Album: Bella Hardy, Songs Lost & Stolen (Navigator)

Nick Coleman
Sunday 17 April 2011 00:00

Hardy wrote "Three Black Feathers" (covered by Jim Moray), so we know she can pastiche the English folk idiom to the point where pastiche is transcended.

Here are a dozen more such, all beautifully crafted and conceived with poetic flair, arranged nicely for restrainedly plucked instruments, sung in a thin soprano which strains into a yelp. Herring girls, broken mirrors and innocence undone. The full panoply. She is that folk fundamental: a marvellous resource. I'd cover her stuff.

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