Folk star Bella’s happy returns to the Peak

Bella Hardy. Photo by Louis Decarlo.
Bella Hardy. Photo by Louis Decarlo.
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Acclaimed Peak District folk songstress Bella Hardy’s birthday bandwagon rolls into Buxton next month.

The newly-crowned BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, who originally hails from Edale, will celebrate her 30th birthday on May 24.

To mark the occasion, Hardy has taken the party on the road with her band The Midnight Watch, embarking on an epic adventure to visit 30 venues and celebrate her six solo albums to date.

And her celebratory ‘Thirty for 30’ UK tour arrives at The Green Man Gallery, on High Street, on Saturday May 17, at 7.30pm, for a solo performance.

One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, Hardy’s captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity.

With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks.

Four-time nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and also winner of Best Original Song in 2012 for The Herring Girl, her own songs range in subject matter from fairytales to working class history, via childhood nostalgia, myth, murder and the human condition, touching on both the fantastical, storytelling elements of Kate Bush, and the lovelorn song-writing craft of Carole King.

Tickets to see Hardy live at The Green Man Gallery, priced £10, are available on 01298 77401 or by visiting www.thegreenmangallery.com.