Join 2014 Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy at St Anne’s Arts and Community Centre as part of the new duo Hardy & Wilson.

NEWLY crowned BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Bella Hardy will be appearing live at St Anne’s in Barnstaple on Tuesday (March 4) as part of exciting new duo Hardy and Wilson.

The mesmerising performer was named Folk Singer of the Year Award last Wednesday at the star-studded awards in the Royal Albert Hall, but was straight back on the road the next day heading for Kansa City.

Now back in the UK, she is appearing in North Devon at St Anne’s Arts and Community Centre as part of a newly formed pairing with Blue Rose Code’s Ross Wilson, presented in conjunction with The Plough.

Hailing from either side of the tweed, both have travelled musical roads from very different origins – originally from the Lake District, Hardy also scooped the Folk Award for best song in 2012.

She presents folk songs in the best tradition, not as antiquated museum pieces, but as living, breathing, relevant and very human artworks. Her fine fiddling and mesmerising voice have propelled her to the vanguard of British folk music.

Growing up in Edinburgh’s east side, Wilson’s musical education was entirely Smash Hits, Motown and Nashville.

His music with Blue Rose Code has been described as ‘Caledonian soul’, but both he and Hardy are united in a love of both original songwriting and the rich, broad seam of British traditional music.

A rare chance to see two national folk stars on your doorstep – the gig starts at 8pm and tickets are available from 01805 624624 or visit www.theploughartscentre.org.uk