Welcome

Hello and welcome to our website! Thanks for visiting. We are a duo based in Lincoln, and sing Americana, folk-country songs in close harmony. You can book us for events, pub gigs, weddings and private parties. We are also available for vocal harmony workshops. Just get in contact for further information and prices and read our bio to find out more about where we've performed previously. 

Oct7

Leek Blues and Americana Festival

Event details to follow!

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New CD in the making 

We've just spent a very productive weekend working on our second CD, which are pleased to say will contain our own original material.  For anyone who has ever recorded, this is a thoroughly exhausting process, but we are feeling great about the new material.

Now time for some serious zzzzzzzzz

Hope to see you at The Strugglers next week (8th October) when hopefully I will be more awake!

Stugglers Inn Gig 

Hello everyone!

Thanks for continuing to follow our progress.  We are haivng a lot of fun playing in all sorts of different places, but are delighted to return to The Strugglers' Inn, in Lincoln on Sunday 8th October.  This is a particularly warm-hearted pub and the Sunday music slot seems pretty special - one of those rare places where there is a real established community feel but if you're new through the door it feels welcoming too.

The music starts at 5ish and continues till 7.30/8 ish, with breaks in between. We hope to see you there!

Next weekend we are doing some recording with the hope of putting together a second CD. This will be such fun and I hope not too frustrating - as ever we're going for a live and 'honest' sound rather than multi-tracking the wotsits out of the music... watch this space!

We are always completely bowled over by your lovely comments.  We're delighted that many of you seem to like what we do.  Please come and have a chat when you see us perform - it's great to relax in the middle of a show and get to know you a little more.  See you soon, we hope!

 

 

Busy summer...! 

Hi folks

We'd just like to thank those of you who have given us such positive words of encouragement at our recent gigs. We had an absolute blast at the Adam and Eve this Saturday and Leadenham Day of Folk today was great fun too. It was great to see it so busy - and so much musical talent. Very well done to Tom and the team for such a well organised event.

Our next gig is 19th August at the Victoria Inn - please come along and tell your friends too. We'd love to see you there.

Have a good summer!

Festival Success! 

Last weekend we played at Orwell Bluegrass Festival at Orwell, Suffolk.  It's such an amazing festival.  The site is a large Scout camp, and at this time of year, there are fields and fields of yellow oil seed and blue bell woods, leading down to the estuary and out to sea (if you like)...The gang of kids we fed and housed between us all more or less were left to their own devices, and at times we found them at the tops of impossibly tall trees (which was a bit nerve-wracking). Gosh, put it in your diary and take the trip next year.  Chris and his team do a fantastic job.

We ate like kings (or queens, I suppose)... and our souls were fed on the most exquisitely beautiful music.  Watch out for 'The Midnight Skyracers' (all girl bluegrass band - absolutely stunning musicianship and SUCH fun!) And 'Shooting Stars' (the coollest suits in town).  They  were the best entertainment I've seen in ages. Great music.  We felt really privileged to be among these giants of musical wow-manship.

We played on Saturday afternoon to a packed marquee-tent.  We had a great time and the audience told us they loved it too.  Monday was hard...I love my job, but sunny Suffolk with hundreds of friends (felt like I knew everybody, almost) takes a lot of beating.  Wish it lasted at least a week.

Next gig at the lovely Victoria in Lincoln, with the added bonus of not being 3 hours' drive away.  Saturday 27th May.  Hope to see some of you there!
Sue
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Thank you Victoria Inn! 

We had a blast at the Vic on Saturday night! If you were there, thank you for being such a great audience.  The backing singing to 'True Colours' was much appreciated! Thanks again and see you again at the Vic in  May, maybe? Please check out our new Youtube channel for a couple of new-ish tracks.  As you can see, when we're not in the pub, we like singing in the kitchen!

If you can't wait till May, we're also playing at 1 this Saturday (25th March)  to support the fabulous artwork of Les Brown at the Sam Scorer gallery, Lincoln.

Here comes summer.  We're very happy about that. Have a good one everyone! :)

 

Victoria Gig! 

Hello everyone!

Just a quick note to say we're really looking forward to playing at the Victoria this Saturday night! Be great to see you there!

Happy New Year from The Rye Sisters 

Hello everyone!

Looking forward to some more playing out this year.  The first one's at the Struggler's Inn on Westgate, Lincoln on 12th February.  The fab landlady here creates a cosy atmosphere for tea time on a Sunday.  Please come along and enjoy the jolly good beer and our tunes!

