Bella's Album Catalogue

HEY SAMMY

November 2017

 

 

 

ETERNAL SPRING

June 2017

 

 

With The Dawn

March 2015

 

battleplan

April 2013

 

Bright Morning Star

December 2012

 

The Dark Peak & The White

April 2012

 

Songs Lost & Stolen

March 2011

 

In The Shadow of Mountains

August 2009

 

Night Visiting

September 2007

Humanist hymns, ancient Chinese poems, feminist battle cries and extensive musical expeditions far from home make this Bella’s most wide reaching and richly rewarding album to date… a glorious, accomplished, grown up record.

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永恒的春天.  A Journey Through Yunnan, China.  Poetry, song and source recordings, with fiddle and guzheng, recorded live on May 15th 2017 at YunYing Studio, Kunming.  “…a fusion of cultures, traditions and musical styles… a frankly beautiful recording.” - Folk Radio UK

 

Where previously Bella has adapted and explored traditional ballads and fables to tell her contemporary folk tales, the stories that inspired these songs are her own experiences: good and bad, happy or sad.  “Nothing short of a masterpiece.” - The Sunday Times, “A triumph of folk art-pop” - Songlines Magazine

 

Traditional ballads are re-imagined, and personal experiences are reflected against fairy tales and folklore. Allowing the old and the new to mingle, songs some hundreds of years old could've been written yesterday, while those from her own pen have the echoes of history behind them.  “A winning stratagem from the folk princess.  Is there anything not to like?” - Maverick Magazine

 
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(Christmas Album)  A glittering collection of seasonal treats. From Bella's local Castleton carols 'Sons of Men' and 'Peace O'er The World', to well known classics 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. 

 

A collection of music specifically from Bella’s Peak District home, with adaptations and new tunes to works from 'The Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire' published 1867, and original songs written for the history, folklore and legends of the area.  “Lovingly presented, and her singing is glorious” - MOJO, “A splendid labour of love” - Maverick Magazine

 

Touching on both the fantastical, storytelling elements of Kate Bush and the lovelorn songwriting craft of Carole King, her lyrics range in subject matter from fairytales to English working class history via childhood nostalgia, myths, murder and the human condition. “It is, quite literally, magical... a heady mix of new and old, and not to be missed” - Sunday Mercury

 

Self produced and uncompromising, unique and stirring interpretations of traditional songs are balanced against a mix of compelling originals. The prevailing themes throughout the album focus not only on rural country life, but also on the mountains faced in everyday life, be they people, places, or situations. 

 

Bella’s debut solo album; unique interpretations of traditional classics from "All Things Are Quite Silent" to "Searching For Lambs”, and the self-penned "Three Black Feathers” which was nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Award’s ‘Best Original Song’.  "Bella Hardy is more than a new generation folk revivalist... Her potential is massive" - fROOTS