The Dark Peak and the White – new album inspired by Peak District
|BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Bella Hardy, of Edale, has just released her new album, The Dark Peak and the White, inspired by the Peak District landscape and folklore.
Assisted by the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund and Live & Work Rural programme, The Dark Peak and the White is Bella’s first collection of music to reflect her Peak District home, its landscape and cultural heritage.
Bella based the album partly on works from The Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire published in 1867, adding her own original songs based on local folklore and legends.
Tracks include: Bradwell’s Lost Daughter, The Drunken Butcher of Tideswell, Castleton Gypsies, Fin Cop, Peak Rhapsody, Ilam Lullaby and Lament for Derwent Village.
Bella is vastly respected in the folk music world, having previously performed the Royal Albert Hall and on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.
She launched the new album to a packed audience at the first ever Edale Folk Festival (May 18-20), where she thanked the Peak District National Park Authority, “without whom the album wouldn’t have been possible.”
The album has an accompanying website with an illustrated map where you can listen to each track; visit www.darkpeakandwhite.com
Another Edale resident, Mark Wallington, gave readings from his new book The Uke of Wallingtonat the festival. This charts Mark’s round-Britain journey playing the ukulele, and was serialised as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week (May 14-18).
Pic caption: Bella Hardy launches The Dark Peak and the White at Edale Folk Festival.
Media inquiries to: Barbara Crossley, communications officer, Peak District National Park Authority, 01629 816389 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details about the Sustainable Development Fund, go towww.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf