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The Magpies

The Magpies formed in their hometown of York in the autumn of 2017. Initially a duo project between Bella Gaffney and Polly Bolton, 2018 saw the lineup expand to a quartet, with the original pair joining forces with acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle ace Holly Brandon.

Based on a deeply felt musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental ornamentation. They each draw on their transatlantic influences to create a unique blend of Celtic and bluegrass folk, transporting audiences to distant lands and capturing imaginations with their enthralling live show.

Over the summer they were exceptionally well received, performing at festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival, main stage at Wickham Festival, Towersey Festival, Deer Shed Festival, Grassington and a sold out EP release show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe. The first transatlantic trip for the band took place in February 2019, when they performed at Folk Alliance International in Montréal. This summer they will perform at many festivals including Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Warwick, Costa del Folk, and Shambala, whilst recording their debut full band album for release in the winter.

“A natural chemistry… all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully… the mix of styles offers so much promise.” Folk Radio UK

“Very well liked by the punters! A proper hit.” Bev Burton, Cambridge Folk Festival



Hawthorn Avenue are catching on like Wildfire, and you don’t want to miss out on what the pair have in store next.

Marcus & Laura met two years ago in Swansea, drawn together by their joint love of Country Music and first making music together at Swansea’s answer to Downtown Nashville Honky tonk Bars, The Bucket List. Since then they have won over local music fans with their fiery set, comprised of music that can’t be pinned to one genre but has very clear references to Country Music and Classic Rock. Fleetwood Mac, The Wandering Hearts, and Zac Brown band lie among their influences and their debut EP ‘Wildfire’ wears it’s influences proudly whilst retaining authenticity and freshness.

Although still in their infancy, Hawthorn Avenue have achieved more in 6 months than most bands can say in their lifetime. Nothing but praise and acclaim have come their way since the debut of their EP at a sold out hometown show, with a selection of tracks from the EP already doing the rounds on radio stations across the country.

With huge plans for 2020 and beyond, there is no doubt that this Wildfire isn’t going out anytime soon

Book a table for pre-concert dining

Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.45pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.  To book a table online, select the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left.  Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.


  • All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if not eating.
  • Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
  • Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
  • If you wish to book a table for 8 or more please email

Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.

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