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The Magpies

Celtic bluegrass fusion – all the way from Yorkshire.

Polly Bolton & Bella Gaffney first jammed backstage after a show in York in the autumn of 2017 and the current project has grown from there. A great musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental collaboration. They each draw on their transatlantic influences to create their own blend of Celtic, bluegrass, old time and folk.2018 has seen the lineup expand to a quartet. The pair began working with acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout (Michael Chapman, Medieval Baebes, Bridget St John, Jess Morgan) in the spring and recently welcomed fourth band member Holly Brandon on fiddle

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

“Very well liked by the punters! A proper hit.”
Bev Burton, Cambridge Folk Festival