The Harrison, Kings Cross
Friday 6th October
Doors 7:30pm, Live Music 8:15pm
Advance tickets £12 £14 on the door
Bella Gaffney is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has established herself as a prominent figure in the folk music scene. Born and raised in Bradford in West Yorkshire, Bella’s love for music began at a young age, when she would visit her local folk club, The Topic.
In 2016, Bella won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, a music festival held annually in Glasgow, Scotland. The award recognizes emerging talent in the Scottish folk music scene and has helped launch the careers of many successful musicians over the years. Bella’s win was a testament to her songwriting skills and her ability to put a fresh spin on traditional folk pieces.
In 2023, Bella is set to release her new album, which was inspired by the connections she made during the lockdown period and features collaborations with some of the most talented musicians in the folk music scene, including Sam Kelly and Leesa Ghentz of Hussy Hicks.
Bella’s music is characterised by her distinctive voice, intricate guitar playing, and her knack for storytelling. She draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, including her own life experiences, the natural world, and the rich history of folk music.
‘Great singer, great guitarist, really interesting songwriter’ Mike Harding
Bella also performs with sought-after celtic/bluegrass band The Magpies with Holly Brandon & Kate Griffin. In 2020 they released their debut album ‘Tidings’ to great reviews:
Dan Webster has been described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’, ‘Achingly lovely, like sun breaking on a rain swept highway…’ RnR and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine. According to Americana UK – ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville – beautiful – he is Anglicana’. Dan is a road-seasoned English singer-songwriter and guitarist, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of Americana, which he uniquely melds with an honest Northern English perspective in his songwriting. His sound is unashamedly influenced by the US – his heart remains a Yorkshireman’s.
Dan like his band is a formidable live performer – inspiring attention; pulling you into his work with finely crafted melodies and lyrics – delivered with a powerful and honest vocal…fantastic solo, duo, or with his band. They’ll have laughing, dancing and crying.
Dan Webster’s subtle exploration of the human heart resonated with me after each spin of his fine new record… which draws assuredly on folk and country roots from across the Atlantic but remains assertively northern English. RnR ****