Bethany M. Roberts

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Bethany M. Roberts is a songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Bristol, UK. Her voice carries elements of folksong honesty and choral clarity as she weaves melodic lines over intricate fingerpicked banjo and guitar. There’s a hypnotic intimacy in her performance that invites audiences to commune with the quieter parts of themselves, drawn in by her ever-shifting harmonic patterns.

She writes, plays & sings with alt-folk trio Hands of the Heron, and performs as half of poetry/soundscape duo House of Figs with acclaimed poet Beth Calverley. During 2022, she began playing double bass in Hedera with fellow instrumentalists from the Bristol folk scene, and also toured in Germany and the UK with Ben Osborn and Malo Moray. Known as Trialogue, all three artists contributed pieces from their individual bodies of work, performing some as tight ensemble arrangements and others as wild semi-improvised explorations of sound.

Other shows in 2022 included performances with Hands of the Heron, House of Figs and new instrumental folk project Hedera at festivals including WOMAD, Green Man, Bristol Harbour Fest, Fanny’s Meadow, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Green Gathering and Fire in the Mountain.

As a producer, she has worked on recent releases by Claire Vine, Bea Piper and Anna Anise (all out on Cuculi Records), with a debut release from longtime creative partner Bec Garthwaite next on her production schedule. She frequently performs live with these artists on violin and backing vocals, and she’s also previously collaborated with notable emerging artists including Ben Osborn, Emily Isherwood, Waldo’s Gift, Amy Yon, Ishmael Ensemble and Tankus the Henge. Recently, her live solo sets have seen her supporting the likes of Solana, The Magic Lantern and Haiku Salut.

She also writes about music in a space called Burnout Musicology.