2016 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces.
2020 will see the release of Bella's new album which is inspired by connections made over the lockdown period. In 2018 she was one of the first recipients of a Friends of Towersey Festival Award for music developmental support and opportunities. She has played many folk and music festivals over the last few years, including Celtic Connections, HebCelt, and the Gate to Southwell, to name just a few. 2017 saw the release of her solo album 'Heaven Knows' with Folkstock, to great reviews.
Bella also performs with sought-after celtic/bluegrass band The Magpies with Polly Bolton, Sarah Smout & Holly Brandon. 2020 got off to a flying start for the Magpies with a UK-wide album pre-release tour in March. This was sadly curtailed following the Covid 19 lockdown. Their debut album 'Tidings' was released on June 5th to glowing reviews in the Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express and more. They have recently been played on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 folk show! 2019 saw them go to Folk Alliance International in Montreal, on tour in Ireland and to Costa del Folk in Portugal. They have played many esteemed festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and Glastonbury!