never before released song called's the first song i ever wrote back in the eighties and this version was performed by my former band THE ELEPHANTS in the early nineties (probably 1993 in brussels, belgium)...

it's a digitised version taken from an old cassette that was recorded through the PA system, which is why you can't really hear much of the audience screaming with enthousiasm...

the very beginning of the recording is missing so i guess that's why i never published the song on the worldwide interweb!

but it's available for your listening pleasure on MEVIO ...

so it's definitely worth checking out ...

end of reel

betty donelly

NEW never reveiled betty donelly photos on facebook

hello everybody

please join betty donelly on facebook to enjoy the latest betty donelly photos released for the first time

you will just have to join me on facebook as a friend....


betty donelly

Friday, October 31, 2008

NEW...belladonna saucer eyes released exclusively on reverbnation !!


this message was approved by the united countries of bettyland...

citizens gather from both far and near
for a listen of betty donelly's new song
if you want you can listen again and again
'cause now her tune is soaring

every impression a dollar for her
so come on inside and give it a stir
her songs are never boring

so she spins you around
other gems to be found
on her reverbnation player

oh it's time for some widget deploying..!

have a blast! enjoy the new song...

betty donelly


Saturday, October 25, 2008

who is betty donelly - the early days

who is betty donelly?

more information can already be found, scattered throughout the worldwide interweb ...

as for my musical schooling, i must say that thanks to my dad, i
started out very early when he send me to music school to study the
violin and music theory at age seven...

apparently i was better with my instrument than i was with the theory,
because after a few years, i was a couple years ahead on the violin,
due to having failed a few times in music theory

that was really no fun anymore, because on the violin i was presented
with materials that hadn't even been covered in my theory class, so i
quit when i was fourteen years old..

a bit later i got hold of an old spanish guitar, and learned slowly at
first, by playing along with music mainly from the band the cure, who's
music eventually shaped my life, my soul and my beliefs and way of

at seventeen, having stripped our high school band from their guitar
player, we formed our first band, which i got the honour to name..the
name choice was a no brainer for me, i called the band the fear...

i used the 'the', because i wanted us to be included in the long
traditional hall of fame list of bands that start their band name by
'the', including the beatles, the rolling stones, the byrds, the cure
and such

i used 'the fear', because that was my main emotion at that time...i
was in particular very aware of the feeling i was born in the wrong
era, the feeling of being born a couple hundred years too early...i was
constantly feeling alienated from this current primitive society...a
humanity still in it's puberty, with all its testosterone induced wars,
power games, cold wars and groce injustice...

the music of the fear, in which i played the bass, was obviously very
dark and somber, painting an image of a depressed state of mind, and
love sorrows mainly...there is one song of the fear online over HERE , a tune called one last time, one of our early gemstones

after a fight with the guitar player/singer, the three piece
(guitar/vocals, drums, bass), disintegrated and shortly after i was
able to form another band called the elephants, a band name i had once
again chosen myself, and which reflected my already deep rooted
concerns about the earth's environmental particular, listen to
the song 'deep' on the same page as mentioned just above..

the elephants existed for four or five years maybe, with a kickstart in
the end of the eighties, until the band once more disintegrated back in

the musicforte page could be considered a tribute to my early years as
a band member, and still holds deer and fond memories in my
was a great period after all...we managed to gig regularly and created
a regional buzz and following, ending up playing gigs in venues that
supported 500-800 people, playing local festivals and youth clubs...

after a long period of just working to earn my daily bread, i managed
to record two songs on my computer in 2004, all by first
solo songs...

these two songs, 'my untouchable friend' and 'the void', can be found HERE

this marked the start of betty donelly solo....

have a wonderful day

betty donelly

Sunday, September 14, 2008

new songs coming up soon

from the betty donelly headquarters


currently betty donelly is writing new material in the form of words, lyrics, guitar riffs and bass lines

"i have been writing a lot of pages recently and just finished recording work versions of two new songs...

i'll just have to wait for one song to be cleared at the performance rights society and then in the mean time i'll record a definite version...sort of...i'm still stuck recording from the comfort of my living room so no drums...i'm really no good at electronic drums and such.."

so watch out for the betty donelly reverbnation page where the new song will be posted as soon as possible

until next time...sorry it took so long to post something on this blog !

