Deep in the mists of Tanygrisiau (Blaenau Ffestiniog), in the shadow of the historical slate quarries, Estella were evolving to become the talented and successful group they are today. They have been performing at some of Wales’ largest music festivals including National Eisteddfod, Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau and Gwyl y Faenol.
Estella formed in the late 90’s during their Coleg Meirion Dwyfor years when Lauren (lead singer) composed a song as part of her course work – Kaz (her brother and guitar) and Phil (friend and drummer) helped her perform a short set. The response made them think seriously about forming a band, and this was when Robbie was recruited as bass player, Asa (Kaz and Lauren’s brother) as another guitarist also Hann ap Ionas and Siaron James as percussion duo and sound engineers.
When the group fist came up with the name Estella, they had no idea that the Basque town of Lizarra had the Spanish name Estella. Hann and Siaron discovered this while touring with Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion and made a promise that Estella would make every effort to go there and tour- and so they did and have made many close friends and contacts from the experience. They have recently toured North and Mid Wales with Saioa and Ana (duo from Basque country) and also Dom Duff from Brittany.