Bella Hardy Downend Folk Club

Bella Hardy

Downend Folk Club

Frenchay Village Hall


THE UK’s top folk singer left her audience mesmerised as she delivered an unforgettable concert at Downend Folk Club earlier this month.

Bella Hardy, the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, was the guest for only the club’s second event, following on from their launch in April, and the Derbyshire-born musician certainly didn’t disappoint the sell-out crowd at Frenchay Village Hall on the third date of her “Thirty for 30” tour - thirty concerts to celebrate Bella’s 30th birthday later this month.

Armed with just two fiddles and her voice, the songstress had the 120-plus gig-goers under her spell from the very first note as she delivered a mixture of traditional songs and self-penned numbers - each of which was met with rapturous applause.

Highlights included “The Seventh Girl”, Bella’s own take on the traditional ballad “The Outlandish Knight”, and her own composition “Sleeping Beauty”, whilst in-between songs, Bella’s warm personality and enjoyable stories kept her audience transfixed.

The event was hailed as a huge success by one of the men behind Downend Folk Club. Club chairman Ant Miles said: “It was lovely to have such a high-profile name this early in the life of our club, and great to have a sell-out crowd.

“Bella gave us exactly what we knew we’d get... a polished performance from a talented musician, but it was more than that - she’s a lovely person, too.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, and we’ve had such good feedback. 

“We’ve got more great events lined up for the coming months, so we hope people will continue to support and enjoy the high-quality live music that we’re bringing to the area.”

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