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. 

Previous events

Sing Mainly Bluegrass - Residential weekend workshop!

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Bushwell Farm, Newbold, Coelorton, Coelorton, Leicestershire

If you have ever wanted to sing like the Rye Sisters, or work out harmonies (men too!) this is a GREAT opportunity in a gorgeous location to learn how! Fully catered, outside mostly (marquee). Normally warm in September. Meet like-minded songsters and find your best voice.

£195 for the whole weekend, including camping, all food (good, home-cooked delicious food, I promise) and tuition

The Jazz Cafe, Lincoln

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Lincoln Jazz Cafe, 6 Water Lane, Lincoln, LN1 1TY

A classy atmosphere with delightful drinks and a lounge vibe, the Jazz Cafe is just off the Brayford. We will perform three sets aiming for a tasteful, laid-back sound to complement the sophisticated sound of clinking ice in cool glasses. For tickets contact: bookings@lincolnjazzcafe.co.uk

£7.50 (prices yet to be published and subject to change)

Off the Tracks Festival

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Donnington Park Farmhouse, Melbourne Road, Castle Donnington, Derbyshire

Off The Tracks is celebrating over thirty years delighting music lovers and is once again held near Castle Donington in the very heart of England. A great FFA favourite and voted a top "small is beautiful" festival by The Times, Off The Tracks is a marvellous, family friendly festival.

Arguably more House Party than festival, it’s no wonder that those in the know badge OTT as one of THE highlights of the festival season… and with good reason. (from https://www.festivalsforall.com/festival/off-the-tracks-festival-2022)

£95 for an adult weekend ticket including camping; £50 youth ticket (supervised) 12-16; under 12s free. Day tickets also available for less, obvs. see ticket link.

The Heckington Show

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Heckington Village, Heckington NG34 9RA

We are playing two sets: 12-12.45 and 4-4.30. There are also: animals, Sports for all the family, horticulture, crafts, cooking, arts, music...a wonderful show with a difference!

£18 for adults Sat and Sun; £11 for adults either Sat or Sun (two day advance). £12 on the gate Children up to 15 - £4 and Under 4s FREE

Gate to Southwell Festival

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The Gate to Soutwell Festival, Kirklington, Newark, NG22 8NX

We are playing at The Final Whistle at 1:30 pm on Saturday and The Folk Stage at 5 pm on Sunday. The Gate to Southwell Festival is a stunning kaleidoscope of music, colour, great food and drink, stalls and good times. When we first played this jaw-dropping festival we were completely inspired by the music and this year promises to be just as wonderful. We are so privileged to be a part of it. Get your full weekend tickets and see it all. And, obviously, come and see US! Go to the website: https://www.gtsf.uk/ for information and tickets

Tier 2 tickets on sale now - £125 for Thursday to Sunday weekend adult ticket. It's a bargain. Youth tickets MUCH cheaper Kids under 12 - FREE! See website link for more information!

We are chuffed to bits to be playing this festival - 'The UK's first and finest Americana Festival - kickin' since 2008!' We are playing amongst a stellar line up. My all time favourite comedian-musician Rich Hall will be there too and some fab music friends - Jenni Hankins, Noel Dashwood...wow - 's a gonna be great!

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Summer/ Autumn Schedule 

This is us at the great 'The Eyes Have it' Festival in Duffield, Derbyshire this summer. Our gigs and workshops coming up:

31st July: The Heckington Show

27th August: Scorpfest, Skegness

3rd September: Off the Tracks Festival, Castle Donington

8th September: Lincoln Jazz Cafe

11th September: Whitwell Festival, Derbyshire

16th-18th September: WORKSHOP -  FOLK ON THE FARM weekend residential, Leics 

21st-23rd October: WORKSHOP - SOREFINGERS weekend residential, Nr Chipping Norton 

 

 

MAVERICK and THE EYES HAVE IT - we LOVE festivals! 

