Zoë Bestel is an award winning 17 yr old singer songwriter and musician.
Since picking up the ukulele in January 2011 at the age of just 13, she has won admiration from the press and supported internationally acclaimed folk musicians including: Multi award winning Emily Smith, Steve Tilsten, Steve Hicks and Lynn Gouldbourn, The award winning Paul McKenna Band, The PeatBog Faeries and Emmas Imagination.
She’s performed live on BBC Radio Scotland and at festivals around SW Scotland including: Wickerman, Eden (main stage), Knockengorrach and Comlongon (main stage).
Her debut EP ’35 Missed Calls’ went to No.3 in the Folk Chart (Amazon download).
’35 Missed Calls’ was voted No 27 in Dandelion Radio’s Festive Fifty.
R2 Magazine said “Perfectly placed to provide some revealing teenage insights, 14 year old Zoe Bestel writes fantastic songs, plays ukuele and sings like an angel. However you look at it, her debut EP 35 Missed Callls is about as perfect a pop record as is possible, for writing, performance, and production perfectly mesh.”
In January 2013 she won a place on the world famous Danny Kyle stage at Celtic Connections and received a Highly Commended from the judges.
Upcoming highlights for 2013 include supporting: Paul Brady at Stonehaven Music Festival, Chris Wood (winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2011) and the 1960’s folk legend Shelagh MacDonald.
“My up and coming find of the festival was a 14 year old by the name of Zoë Bestel. Zoë was first up in a pretty busy acoustic tent and she completely held the audience with a really great voice, some great songs and some pretty decent ukulele playing to boot. 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 The Wickerman Festival 2012