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Diary: Bella and Cara

Bella Hardy & Cara Luft's UK Tour

Bella Hardy and Cara Luft embarked on their UK tour in October 2014, following Bella's Canadian exchange trip a year earlier. You can find updates about their time on the road below.

Update 1 | 2 | 3

Update 3

Here are some photos from the sold out gig at New Mills last night.

Bella Hardy & Cara Luft
Bella Hardy & Cara Luft
Bella Hardy & Cara Luft
  • Bella Hardy & Cara Luft
  • Bella Hardy & Cara Luft
  • Bella Hardy & Cara Luft


    Update 2

    Dear diary

    That's us on the road out of Essex and heading north for Derbyshire. We're sorry to be leaving our Castle Hedingham hidey-hole, from which Cara has been experiencing the best of British weather (mainly storms and scattered showers), but Bella is excited to be heading to home turf. Whilst in Canada last year, Cara took Bella to see Buffalo. Bella shall be returning the favour with an abundance of sheep.

    Update 2

    The first two gigs in London and Kelvedon have gone really well. We're performing two songs we've written together, and some new songs which we've learnt including Dirk Powell's Waterbound. We were writing our set list on Thursday, and realised we were one song short. So Bella wrote a new one. It's called Foolish Trouble Farewell.

    We're looking forward to our gig in Belper tonight, and then we've Sunday off to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving at Bella's house. We just need to try and catch a turkey between here and Edale.

    Love Cara & Bella x



    Update 1

    Dear Diary,

    Mean old EFDSS has locked us away for 4 days, hoping we don't kill each other with carrot sticks and oat cakes. Bella is holding a sharp knife. We arrived yesterday afternoon in our subtly coloured rental (thank you Avis) and drove the Essex lanes until we found our lovely cottage in the middle of nowhere. A place where we can make as much squealy banjo and fiddle music as we want without disturbing anything other than the apple tress and sheep. The apple trees are looking fairly cross. We are very near Castle Hedingham, in fact we can see if from our front window, a reminder of where we shall be locked if we fail to produce new music in our allotted time.

    Update 1

    Here was last night's activities: Cara is knitting and Bella is drinking. Oh, and we played some music. Tomorrow we appear on BBC Derby at lunchtime and then we'll be heading home to work on our set for the tour which starts in London on Thursday. Expect songs about apple trees, sheep and sharp knives.

    Update 1

    Love from Bella and Cara x

    Update 1


    To mark the start of the tour, Bella and Cara will be doing the following radio interviews:

    BBC Derby, Wednesday 8 October from 1pm with Andy Potter
    BBC Essex, Friday 10 October from 2pm with Tony Fisher

    You can catch them at venues around the UK on the following dates:

    Thursday 9 October - Cecil Sharp House, London, 7.30pm
    Friday 10 October - The Institute, Kelvedon, 8pm
    Saturday 11 October - Fleets Arts, Belper, 7.30pm
    Tuesday 14 October - Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, 7.30pm - SOLD OUT
    Wednesday 15 October - The Shakespeare, Sheffield, 7.30pm
    Thursday 16 October - Black Swan Folk Club, York, 8pm
    Friday 17 October - The Victoria, Saltburn, 7.30pm
    Saturday 18 October - Homegrown, The Met, Bury, 8pm - SOLD OUT


    Find out more about the event at Cecil Sharp House
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