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Sleeping Beauty

from battleplan by Bella Hardy

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    Winner: Best Singer BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Bella Hardy's new studio album battleplan, the brooding follow-up to the award winning Songs Lost & Stolen. On battleplan, traditional ballads are re-imagined from a female perspective, and personal experiences are reflected against fairy tales and folklore. Allowing the old and the new to mingle more than on previous albums, Bella has chosen to record some of her favourite traditional songs; songs which would be familiar to many had they not undergone a fair amount of repurposing, amalgamating and, in some cases, entire tune transplants – as is essential to the folk process. In Hardy's hands, songs some hundreds of years old could've been written yesterday, while those from her own pen have the echoes of history behind them. Of her own songs, Bella says: "I've always snuck bits of my own life into songs - that's just the way I write. But in the past I've altered it enough so it's no longer about me. I don't feel the need to turn songwriting into my therapy, although I enjoy it in others. But on this album I've been more honest, which I don't regret." Produced by Mattie Foulds (responsible for recordings by Karine Polwart, Alasdair Roberts, Lau and many more), Bella is backed on battleplan by her band The Midnight Watch, featuring the top drawer talents of Mattie himself on drums, Anna Massie on guitar & banjo, Angus Lyon on keys & accordion, and James Lindsay on bass.

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A song for Beauty. And a song for me. With help from Lady MacBeth.

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Ghosts by my bed I see when I'm waking
And I sigh to my sister, I'd rather be sleeping
Last night I dived in the deep blue sea with a man that loved me

Why couldn't I stay Sleeping Beauty?
In the broad light of day how the ugly shows in me
With my soft eyes closed I was his perfection

But here I stand before you now with my eyes wide open

The day has turned sour and it's only 10.30
I'm flighty and I'm lusty, and as she said, hell's murky
We go out and we live and we roam, and then we bring the worst of ourselves home again

Wars, they are lost before they're begun
For battles, they never go to plan
I'm a disappointment from the moment I rise to the moment I close my eyes

But here I stand before you now with my eyes wide open

Beware those who want their women to be roses without thorns
For life's as much in kisses as it is in blood and grit
Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it

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from battleplan, released April 22, 2013
Written by Bella Hardy

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“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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