The Magpies , Saturday 29 February 2020
Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney (guitar, vocals), acclaimed mandolin player Polly Bolton and fiddle player Holly Brandon came together last year, fusing Celtic folk with bluegrass in an exciting new collaboration. This all-female power trio is already establishing a fearsome reputation for their glittering live shows, onstage rapport and genre-busting original and traditional material.
Bella Gaffney (guitar, banjo, vocals) hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. Bella released her second album 'Heaven Knows' in the summer, and has supported folk luminaries including Jon Boden, Cara Dillon and Altan. She has appeared at festivals including Celtic Connections, Southwell Folk Festival, Bromyard folk festival, Moseley Folk Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, HebCelt and many more.
York-based Polly Bolton (mandolin, banjo, vocals) first picked up the mandolin as a child and has been touring internationally in various line ups since her early teens. She has performed at festivals including Wilderness, Boomtown Fair, Deer Shed, Festa do Avante! (Portugal), Beverley Folk Festival, Musicport, Towersey and Broadstairs Folk Week, as well as support slots with Tcha Limberger & Mozes Rosenberg, LAU and Hot Club of Cowtown. Polly is endorsed by Eastman™ (www.eastmanguitars.com).
Polly & Bella first jammed backstage after a show in York in the autumn of 2017 and the project grew from there. A great musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental collaboration. They each draw on their transatlantic influences to create their own blend of Celtic, bluegrass, oldtime and folk.
2019 sees the lineup expand and the pair recently begun working with Holly Brandon on fiddle. The project has been exceptionally well received so far, and over the past few months they have performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, main stage at Wickham Festival, Towersey Festival, Deer Shed Festival, Grassington and many more. They released their debut EP at a sold out show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe in July and they are recording an album set for release in late 2019.
"A natural chemistry... all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully... the mix of styles offers so much promise." Folk Radio UK
“Very well liked by the punters! A proper hit.” Bev Burton, Cambridge Folk Festival
Venue open 19:00
Hall Doors 19:30
Tickets are available from:
The Bristol Folk House
40A Park Street
Call: 0117 926 2987
Please note: There is a 50p Administration fee on all tickets
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