Bella Hardy

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2016

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Singer / Songwriter

Location: Scotland


2015 saw the release of Bella Hardy's seventh solo album, With The Dawn, to great critical acclaim, with The Times calling it "...nothing short of a masterpiece". A summer of opening appearances across the UK and Ireland for Grammy Award winning Mary Chapin Carpenter was followed by an official showcase in the Budapest National Concert Hall at WOMEX15. She closed the year as the British Council's Musician in Residence in Yunnan, China. 

Singer, songwriter and fiddle player, Bella was named Folk Singer of the Year at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having previously won Best Original Song in 2012. Aged 13, she began performing at UK festivals, and in 2004 reached the finals of the BBC Young Folk Award. Bella released her debut album Night Visiting in 2007, and has since been nominated for five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and America's Folk Alliance Best International Album Award.