Bella brings Christmas sparkle from Peak

bella hardy
bella hardy

Folk musician, singer and writer Bella Hardy doesn’t have far to travel for the last date in her UK tour.

It’s a question of popping from her home in Edale to The Greystones where she will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie and concertina player Chris Sherburn.

Her star continues to shine after reaching the final of the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2004 and the release of her debut solo album, Night Visiting in 2007, which was influenced by her surroundings in the Peak District.

She was nominated four times in the Folk Awards, winning last year’s Best Original Song Award for The Herring Girl.

Bella grew up in Edale, with a family who sang in the local choir, and she developed a love of traditional music through visits to folk festivals, joining a school ceilidh band and attending the Folkworks summer school in Durham.

The Peak District permeates her work.

Last year’s album The Dark Peak and The White, which confirmed her place as one of modern folk’s finest singers, was inspired by and adapted from The Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire, which was published in 1867.

Now, after her latest studio album, Battleplan, which is described as her most musically expansive and lyrically personal album to date, she is reaching the end of her Bright Morning After Tour, which features a sprinkling of Christmas songs.

Bella Hardy will play traditional and original songs at The Greystones in Greystones Road on Sunday night.