BELLA HARDY EPK
Released: Uk March 2015. North America April 2016
“Nothing short of a masterpiece.” – The Sunday Times “A triumph of folk art-pop” - Songlines Magazine
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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014, Bella Hardy's fine fiddling and mesmerising voice have propelled her to the vanguard of British folk music. Creating twisted tales that touch on both the fantastical elements of Kate Bush, and the lovelorn songwriting craft of Carole King, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks.
Since the release of her critically acclaimed ‘With The Dawn’ two years ago (“nothing short of a masterpiece” - The Sunday Times), she has spent a winter in China as British Council Musician in Residence, extensive time in Nashville co-writing and observing from coffee shop windows, and opened tours for Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter. Bella, her fiddles and her notebooks, have once again been traveling, thinking, flying, driving, training, reading and gazing.
Her new album, due for release in Autumn 2017, includes tracks such as ‘You Don’t Owe The World Pretty’ dedicated to daughters of all ages, ‘Stars’ based on an ancient poem from the Chinese Shijing, and ‘Learning To Let Go’ written underneath a magnolia tree in Berkeley California.
Bella hails from the small village of Edale in England’s Peak District. Although the Hardy family sang in the local choir, it was a combination of her childhood love for ballad books and visits to local folk festivals that decided her future. At 13 she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals and in 2004 reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award, having taught herself to fiddle sing. Following a BA in English Literature and a Masters degree in Music, Bella released her debut album Night Visiting in 2007. One of its songs, Three Black Feathers was nominated for a BBC Folk Award. It was her first original composition.
Since then Bella has continued to record and perform at a tremendous rate; appearing on numerous BBC radio and TV programmes, singing solo in a sold-out Albert Hall at the Proms, composing the music for a Radio 4 documentary on the Post Office, writing with former Beautiful South founder David Rotheray, forming an all-female fiddle group with folk royalty Eliza Carthy, and winning yet another Radio 2 Folk Award for her original song The Herring Girl (2012).