Bella, Polly and the Magpies
“A natural chemistry… all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully… the mix of styles offers so much promise.” Folk Radio UK
The musical fireworks produced by Bella Gaffney (guitar,banjo and vocals) and Polly Bolton, (mandolin, banjo and vocals) has to be heard to be believed. Add in the musical talents of cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle player Holly Brandon, and you will see why this is a musical project with prospects.
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, old time and folk.
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 with the full quartet, set for release in 2019.