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Gifts

from With The Dawn by Bella Hardy

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    "Nothing short of a masterpiece" - The Sunday Times

    Bella Hardy's seventh solo album With The Dawn – her first since being named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year in 2014– isn't just the latest collection of songs from this prolific and ingenious artist. The album is an account of one year of her life. Where previously Bella has adapted and explored traditional ballads and fables to tell her contemporary folk tales, the stories that inspired these songs are her own experiences: good and bad, happy or sad.

    With The Dawn is a more intimate and reflective album than before. Working with producer Ben Seal, the arrangements are more instinctive, more reactive, as befits the mind-set that informed the lyrics. Vivid brass gives way to lonesome piano; choral voices peal; banjos emerge out of beats and blips. Elements of the initial demos, sometimes recorded into a phone as the thoughts occurred, have been kept giving With The Dawn its striking immediacy.

    These are songs written on the road, full of that sense of displacement, longing and contemplation that all itinerant musicians know. On With The Dawn, Bella Hardy's soaring kite-like voice is married to lyrics that poetically question everything she's seen and done up till now; letting go of expectations, both other people's and her own. But with closing lullaby And We Begin there's a light at the end... or rather the beginning. Only one song didn't spring directly from Bella's year of touring and tumult. Jolly Good Luck To The Girl That Loves A Soldier was commissioned by Songs For The Voiceless, a project which gathered the country's best folk artists to sing some of the lesser known stories of World War I.

    The resulting album was one of many bold paths Bella Hardy's career has taken in recent years. From collaborating with Martin Simpson, John Smith and others on the hugely acclaimed Elizabethan Sessions, to a joint tour with Edinburgh miserablist Blue Rose Code, and an international songwriter exchange with Canada's Cara Luft who also guests on this album.

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    "Nothing short of a masterpiece" - The Sunday Times

    Bella Hardy's seventh solo album With The Dawn – her first since being named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year in 2014– isn't just the latest collection of songs from this prolific and ingenious artist. The album is an account of one year of her life. Where previously Bella has adapted and explored traditional ballads and fables to tell her contemporary folk tales, the stories that inspired these songs are her own experiences: good and bad, happy or sad.

    With The Dawn is a more intimate and reflective album than before. Working with producer Ben Seal, the arrangements are more instinctive, more reactive, as befits the mind-set that informed the lyrics. Vivid brass gives way to lonesome piano; choral voices peal; banjos emerge out of beats and blips. Elements of the initial demos, sometimes recorded into a phone as the thoughts occurred, have been kept giving With The Dawn its striking immediacy.

    These are songs written on the road, full of that sense of displacement, longing and contemplation that all itinerant musicians know. On With The Dawn, Bella Hardy's soaring kite-like voice is married to lyrics that poetically question everything she's seen and done up till now; letting go of expectations, both other people's and her own. But with closing lullaby And We Begin there's a light at the end... or rather the beginning. Only one song didn't spring directly from Bella's year of touring and tumult. Jolly Good Luck To The Girl That Loves A Soldier was commissioned by Songs For The Voiceless, a project which gathered the country's best folk artists to sing some of the lesser known stories of World War I.

    The resulting album was one of many bold paths Bella Hardy's career has taken in recent years. From collaborating with Martin Simpson, John Smith and others on the hugely acclaimed Elizabethan Sessions, to a joint tour with Edinburgh miserablist Blue Rose Code, and an international songwriter exchange with Canada's Cara Luft who also guests on this album.

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lyrics

Gifts

(Bella Hardy)


I gifted you the sparrow's wings

And tail-feathers from that tiny body

Still warm with newly misplaced life

Limb from limb I cut with the kitchen knife



I gifted you the sparrow's wings

And tail-feathers from that tiny body

Still warm with newly misplaced life

Limb from limb I cut with the kitchen knife



Trying to fit into you, trying to fit in

Trying to fit into you, trying to fit in
Trying to fit into you, trying to fit in

Trying to fit into you, the offering at your bed-foot



I woke that night from dreams of wingless pecking at my window

I'm here and I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly

I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly

I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly

I can't fly, it's me, I've come home, let me in



Trying to fit in
Trying to fit into you, trying to fit in

Trying to fit into you, trying to fit in

You were painting layers of space and I gifted you nothing but trouble



I gifted you the sparrow's wings

I gave you the songbird that no longer sings

And we took each meaning from this life

Limb from limb we tore through the fading light



I was trying to fit into you, you were trying to fit in

I was trying to fit into you, you were trying to fit in

I was trying to fit into you, you were trying to fit in

I was trying to fit into you, you were trying to fit in, and now

I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly, I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly

I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly, I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly

I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly, I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly

I can't fly I can't fly I can't fly
I can't fly, it's me, I've come home, let me in

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from With The Dawn, released April 1, 2016

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Bella Hardy UK

“Brit folk's finest” Mojo Magazine • “Enduringly seductive” The Telegraph • “A fine, no-nonsense interpreter of traditional music and an excellent songwriter” The Guardian • “An aura of sophisti-cation that will win over listeners who never set foot in a folk club” The Sunday Times • “…a shining star in the folk scene’s firmament” fRoots Magazine • “A triumph of folk art-pop” Songlines Magazine ... more

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