Folkstock Records are delighted that Folk Radio UK have exclusively previewed two tracks from this new album from Yorkshire singer songwriter Bella Gaffney, Celtic Connections Danny Kyle winner in 2016. This is her first since 2013, then aged 19, and marks a significant development in terms of production and song style.
‘Great singer, great guitarist, really interesting songwriter’ Mike Harding, podcast #69
“Bella Gaffney came to us highly recommended by others – now she comes highly recommended by us as well.” SaltaireLive
“Stunning performances…steeped in tradition and oozing talent, her folk songwriting and performances will take her far.” NottsAboutMusic
“Her treatment of the more well-known songs in her extensive repertoire is refreshingly different, and some of her own songs have a direct relevance to places and events of contemporary interest.” Topic Folk Club
Splitting her time between Bradford and York, Bella has played at a great many folk and music festivals over the last few years, including Celtic Connections, Beverley, HebCelt, ButeFest, Dent, Holmfirth, Otley, Southwell, BAAFest, & Filey to name just a few. She regularly supports international acts at Bradford’s prestigious folk venue SaltaireLive, and has done the same at a variety of venues around the country. We hope this new album, produced by Lauren Deakin Davies, bring Bella’s music to new ears and is welcomed by those who already appreciate her varied material which confidently blurs the folk, singer songwriter and roots boundaries.
Album title track Heaven Knows and The Devil in Me are being released as an AA single on 8th July, ahead of the album on 21st July 2017
‘’My new album ‘Heaven Knows’ is a collection of mostly original songs written in the folk and acoustic style. Compared to my last album it has bigger arrangements, with guests from some great musicians I have met through gigging – including the wonderful Nick Hall and Chris Elliott. I was very excited to be approached by Folkstock, a great independent label that supports developing acoustic artists. I’m particularly excited to be working with producer Lauren Deakin-Davies, I loved her work with Kelly Oliver and Kate Dimbleby.
‘Heaven Knows’ is a love song in which I’ve used some fun tapping techniques, to add a percussive element to the song. ‘The Devil in Me’ is a song highlighting my various flaws…! Listen out for a detailed list (but please don’t hold them against me!).’