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Member of The Magpies the ‘Effervescent’ Bella Hardy is playing in the midlands as part of her UK spring tour

Member of The Magpies the ‘Effervescent’ Bella Hardy is playing Nottingham, Leamington Spa, Leicester and Birmingham as part of her U K spring tour. Tickets are available via her website or the ticket links below.

Bella Gaffney

Bella Gaffney is a British singer-songwriter, guitar and banjo player who has established herself as a prominent figure in the folk music scene. Born and raised in Bradford in West Yorkshire, Bella’s love for music began at a young age, when she would visit her local folk club, The Topic.

In 2016, Bella won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, a music festival held annually in Glasgow, Scotland. The award recognizes emerging talent in the Scottish folk music scene and has helped launch the careers of many successful musicians over the years. Bella’s win was a testament to her song-writing skills and her ability to put a fresh spin on traditional folk pieces. Bella is also part of the sought after folk band The Magpies who have been described as ‘effervescent’ by The Sunday Times.

In 2023 Bella released her new album ‘Reflections’.  The album was inspired by the connections she made during the lockdown period and features collaborations with some of the most talented musicians in the folk music scene, including Sam Kelly and Leesa Ghentz of Hussy Hicks.  ‘Reflections’ has been described by folk radio UK as: ‘One of the best folk albums in whatever year it was released’.

Bella’s music is characterised by her  distinctive voice, intricate guitar playing, and her knack for storytelling. She draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including her own life experiences, the natural world, and the rich history of folk music.

‘Great singer, great guitarist, really interesting songwriter’

Mike Harding

March 24th– Nottingham- Poppy Folk Club, The Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, nottingham, NG2 5DX. – Poppy folk day. All day event. Tickets for whole day £25 or tickets can be bought for Individual concerts by contacting Juliet:

April 8th– Leamington Spa- Temperance bar, 33 Bath Street, CV31 3AF. 7-11 pm Free but suggested donation of £10.

April 9th– Leicester- The Musician- Clyde street, LE1 2DE. 8-11pm. £10 advance, £12 on the door. Tickets-

April 17th– Birmingham- Red Lion- 229 Vicarage road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LY. 7.15-10.30 pm. £12. 0121-472-4253 (+ support Small Change) Bella live Bella live

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