Jennifer Hardy is a Manchester based musician, songwriter, composer, singing and music teacher originally from Derry in the North West of Ireland. A natural traveller, she has spent time living, working and creating music in San Francisco, Sydney, Perth (Aus.) and Edinburgh as well as her home country.
Jennifer is currently working on Magical Melodies a creative music class teaching the fundamentals of music to children from four years old. She hopes to make the Ramsbottom based class available in primary schools throughout Greater Manchester and Lancashire in 2019.
In July 2018 Jennifer launched After Birth with artist Naomi Kendrick and writer Nicola Schofield. The multi-media installation and monologue performances were shown at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 2018 Co:Lab festival. It was the first sold out show of the festival and well received by critics and audiences. They will be touring the installation and performances in Sure Start Centres, pop up spaces and theatres in 2019.
Jennifer introduced us to her alter ego ‘Queen Grace’ at 2017 Head For The Hills Festival, Ramsbottom. ‘Queen Grace’, after the Irish pirate queen Grace O’ Malley. This new project has been inspired by Hardy’s love of 1970’s Punk, Glam Rock and Post Punk. It will feature stripped down electric guitar and raw powerful vocals. You can expect covers from the likes of Joy Division, The Ramones 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 supporting Tin Pan Orange.