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.