Gosforth Civic Theatre present




Friday 20 March, 2020. 7.30pm

£10, £8 concession Plus booking fee when buying online

The Magpies formed in their hometown of York in the autumn of 2017. Initially a duo project between Bella Gaffney and Polly Bolton, 2018 saw the lineup expand to a quartet, with the original pair joining forces with acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle ace Holly Brandon.


Based on a deeply felt musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental ornamentation. They each draw on their transatlantic influences to create a unique blend of Celtic and bluegrass folk, transporting audiences to distant lands and capturing imaginations with their enthralling live show.


Over the summer they were exceptionally well received, performing at festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival, main stage at Wickham Festival, Towersey Festival, Deer Shed Festival, Grassington and a sold out EP release show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe. The first transatlantic trip for the band took place in February 2019, when they performed at Folk Alliance International in Montréal. This summer they've performed at festivals all over the country including Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Warwick, Costa del Folk, and Shambala, whilst recording their debut full band album for release this winter.


"A natural chemistry... all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully... the mix of styles offers so much promise."

Folk Radio UK


“Very well liked by the punters! A proper hit.”

Bev Burton, Cambridge Folk Festival 




Newcastle based, Ella is an award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the folk-rich, industrial borough of Teesside. She plays an eclectic mix of folk, traditional, modern and original songs, taking inspiration from greats like Sandy Denny, Maddy Prior and Richard Thompson whilst also gleaning some inspiration from her home in the North East and fellow ‘Teessiders’ Vin Garbutt and The Young’Uns. Ella sang from the point of talking and began to play guitar aged 12 allowing her to accompany herself and write her own songs. Since then, she has dabbled with a few more instruments including Piano and Cello but, finding these a little to carry around, she is mainly seen with her stunning Atkin OM or lovely Tim Phillips fiddle in hand.  A current student on the Traditional and Folk Degree at Newcastle University, Bridge Folk Club regular and clog dancer, Ella’s hopes of becoming steeped in folk culture are well and truly on their way. 



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Regent Farm Road,


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0191 284 3700 


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