If you’ve not heard of Bill, it’s because she’s been away for a while. Perhaps you missed her the first time around, when she was coming up with similar bright young British folk hopes at the turn of the century (including Karine Polwart, Kathryn Roberts and Kate Rusby).
Bill’s actually Belinda, based in Sunderland, with family roots in England and India. She played in her dad’s ceilidh band and spent three years playing accordion, flute, tin whistle and keyboards for The Wise Wound. Her debut album won BBC Radio 2’s Horizon Award. Her recent album, ‘Wonderful Fairytale’, breaks a fifteen-year studio silence.
“…She’s lost nothing in the intervening time: musically, still as sleek as a seal and cool as an early autumn evening. If anything’s changed, it’s the emotional freighting: the passing years seem to have laid an extra presence on her, with the sense of unspoken things lurking closer behind the song.” Misfit City music blog
“This is an assured, perfectly sequenced, beautifully arranged and performed set of songs that speak to the listener. The playing and the singing have a gravitas and consummate power, this is a performer who has come back as a major talent. If I did stars this would be getting all of them.” FATEA’ magazine