Formed in their hometown of York three years ago, The Magpies are a quartet characterised by their powerful vocals and elaborate instrumental arrangements. Comprised of vocalists Bella Gaffney and Polly Bolton, cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle ace Holly Brandon, the group draw on transatlantic influences to deliver their distinctive brand of folk, which blends Celtic and bluegrass styles. They have appeared at many festivals, including Glastonbury, Larmer Tree and Warwick, as well as performing at the Folk Alliance International in Montreal. This will be The Magpies’ second performance in Cambridge, following their appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2018. Catch them at The Portland Arms on 29 March at 7.30pm – tickets available via The Portland Arms’ website.