the betty donelly crew

Friday, August 08, 2008

new betty donelly fan exclusive available for reverbation fans only

hello and a very good day to you

since i have been neglecting my music playing lately in favour of online activities, including a whole new fact, this blog is now integrated into my new betty donelly HOME,
so be sure to check it out...

as well as a new reverbnation fan exclusive release produced on 7 august 2008, with another recording technique which allows me to sing and play simultaneously ...if you want to listen to this secial rehearsal session version of 'in the begin' you'd better become a betty donelly fan through reverbnation

you can easily sign up to the mailing list but a better option is to register with reverbnation so you can have access to thousand of bands from allover the place...

that way you can become a fan through reverbnation which has better options like pm'ing me through the website's messaging facility

just go for it..

betty donelly

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

become a believer...get this artist into the studio


do you believe in betty donelly? is your chance to become an official betty donelly believer and force her to produce an album with the best professionals out there and in the best studio a $50.000 budget can afford!

how?...please read all about it HERE

i registered with SELLABAND just yesterday and the first donations have been made already..

the goal is to raise a recording budget of $50.000 in as short a notice as possible...the bottom line idea is that you can buy "$10 parts" if i can convince 5000 believers to buy one betty donelly "part" for just $10, or 2500 believers buying 2 parts each, then i will be appointed an A&R guy, and a topnotch producer and studio.., and i will have to deliver a MASTER within six months from attaining the $50.000 budget goal!

i most certainly believe in you! please become a betty donelly believer!

here's the direct special LINK again

have a great day all of you!

betty donelly

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

betty donelly prayer for peace and love 2008

today, of all days, i was confronted with a message on seemed it came from a fellow musician...the giant keyboard next to him on the profile pic gave that away..

and if by heaven sent itself..this website presented itself in front of me..

if you are an artist this is for can send your prayer for love and peace...i've written mine already...just click on the link above and you can browse through the numerous prayers, from artists all around the world..

take good care

betty donelly
betty donelly rocks

Monday, June 23, 2008

first betty donelly professional photoshoot is a wrap..

hi again

on 23 june 2008 i got up at about 5:30 AM to get ready for the shoot..i also had an audition planned in the same location, so i had to pack my gear as well...

i thought it would be cool to have my little amp and two guitars with me as well as a mike stand and of course..a guitar is an electro-acoustic black stagg guitar and the other is the Ultracure, designed by Robert Smith from the be sure to check out these photos once i've put them up..

i especially want to thank my mother for being so kind to drive me wasn't far...but it was rush hour and just the fact that she had to get out of bed so early for me was just very nice of her...

so we did more than 300 pictures which i will get to see tomorrow...i can't wait!...

it'll be a fantastic way to spice up my myspace and other social networking pages...and they'll be part of great promo packages or press kits to send out to clubs and venues for landing gig contracts...

yesterday i made some changes to the song 'my untouchable friend' and started writing two new songs...more on that later..

stay tuned..


Saturday, June 07, 2008

the business side of betty donelly

being fascinated by the marriage of art and business is nothing to be ashamed of...on the contrary, learning to channel creative energy into innovative business deals is something which excites me and is something i should be proud of, if i really want to establish myself as an artist..

so that's exactly what i am doing: learning the basics of the music business..

there's no point in waiting or hoping for that big break, unless i take matters in my own hands, by doing it myself.

over time, i have gathered bits and pieces of information, but the puzzle never really was complete...

well, i did some basic research on some topics of the music business and suddenly i already have a much clearer picture...

i always had trouble defining basic but very important things like goals, both short and long term, strategies and tactics...

what i really lacked was some clear vision in my mind of how to reach goals i didn't even had!...the mental picture or vision is slowly emerging in my mind...and a clear vision leads to a mission and gives this mission the necessary energy to forge forward in faith.

the mission implements my vision and provides a vehicle to move toward my goals...

i would go further and state that my ambition to be a professional musician started long ago with a big dream that would go on and on...this dream created in me a burning desire...and i think it is this desire that is the starting point of my journey toward reaching my goals...a desire is something completely different than a wish...i could wish for that big break all i want, unless i have this burning desire to actually take action, nothing will happen...

i realise that i have reached the village from where i will start my climb to the mount everest base camp..and that the journey to the top will be long, hard and full of obstacles...

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 exclusive betty donelly release


betty has just released a new home recording called 'the storm will never pass'

the song is not new though (2005)...but the recording is..

you can find it here: the storm will never pass

the song means a lot to me...i played this song in 2006 at the funeral of two of my friends who committed suicide by jumping in front of a passing train hand in hand...i just replaced the words 'me' and 'i' to 'you'.

on this page, a remake of 'in the begin' can be found as well...i think it's better than the reverbnation version, in which the solo guitar had a lot of i will replace the reverbnation version with the remake recording as soon as i am able...i'm not a solo guitar player, but being a solo artist forces me to take up that task...i try my hardest and i sure need to practice a lot if i want to get into the studio...

i have plans in that direction...i found a studio for 15 €/hour..which is dead cheap..

i want to demo three best songs..but i'm still unsure as to which ones i should choose...

if you have any suggestions, contact me please...just scroll down to the very bottom of this blog and use the 'CONTACT US' link...thanks..!

end of reel

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

how to join the betty donelly network exclusive club

if you would like to become a member of the special exclusive betty donelly network please follow these steps

1. sign up as a betty donelly street team member below


2. Forward the email you will receive to if you want to be a part of this exclusive betty donelly team club...i will then know you are serious about joining

3. i will send you a betty donelly network invitation...

View my page on betty donelly network

betty donelly conquers nr 1,2 and 3 spots in ionsonic charts


i discoverd this website a couple days ago and started to upload my music and videos immediate after setting up my profile at ionsonic

in no time i was in the charts aswell as the top 5 for today...currently my songs fill up number one two and three positions...and i am regularly featured on the 'artist spotlight' section aswell as in the 'featured artists' section...

Friday, May 09, 2008

8 may rehearsal and recordings


tonight as i sit down i realise i've done some good work...not like yesterday...yesterday was a terrible music day...everything i did sucked.....

but today i've reached that point where i can play my songs ok..ready for the big show the 14th....i've done some voice checks and found elements upon which to improve...guess i'll be at it the whole weekend...

Monday, May 05, 2008

betty donelly new release


it's been a while since betty donelly recorded a new track but today is different...

'in the begin' is a cosmic epic song that tries to formulate an answer to questions like how the universe came to be...of course with the necessary humour because no one really knows...there are some great metaphors referring to spinning galaxies and the role of our planet within one of them...

as opposed to my other (newest) songs i've included a solo guitar with some distortion and because i really wanted to finish recording by 10PM tonight (neighbours you know!) i didn't have the time to rehearse so let's just call it a rush version ..

i really hope you enjoy the new song and please hollor if you have any comments..i always appreciate an honest critic!


Sunday, April 27, 2008

betty donelly's first show was a success

on 25 april 2008, betty donelly did her first show of the free mini tour 2008...

it was a huge success...she only had 15 minutes to prove herself but that's exactly what she did!..

she played three songs, two of which never released before, PORCELAIN BABY and IN THE BEGIN...

the other song was EPYPHITES which went down well aswell..

today, 27 a few hours betty donelly will perform her full set in a bar in Kortenberg, BE...

although she was struck by food poisoning from eating bad calamares and an oversized pizza, she's better now.."i hope everything goes smooth, i've put on my make up, all my gear is packed and i'm ready to go!"

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

betty donelly mini tour 2008


it's been a while since my last post but i had some computer trouble..someone ..a close friend of mine..sent me a nasty computer virus through msn and it took me a few weeks to solve the problem..

it's ok computer is virus free again ..

i've been working on the betty donelly podcasts page and assembled and submitted my very first podcast.. check it's nothing's just the three songs i entered into the international songwriting competition without interruption..and i also changed the order of the songs.. one of my previous posts i mentioned i would get together with stefania (bass guitar) and that i'd be demoing a song with a production company..but the two deals never saw the sunlight so i deleted those posts.

but as it happens my new years' resolution..the only one i made for 2008 is really coming to shape...a mini tour that will kick off on 25 april in an intimate secret setting for a selected audience...that same day i will perform twice...once on my own and the other show will be as bassist and drummer of the rolling dice...they are a cover band and we will perform songs by the beatles, the doors, the rolling stones, lionel richie and others...i will take on the drums on three'll be a real challenge playing drums's been a while :o)...but then again i already performed on drums with the rolling dice in january 2008, so i'm quite hopefull..

some concert dates are already fixed: 25 april (secret gig), 27 april in Kortenberg,BE...15 may (that's a maybe since i have to go through an audition for that one) in Kortenberg,BE and 28/29 june in Brussels,BE

Thursday, March 06, 2008

betty donelly is currently writing new material


over the past weekend i really was in a creative mood and had a writing frenzy going on

i must have written material for at least 5 to six new songs

betty donelly made a new music industry contact and might be recording a demo soon, with real musicians and such...more on that later

that's it for now

take care

betty donelly

Friday, February 29, 2008

betty donelly gets involved in mental health patients' band


since 7 january 2008, betty donelly is involved in some part time volunteer work in a day activity center for mental health patients..

activities include amongst others painting, sculpting cooking

they have a band which is called the rolling dice...i have engaged myself temporarily to rehearse with the band which plays covers ranging from the beatles, the doors,to brazillian bossanova music to lionel ritchie and's a great way for me to get used to playing in a full band again and i can switch instruments so one day i play the bass guitar and other times i play the drums or guitar...i performed once with the band already and there's more shows coming up

these people are brilliant and i already learned a lot from playing with the rolling playing softer or louder when appropriate...

i'm also involved in weekly dancing lessons which will turn me into a star of the floor when i will go dancing which is something i really enjoy doing

that's it
take good care

and remember, you can donate free rice through the united nations by going to and play the lingo game for as long as possible

Monday, February 25, 2008

great incentive to join the betty donelly network as a street team member


if you're involved in music in any way you definately should consider signing up as a motivated street team member..

you will then be invited into the betty donelly private network..which will be loaded with great information on how to promote your music online aswell as offline..

you will have a blog at your disposal and there's a forum too!

you will be able to get in touch with likeminded individuals's not just about promoting MY stuff, but you will really get something out of it aswell..

i sure can use all the help i can get so please join below!

see you on the inside of the betty donelly network

Saturday, February 23, 2008

new gear may get betty donelly on the road


yesterday was a great day for me..i went to the music store and purchased a set of an electro-acoustic guitar and matching cute little amplifier..

it was a special promotion and the price was 199 €...well i got a softcase and some other stuff that he threw in for a total of 240 €..

since i don't have a car traveling with my gear always was an obstacle to me but now that obstacle has just been removed..

i can easily travel with the amp and softcase...

with my schecter ultracure guitar it would be impossible to perform without a car because then i'd have to carry my fender deluxe plus amp which is way out of my muscle range

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

about the betty donelly network

i've started to attack a blank piece of internet network...there are no members yet i've begun some topics in my forum, which i have to create out of thin air...

even now it can be usefull because i can write here about topics that are music related in one central place, without having to publish it on the world wide internet..remember it's a private area for motivated street team members it's set to private and for now im the only one who can view this material, so i can experiment as much as i want, without really making a fool of myself everytime lol

anyway...i'm not telling i know it all...that's where you (be it as a fan, an experienced musician or someone in between) come into this secret hide out we can all become better at what we do when we stick our heads together and beat the traffic - conversion game to name one specific thing i am having difficulties with
so if you like our music (yes we are two now) please enroll in the mailing list and as a street team member...enroll below..


betty donelly

Sunday, February 17, 2008

take the betty donelly songs POLL !!

be sure to take the poll on my myspace page're opinion matters a lot to me. thank you!

a half hour left to go in my chatroom and no one has visited me ...yet!

i think im gonna explore my space a little more...keeps me busy...

betty donelly profile on My is offline


as it happens, the day i put my story on My whole thing went 'under construction''s been about a week in that state now so please be patient until the site is back up and running

the first chatsession was a disaster i had no visitors at all! and today i forgot about it and logged in two hours into the session...when i arrived the room was empty...

i rode some add trains on myspace and put widgets banners and miniplayers onto the my space bulletins and had a peak of 30 visitors on this blog and an amazing increase though in my myspace profile views ...but these are ridiculous small amounts in comparison to my first official web ... where the first month of the launch i had 70000 hits and the next month 50000. ...i lost that one because i didn't have a credit card anymore...i had bought the domain name at hostbaby, which is a very cool way to get acquainted which the musical online world but i couldn't pay online anymore so my domain name has been in the hands of the likes of tucows and microsoft...but pays off to spend a whole day or night behind your puter to get things going on my web...even though it's still about small numbers...i strongly believe that every listener counts and that if you feel moved or touched by my music i welcome your feedback even if it is negative comments i can still learn from it and i do listen to what our listeners have to say...but everything here bathes in silence and lonesome being and i want things to start happening so if you like what you read see and hear through this blog then by all means...SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT BETTY DONELLY ...!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

spicy betty donelly secrets revealed for the first time


betty donelly speaks openly to the general public for the first time..

read all the juicy details in the about me section of this cute indie community page

please don't choke on it..


