A MUSICIAN based in York, who writes folk inspired songs, is preparing to embark on a brand new tour of venues in Yorkshire.

Bella Gaffney, who hails from Bradford but now lives in York, has had a busy year during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bella said: "Covid has changed the way we operate as musicians. Making music and interacting with fellow musicians has increasingly happened online.

"New relationships have been fostered by exciting new initiatives such as Global Music Match."

Bella added that she has made the most of these new music platforms, making connections with both national and international musicians to create a brand new album.

The album highlights artists from across the world – from Canada to Australia to Yorkshire, featuring such influences from artists such as Sam Kelly from the UK and Hussy Hicks from Australia.

This project is being funded by Arts Council England and also York-based charity Doing it for Liam.

The single off the new album, 'Black Water', featuring Yorkshire based fiddle player Emily Lawler, is a song celebrating the "beautiful" River Wharfe, which Bella says she took comfort over lockdown knowing that it connected her to family and friends who live miles away.

In 2018, Bella was one of the first recipients of a Friends of Towersey Festival Award for music developmental support and opportunities.

She has played many folk and music festivals over the last few years, including Celtic Connections, HebCelt and the Gate to Southwell.

Bella also performs with sought-after Celtic/bluegrass band The Magpies with Holly Brandon and Kate Griffin. The trio released their debut album together in June 2020 - and they have played many festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and Glastonbury. They are also hosting their own festival next year at Sutton Hall in the city.

Bella's upcoming tour will see her perform at York St John University theatre with Katie Spencer on November 6.

Tickets are priced at £10 and can be purchased online at: www.ticketweb.uk