The magpies

 thursday 15th october, 7.15pm



£18 (+ booking fee)

Appearing with Martin Harley & Band

The Magpies formed in their hometown of York in the autumn of 2017. Initially a duo project between Bella Gaffney (Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner) and acclaimed mandolin player Polly Bolton, 2018 saw the lineup expand to a quartet, with the original pair joining forces with renowned cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle ace Holly Brandon. After a busy 18 months, the quartet is already establishing a fearsome reputation for their glittering live shows, onstage rapport and genre-busting original and traditional material.

Based on a deeply felt musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and instrumental compositions. They each draw on their transatlantic influences to create a unique blend of Celtic and bluegrass folk, transporting audiences to distant lands and capturing imaginations with their enthralling live show.

"... A natural chemistry... all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully... the mix of styles offers so much promise."
Folk Radio UK


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