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York-based singer and mandolinist, Polly Bolton and Bradford singer-songwriter, Bella Gaffney first jammed backstage after a show in York in the autumn of 2017 and the Magpies were hatched! A great musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental collaboration. They each draw on their transatlantic influences to create their own blend of Celtic, bluegrass, old time and folk. In 2018, the line-up expanded to a quartet, when they were joined by acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout (Michael Chapman, Mediaeval Baebes, Bridget St John, Jess Morgan) and Holly Brandon on fiddle.
See 5 tour dates featuring The Magpies
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