Magpies members Bella Gaffney and Holly Brandon are playing a short tour together in late April, Bella solo and Holly in her side project Painted Sky with her brother George. Last year, we premiered their brand new single “The Unquiet Grave”, on which the duo subvert the story. As George told us: “In our version the protagonist fails to mourn for his dead lover and so is haunted and doomed to his grave as a result – ‘As I kissed her cold grey lips, she pulled me underground / And now I lay all in her grave, ‘til the end of time I’m bound.’“
Here they are performing The Red Bee Set (The Red Bee by Joe Liddy and Salt Spring by John Reischman) live on the moors.
2022 will see the release of Bella Gaffney’s new album, inspired by connections made over the lockdown period.
It has been a busy year for Bella. Covid-19 has changed the way we operate as musicians and making music has increasingly happened online. New relationships have been fostered by exciting new initiatives such as Global Music Match and Bella has made the most of these new national and international connections with other musicians by creating an album exploring and celebrating these ties. The album highlights artists from across the world – from Canada to Australia to Yorkshire; featuring such luminaries as Sam Kelly (UK) and Hussy Hicks (Australia).
Bella’s latest single ‘Fair and Tender Ladies’, released 1st April 2022, is a traditional American song, sung as a duet between Bella and Sam Kelly. The song is led by beautiful clawhammer banjo and Bella and Sam’s vocals mix to create an evocative and moving version of this ballad.
April 2022 will see award-winning singer-songwriter Bella Gaffney and acclaimed folk duo Painted Sky take to the road for a double headline UK tour, see dates below:
Bella Gaffney/Painted Sky April 2022 Tour
22nd April | The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle
23rd April | Alstonefield Village Hall, Beresford lane, Alstonefield, Staffs
24th April | Temperance, 33 Bath Street, Leamington Spa
25th April | The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill, Stroud
27th April | Aces and Eights, 156 Fortress Road, Tufnell Park, London
29th April | Blue Sky Cafe, Ambassador Hall, Rear of 236 High Street, Bangor
Tickets are available via www.bellagaffneymusic.com and www.paintedskyfolk.weebly.com.