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Through Lonesome Woods

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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This was one of the first songs I learnt to fiddle-sing. I performed it in the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2004.

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Through lonesome woods I took my way
So dark so dark as dark can be
The leaves were shivering on every tree
Which don't you think was grief to me
Don't you think was grief to me

As I was going through Dibden town
I saw my true love sitting down
Saw another girl sitting on my man's knee
Which don't you think was grief to me
Don't you think was grief to me

I called my true love by his name
And up he rose and to me came
I gave him kisses by one two three
But none so sweet as he gave me
None so sweet as he gave to me

Now winter's gone, the summer's come
The small birds from their nest is flown
He's told me plainly unto my face
“You're not the young girl I love best
Not the young girl I love the best”

Through lonesome woods then I'll make my way
So dark so dark as dark can be
I'll never love if not loved by thee
Which don't you think is grief to me
Don't you think it's grief to me

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from battleplan, released April 22, 2013
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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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