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The Magpies

Three accomplished musicians in their own right (and with a successful annual festival to their name), The Magpies is a combination far greater than the sum of its parts. Guitarist Bella Gaffney, banjo player Kate Griffin and fiddle-player Holly Brandon draw on their wide-ranging influences to create a unique blend of transatlantic folk. They have made a huge impact with their fresh brand of transatlantic neo-folk and have been ‘making waves wherever they play’(Phil Beer, Show of Hands).

In their live performances The Magpies have been exceptionally well-received, with festival
performances including Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Shambala Festival, Towersey Festival and Deer Shed Festival and international shows in Canada, Ireland and Portugal.

The Magpies’ debut album – Tidings – was released in June 2020 to critical acclaim: ‘effervescent’ (The Sunday Times), ‘folk with finesse’ (The Daily Mail), ‘check that album out’ (BBC Radio 2). A rich and varied showcase of the live show, the album draws on a range of influences and delivers a sound that can only be described as contemporary, bringing a fresh and feminist voice to the current milieu.

The trio will be touring March and May and will have a summer of festival appearancecs such as Wilderness, Beyond The Trees and many more, ahead of their album release in Autumn 2022.


“One of those effervescent albums you’d be happy to recommend to people who might not consider themselves folk fans.” – The Sunday Times

“Check that album out! Really good mix of songs and instrumentals – they’re great players.”” – Mark Radcliffe – R2 Folk Show

“’Literate storytellers with a knack for high drama and engaging hoedowns.” – Uncut Magazine

“For their debut, The Magpies have produced an album that intrigues and delights, packed with variety and first-class musicianship.” – Folk Radio UK

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