In 2000 she released her first solo album, 'Audierne', on which she was accompanied by guitarist Ed Pritchard.
While studying music at the University of York between 1999 and 2001 she became part of the trio Ola with Sarah Wright (bodhran, flute, vocals) and Michael Jary (concertina). The trio went on to become finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2000, and released two albums, 'The Animals are in the West' and 'Be Prepared For Weather'.
Helen Bell with Ed Pritchard
- 'Audierne' (2000) (Little Acorn LACRCD1)
- 'The Animals are in the West' (2001) (Green Fingers Music GFMCD25)
- 'Be Prepared for Weather' (2003)
- 'Common Knowledge' (2006) (Pillowfish PFCD. 0601)