Over the last decade, in her own quiet way, Bella Hardy has become a major figure on the flourishing UK folk scene. Her prolific output has created an impressive body of work, interpreting and reworking traditional songs as well as crafting her own compositions steeped in the folk ballads she loved as a child growing up in England's Peak District. She has collaborated in projects with folk-luminaries such as Martin Simpson, Jim Moray and Eliza Carthy, and her creative trajectory continues upward as the scope of her music widens. On her latest album, With The Dawn, her sixth under her own name, she presents a bravely personal diary of her 30th year; songs written on the road, set in imaginative arrangements that maintain the connection with her traditional roots. British contemporary songwriting at its finest.