Saturday, February 09, 2008

NEW...betty donelly network

betty donelly is proud to introduce the betty donelly's a private members only area for the betty donelly street team...if you want to join you can sign up as a fan below and mark that you also wanna be a street team will then be invited to this superb private members only street team !


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

about the betty donelly fanclub

hello dear music lover,

if you are interested in becoming a betty donelly fan please take out some time to read this post

love as always

your betty

ps: rate betty donelly songs on betty donelly page...hint: you can download three of my songs there for's the ones that i sent in to the international songwriting competition. i didn't make it it into the finals though...oh well...better luck next time

chat with betty donelly

hey hey,

i have been neglecting my chat facility for some time i was thinking to fix a day per week where i would be available in my chatroom (see sidebar, links section "betty donelly fan and jamchat")...

but with me being here in belgium and all, it's difficult to find the right time to globally chat, especially with people from the US, or let alone new zealand or australia.. and especially if you want to play music with me, which by the way is perfectly possible in my topnotch audio/video chat facility.

so lemme about every sunday from 7PM GMT+1 till 10 PM (i believe that would translate to 1PM-4PM EST/GMT-5)

you can find the link to my chatrooom on the sidebar of this page , under the links section....or you can click through here to get there...see YOU on the other's a no age restriction zone so please keep your language clean...! thank you


betty donelly

ps: why don't you take out some time to vist my my space page

upcoming shows

hello again,

betty donelly really kicks off the year by surprising friends and enemies alike!...

with no band, no car and not even a driver's license i dared to apply for an audition for two shows in brussels near the end of june...the audition will take place in may and if i have to i'll just take my acoustic guitar and take the bus to get there! in this show, which consists of several acts i am allowed to only play two songs or 15 minutes

also coming up in may is an open mike concert, also in brussels where i will get to play my full repertoire, which is about ten songs by now...i know i know, i do have more songs recorded but some of them i forgot how to play and i can't find the right chords and stuff anymore!

next i will be applying for a gig in the city of leuven, belgium in the depot where there's also an open mike every month....i will be allowed to play three songs...

i hope by then i will have found someone with a car to take care of the transport otherwise i will be forced to perform with my acoustic guitar (no jacks).....oh that time i better buy some light gauge strings because now it hurts so much to play that guitar and it's not good for the overall quality of my playing, even with medium gauge strings

spread love around

betty donelly

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

betty donelly and the international songwriting competition

hi there,

i didn't make it to the finals of the international songwriting competition..
does that mean my music is crap? worhtless and should i give up?..betty doesn't think so...i do think it's time to rethink my songwriting capabilities, learn to write better songs and ...most important...get a band together...i took the bull by the horns and today i asked this cute girl i know if she would be interested in playing the bass guitar in my upcoming band and she said yes! i know it's not the first time someone agreed to work with me and then it didn't work out.i had this problem when i was looking for a drummer...

but i think this girl is really motivated and ready to go...let's hope would certainly kickstart the new year in a very good sense...

anyway...i won't let my hair down and i'm ready to fight the fight more than ever before..

if you would like to comment on my songs please do so..i could use any reviews of my songs because i lack the opinions of unbiased listeners...of course, me, myself and i think my music rocks...but what do you think...?

you can listen to the songs i entered for the competition here

go for it!

ps: don't forget to play the free rice can mean dead or alive for hungry children in developing countries (see my previous post)

as always


your betty

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

donate free rice through the united nations

hello again

please help by giving away free rice through this amazing united nations online game
when i play this game for about 15 minutes i manage to give away about 3000 grains of rice, which could feed a child in one of the developing countries.

this game is free to play and is sponsored by the united nations

do take action

go to

bless you!!