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Live at Hi Fi, Indianapolis. Opening for Sierra Ferrell, Fall 2021. (Recorded by Backwoods Films)

 

Story Inn, IN Summer 2020 while NYC Venues were shuttered down and only 'incidental' music allowed...

Fast Forward to Fall 2021 at the Hi Fi INDY (Audio recording by Backwoods Films):

The Maybelles at Brooklyn Americana Music Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Our first show together in 18 months:

'Queens of Country & Folk' Quarantine Weekly 2020. Curated by Beth Chrisman (Austin TX):

Listen on Sound Cloud or Listen on BandCamp

Album Release at Barbes, Brooklyn NYC February, 2019.

(Above) Rockwood Music Hall, NYC with The Maybelles: Rima Fand, and Tina Lama.

From a coal-mining village in Yorkshire England, Jan Bell made her name as a songwriter in NYC. Over the last twenty years recording seven critically acclaimed albums made in New Orleans, Eureka Springs AR and Brooklyn. She is especially known for her band "The Maybelles” who started out in The Ozarks as a duo with Melissa Carper. 

 

Along the way opening for Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Odetta, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Independent Music Award winner for Best Alt. Country album, and Best Concept album ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’ dedicated to Jan Bell’s grandad. 

 

“Maybe growing up in Nottinghamshire is what sets Jan Bell apart from the run of local lady folkies. Or maybe its the slide guitars, harmonicas, mandolins and banjos. Dark, old timey spareness......gorgeous ” - Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice

 

“Bell's music isn't strictly bluegrass, but her reworking of old-time country and jug-band blues is remarkably nuanced. It embodies the wide-open spirit of what has become an antic, hybrid genre.” - Edd Hurt, The Nashville Scene

 

“Jan Bell leads The Maybelles in up tempo, soulful country songs.” - Hank Schteamer, Time Out NY 

 

Festival stages include River to River Festival, Hudson River County Fair, Bronx Botanical Gardens Festivals, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park Festival, Governor's Island Opening Day, Prospect Park Harvest festival, The International Bluegrass Music Awards, Ozark Folk Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and in the UK: Broadstairs Folk Fest, Yorkshire Moors Fest, Devon Folk Festival, and Glastonbury.

 

NYC highlights include The Woody Guthrie Archives, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom, 'The Winding Stream' Documentary opening for Rosanne Cash at Independent Film Center.

 

Beautiful blend of old timey folk and  alt. country - 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK

The Carters, the Cashes & the Course of Country Music

Opening night at IFC Center, NYC. THE WINDING STREAM Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film features interviews with a veritable who’s who of American music.

Jan Bell and The Maybelles call Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC home - where they have helped build the live music scene over two decades. Derelict buildings now Luxury Condo's, and desolate streets now Instagram gold. Here's a performance Galapagos, on Mains Street Dumbo. L - R: Philippa Thompson fiddle, Tim Luntzel bass, Hilary Hawke banjo. Filmed by John Ensor Parker. 

Other NYC Highlights: 

Emcee and co-producer of A Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook Brooklyn. 

Glastonbury Festival! Band Stand Stage.

Make Music New York with Baby Gramps.

Duets with Jolie Holland - City Winery, NYC. World Cafe, Philadelphia.

Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th memorial Sing at Powerhouse, DUMBO.

 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Songwriters In the Round on the Masters Stage with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers.


Brooklyn Country Music Festival, opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot  at The Bell House,

International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist - Roots and Branches Stage

MacDowell Colony100 year celebration in Central Park.

WINNER! Independent Music Awards for Alt. Country Album of the year