Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. 2022 will see the release of Bella’s new album, inspired by connections made over the lockdown period.
She has played many folk and music festivals over the last few years, including Celtic Connections, HebCelt, and the Gate to Southwell, to name just a few. And in 2018 she was one of the first recipients of a Friends of Towersey Festival Award for music developmental support and opportunities.
It has been a busy year for Bella Gaffney. Covid-19 has changed the way we operate as musicians and making music has increasingly happened online. New relationships have been fostered by exciting new initiatives such as Global Music Match and Bella has made the most of these new national and international connections with other musicians by creating an album (release 2022) exploring and celebrating these ties. The album highlights artists from across the world – from Canada to Australia to Yorkshire; featuring such luminaries as Sam Kelly (UK) and Hussy Hicks (Australia).
Bella also performs with sought-after transatlantic folk band The Magpies.
Bella’s latest single ‘Fair And Tender Ladies’, released 1st April 2022, is a traditional American song, sung in duet between Bella and Sam Kelly (of Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys). The song is led by beautiful clawhammer banjo and Bella and Sam’s vocals mix to create an evocative and moving version of this ballad.
Artist’s website: http://www.bellagaffneymusic.com/
April 2022 will see award-winning singer-songwriter Bella Gaffney and acclaimed folk duo Painted Sky take to the road for a double headline UK tour.
22nd April | The Globe, Newcastle
23rd April | Alstonefield Village Hall, Peak District
24th April | Temperance, Leamington Spa
25th April | The Prince Albert, Stroud
27th April | Aces and Eights, London
‘Fair And Tender Ladies’: