Today we feature yet another beautiful voice from England, Bella Hardy.
Arwen Arabella Hardy, known professionally as Bella Hardy, is a contemporary folk musician, singer and songwriter from Edale in Derbyshire. She performed in various line-ups as a teenager, including The Pack and Ola, and reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2004, but it was the release of her debut solo album Night Visiting in 2007 which garnered her recognition at the forefront of modern folk music. She performs a combination of traditional and self penned material, and has been nominated three times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. [Wikipedia]That puts her career in a nutshell, but you cannot appreciate it until you hear her voice. As clear as a bell, plus she also plays the violin. Which if you've been here before you will realize is one of my favorite instruments.
So keep a lookout for Bella's next album, The Dark Peak & The White, which is Bella’s first collection of music specifically from her Peak District home, with adaptations and new tunes to works from ‘The Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire’ published 1867, and original songs written for the history, folklore and legends of the area.
And in the meantime check out some of her recent, and not so recent apearances.
Promises Recorded at the Songs Lost & Stolen album launch in The Slaughtered Lamb, London, May 2011.
Featuring Anna Massie (guitar)
James Lindsey (bass)
Angus Lyon (keys).
Written by Bella Hardy
Labyrinth performing at Folk By The Oak 24th July 2011 Labyrinth is from the album Songs Lost & Stolen
A truly beautiful rendition of this old song.
Annie Laurie This song is from a BBC Radio 2 programme "Titanic - minute by minute" which was broadcast on 14/15 April 2012, exactly 100 years after the Titanic sinking. The SS Californian was steaming nearby and noticed the iceberg, they tried to warn the Titanic but the communications were somehow misunderstood. It was a quiet night and the sound of a voice singing Annie Laurie could be heard on board the Californian...
Herring Girl performing @ Bristol Folk Festival 2011 Herring Girl is from the album Songs Lost & Stolen