British born multi - award winning singer songwriter with six critically acclaimed albums, including Independent Music Awards Best Alt. Country album. Jan Bell makes her home in Brooklyn since the late 90's and plays both New York and festivals back home from Glastonbury to Grey Fox 'The Real Deal' Songwriter' Masters Stage.
NYC highlights include The Woody Guthrie Archives, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom, River to River Festival and opening for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Ferron, and Steve Earle. Jan is also band leader of The Maybelles.
Awards and Highlights:
Brooklyn Country Music Festival Award for 'Unending Support' of Country Music in NYC.; International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist with the Maybelles; Village Voice Choices TOP 10 Folk Albums, and Editor's Choice 9/11 Memorial Song.
Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th 'Memorial Sing', with Kay Turner.
'Dream of The Miner's Child' dedicated to her grand father, nominated Best Concept Album Independent Music Awards with special guests: Jolie Holland, Samantha Parton, Truckstop Honeymoon, and Alice Gerrard.
Enchantingly fusing Anglo-Americana sounds Jan Bell has a wonderful knack of breathing new life into time worn folk tales and rare used human stories 4 STARS - Maverick Magazine, UK
It could be 1925 and the Appalachians! A cool clear harmony and narrative driven by the simple guitar cycle and the ghostly violin. Taut vocals and beautiful instrumentation. Americana UK.
Making waves in the home of country, from a Yorkshire coal mining background whose roots still show...A latter day Loretta Lynn. The Sunday Times, London UK.
A beautiful blend of old timey folk and alt. country 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK
THUMBS UP! Fetching British American album. fRoots.
A strong argument in favour of keeping the album format alive 4 STARS Rock n Reel, UK
It’s not a stretch to imagine future generations of Americana musicians referencing the Jan Bell versions of many of these songs: this album secures her place among the finest and most individualistic musicians in that world. New York Music Daily.
FOUR Stars and Critic's Choice in:
The Village Voice; Nashville Scene; GO NYC; Americana UK; NOW Toronto, 3rd Coast Music; New Orleans City Life; Musician's Atlas.
Jan Bell is also the founder and artistic director of the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival.