Zoë Bestel is an award winning nu-folk singer songwriter and musician. Born in Liverpool and raised among the Galloway hills in South West Scotland; she picked up the ukulele in January 2011 at the age of just 13 and has gone on to win admiration from the press, pick up rave reviews and airplay both nationally and internationally.
Zoë has performed as special guest to some award winning and internationally renowned names in the folk world including: Paul Brady, Emily Smith, Steve Tilsten, Steve Hicks, The Paul McKenna Band, Chris Wood, The PeatBog Faeries, Bella Hardy and Shelagh MacDonald.
Her many live performances have included: BBC Radio Scotland, Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Wickerman Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Her début single ’35 Missed Calls’ went to No.3 in the Folk Chart (Amazon download) and was voted No 27 in Dandelion Radio’s Festive Fifty. Her debut album ‘Sir Lucas and The Moon’ was awarded Album of the Week by the Daily Record.
“My up and coming find of the festival was Zoë Bestel. She certainly has that modern female singer-songwriter feel about her that seems to be everywhere at the moment, but she manages to make it her own, take the genre in her own direction and stick her neck out above the crowded stream. I think what impressed me more than anything was her confidence. So young yet so commanding, I’ll wager anyone this young lady will go very very far.” Live Musician Magazine at Wickerman Festival