So proud to win 'Song for Lincolnshire 2016'! 

Well...what can I say? What an honour to win 'Song for Lincolnshire 2016' - and what a heart-warming, moving evening, filled with talented people playing original songs.  We're quite exhausted from the excitement today, actually.  Thank you to all the BBC Radio Lincolnshire team and especially Jono Brine and Tom Lane, who do such a great job of inspiring and promoting music in Lincolnshire.  It is a beautiful county with beautiful people - and what a great audience.  We don't think we'll get a better one to be honest: all those people really LISTENING! It was quite disconcerting in a way.  And totally terrifying.  But somehow we got through the song.  Thanks to the marvellous judges (for their beautiful music and inspiration - and not just for granting us a result we obviously really appreciate) and to everyone who took part and turned up to listen.  A fantastic evening! Here's the edited BBC clip.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fy203
 

Song for Lincolnshire (Thursday 10th November) 

We're very excited to announce that we got through to the finals of 'Song for Lincolnshire' with our song 'White Mercury'!

The finals night is on Thursday 10th November and there may be more tickets available if you want to come and watch - contact BBC Radio Lincolnshire.  Otherwise I believe it will be broadcast on the night....tune in everyone!

Also we have two gigs coming up - one this Saturday night, 5th November (at the Strugglers' Inn) and then at Cafe Portico on Saturday 19th November - tickets just £6 from the cafe or contact the cafe on 07956 653156.

Stay warm and happy everyone - listen to live music :)
 

Song-writing: WHITE MERCURY   

As we 'Rye Sisters' played our  gig in the wonderful Strugglers' Inn last Saturday night, I couldn't help thinking: did the people I'd just written a song about enjoy their last pint within these very walls? 

It was after a visit to the marvellous Lincoln Castle that I found inspiration for our song 'White Mercury'. 

'White Mercury' was what some called arsenic - and it seemed rife in the 1800s if you read the local history books.  A poor, unfortunate woman named Priscila Biggadyke probably did not poison and murder her husband.  Nevertheless, she did hang for the crime on circumstantial evidence.  Apparently, she lived with her children and three men, one of whom was her quarrelsome husband.  The others were Tom Proctor, a local rat-catcher for the area, and George Ironmonger, for whom Priscila allegedly held a candle. Locals at the time said that it was no secret that Priscila and her husband fought like cat and dog.  Descriptions of their living conditions suggested something of a hovel with two beds.  The mind boggles. 

When her husband was poisoned with 'white mercury', he managed to point the finger squarely at his unhappy wife in the ten or so hours it took him to die his gruesome death.  Upon her arrest, Priscila blamed Tom Proctor, the rat-catcher. In a way, this would figure: he used arsenic to poison rats.  But Priscilla had also had her hands on it, and had offered it in substantial quantities to neighbours who had rat problems.  The constables quickly dismissed Tom Proctor: I suppose it was much more likely that she'd committed the crime - and he had no apparent motive.  It appears that poor Priscila then sleep-walked through the whole debacle or managed it clumsily.  She said that her husband had probably committed suicide, then.  There was a note, she said.  Her husband couldn't read or write, the law said.  He got someone to write it for him then, she said.  Likely story, the law said.  Where's the note? 

... I burnt it, she said.  So she hanged. It did sound dodgy. 

But on his death bed, Tom Proctor admitted that he'd poisoned Priscila Biggadyke's husband. 

What was his motive? Why would he take a risk that could see him with his neck in the noose? Did Priscila encourage him? And that's where our song comes in.  Perhaps his feelings for Priscilla were complex: living in close proximity - two beds and three men... could he have thought he might profit with Mr Biggadyke out of the way? Did he love Priscila, or lust after her? When she gave his name immediately on her arrest, would he have felt betrayed? Were promises made and then broken? And how might he have felt, watching her hang for a crime he had committed? 

Priscila Biggdyke was hanged on 28th December 1868 outside Lincoln Castle's court.  By then, the hanging process had been ritualised and taken out of the rabid gaze of the spectator.  A black flag was raised at the point of the hanging and bells were rung fifteen minutes before and after the dark deed was done. Her grave stone, which just says 'P.B', can be found in Lucy Tower on the Wall Walk in Lincoln Castle. 

Sue Pomeroy

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