Jennifer Hardy is a Manchester based musician, songwriter, composer, sound designer and singing teacher originally from Derry in the North West of Ireland. She has spent time living, working and creating music in San Francisco, Sydney, Perth (Aus.) and Edinburgh as well as her home country.
In July 2018 Jennifer began work as a sound designer on After Birth a commission at The Royal Exchange Co LAB festival with visual artist Naomi Kendrick and writer Nicola Schofield. The project was a multimedia installation and performance on maternal mental health issues. After Birth was sold out a week before staging and was well received by critics and audiences. After Birth is planning to tour in Autumn/Winter 2019.
Jennifer introduced us to her alter ego ‘Queen Grace’ at 2017 Head For The Hills Festival, Ramsbottom. ‘Queen Grace’, after the pioneering Irish pirate queen Grace O’ Malley. This new project has been inspired by Hardy’s love of 1970’s Punk, Post Punk and Lo Fi. You can expect covers and influences from the likes of Joy Division and The Velvet Underground.
So far Jennifer’s live performances have spanned over three continents, these include; SXSW followed by a tour of Texas and California. Festival appearances at Wickerman, Loch Lomond and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jennifer was a finalist Red Stripe Music Award finalist, in the same year she also played the prestigious ‘The Vanguard’ venue in Sydney.