Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney & acclaimed mandolin player Polly Bolton first jammed backstage after a show in York in the autumn of 2017. The new project, Bella, Polly & the Magpies, came together last year – fusing Celtic folk with bluegrass and was joined by Sarah Smout (cello) and Holly Brandon (fiddle) in 2019. This all-female four-piece is already establishing a fearsome reputation for their glittering live shows, onstage rapport, and genre-busting original and traditional material.
Over the past year, they have performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, Wickham Festival, Towersey and Deer Shed Festival, among others. They released their debut EP at a sold-out show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe last July and they are recording an album with the full quartet, set for release in 2019.