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“This excellent, long awaited album release from Hayley Gaftarnick bears the hallmarks of the confidence and effortless technical ability that characterise her live performances and has the lush feel of a homegrown modern soul classic. Aided and abetted by fantastic backing players and the contributions from some of the finest local talent, Circles is an intoxicating listen, steeped in a mellifluous soulful vibe which envelops the listener... ..I’ve long held Hayley Gaftarnick in particularly high esteem as a live performer. She’s got choice guitar chops, she’s got a voice that makes you sit up and listen, but, most importantly, she’s got the songs. It’s pleasing that this superb recording manages to capture all the excitement and visceral thrills of her live sets while rendering definitive versions of the tunes which feel timeless...”

“And then, arguably, the main event of the evening. Hayley Gaftarnick introduced herself and was joined on stage by six members of her live band to play some incredibly punchy songs, led, of course, by Hayley’s incredibly powerful, soulful voice, with strong backing vocals, a tight rhythm and some understated accompaniment from the two guitarists. For her last song, Hayley shooed off the rest of the band and performed solo, belting out her forthcoming single's bside "for the last time" in that characteristic style of hers and captivating the audience.”

“And then there was Hayley Gaftarnick, her guitar and her vocal trio showcasing material from her forthcoming debut album. Nothing in her physical demeanour quite prepares you for the richness, resonance and aching vulnerability of her voice, imbued as it is in a deep southern blues and soul not immediately associated with the north of England. It smoulders and burns as it speaks of a road well-travelled and the experiences therein. You feel honoured to have spent some time in its company.”

“Word had obviously spread as the night was a sell-out, and, with the calibre of musicians and intimacy of the venue, it was hardly surprising. First up was Leeds songstress Hayley Gaftarnick, whose powerful, emotive voice and heartbreakingly-beautiful songs captivated the audience to the point that they could feel every word and who displayed a vulnerability that endeared her to the listener from the first lines of her opening song, Tired Eyes. ”

“Having got to grips with the orientation of the site, the first act to catch our eye was Hayley Gaftarnick on the ELFM Caravan stage. The ELFM stage itself was somewhat of a throwback to Beacons’ direct predecessor, the Moor Music Festival, what with its focus on local musicians. Gaftarnick’s soulful voice, exceptional songwriting and multiple backing-musicians (including the only double bass we encountered all weekend) put on an excellent show. ”

“Beacons Festival Review- Day One. (Friday) Time for a change of rhythm and a move to the ELFM Caravan of Love tent to see another incredible performance by Hayley Gaftarnick and her extended band. This seven piece ensemble of electric and acoustic instruments including Hayley herself on guitar was outstanding. The whole audience was thrilled with the set; they looked as if they were enjoying it. With the mix of rock, pop, country and soul the sound was everything you’d want. The band reminded me of the Mamas and Papas crossed with Lana Del Rey and Amy Winehouse-esque vocals. ”

“Hayley has been a stalwart of the Leeds Music Scene for years from promoting well respected nights that offer other artists the opertunity to be heard to being a hugely talented performer in her own right with a powerful soulful voice that has made her such a unique talent.”

“Fragile, smokey, and seductive – just a few of the qualities that Hayley possesses. Watching her playing last night at Stripped really blew me away. She played a fourty minute set of her own material each one attention grabbing. Singing with Shane Durrant, they wound harmonies together painting accapella stories that would make your chest swell – “I Don’t Mind” was a particular highlight.”