Thank you Duffield! Thank you Maverick! We had a blast! Here are pictures of us having fun, the Peacock stage backdrop at Maverick, the Maverick main stage and The Real Thing (omg they were GREAT!) at The Eyes Have It festival in Duffield. Thank you to both festival teams for making us feel so welcome!

 

HERE COMES SUMMER: JUNE and JULY festivals! 

We are delighted to tell you that we have lots of festival gigs lined up for June and July! The first of these is the fantastic OUTFIELDS Festival, Louth- on 18th June; The Eyes Have it, in DUFFIELD, Derbyshire on Fri 1st July, the amazing MAVERICK festival, in Suffolk on 2nd-3rd July; ALFORD Music and Arts Festival on Sun 10th July and the stunning GATE TO SOUTHWELL festival on 14-17th July. We'll also be playing at a best kept secret in The North East - run by the Jumping Hot Club: COUNTRY CANTINA in Easington on 23rd July; The HECKINGTON SHOW on 31st July.

We are certainly looking forward to summer and to meeting you there!

We are very proud and excited to be playing at the warm and friendly Grimsby Folk Club on Sun 26th June.

Check out the SHOWS page for all the details!

Hooray hooray - the sun has got his hat on, not to mention his sunglasses and Hawaiian shirt!

Sue and Ishani! :)

HARMONY SINGING HOLIDAY, ANYONE?... FOR 3 DAYS IN MAY... (27th-31st May 2022) 

Hello everyone

If you would like to learn how to sing glorious harmony songs, like we do in the Rye Sisters, come along to 'Three Days in May' - a residential camp in Sussex, where you can learn a variety of songs - Americana, Transatlantic and kinda British in places even (yes we love that too!). There are limited places and you can look into it or book here:

Three Days in May!

It's a full three days, starting on Friday 27th May 2022 to Tuesday morning 31st May. Or if you prefer, you can come from Friday to Sunday, since Monday is not the usual bank holiday this year.

You deserve to spend time nurturing your voice, meeting the friendliest people (they honestly are) and getting some of the most yummy food ever served to anyone!) Cocktail hour is (sort of) compulsory.

 

Check it out!

Sue

 

LONG TIME NO BLOG - HELLO AGAIN 

Well, we had a blast paying at The beautiful Blueroom in Lincoln. It was all in aid of St Barnabas Hospice and, together with moving songster Gary Rudd and the fabulous energy of Klezmer band, Simcha, we helped raise over £1000 for this worthy cause.

We are performing at Boston Folk Club on Monday (14th March) and we're keeping it mostly in Lincolnshire until it gets warmer (you can put up with local cold - you get used to it...maybe). Please see all the shows we're doing!

Bramley Live and then Back to The Strugglers! 

Hi everyone

Can't wait to get back to The Strugglers on 20th November! Look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime we are playing at The Admiral Rodney on Sunday 7th November at 2 in Southwell. See our shows for the address if you are interested! We have worked in some new material of late and we'll still play the ol' favourites.

Onwards and upwards!

Sue and ishani

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Going Loco...I'm mean LOCAL! At the Wonderful Victoria Pub, LINCOLN!! 

Hello everyone!

I've just returned from tutoring at an amazing singing weekend called 'Folk on the Farm' hosted by the marvellous Sue and Brian in Leicestershire. Gosh it was fun. Thirty odd people made the most glorious harmonious sounds - (by which I mean about 33 people, not that they were odd). Seriously, you couldn't have asked for a more fabulous bunch. The weekend before that - of 10th September - we were playing a gig at wonderful WHITWELL festival, Derbyshire, where the people were remarkably lovely too. How lucky we are.

Next up for the The Rye Sisters is a return to surely one of the best pubs in Lincoln. It's The Victoria, everyone - who have blissfully supported live music. We're there on 9th October and 23rd November. Please do come along and have a great time with us...even when we sing our most miserablest songs eva.

 

WE'RE BACK!  

Hello everyone!

We have some gigs coming up and hope to see you soon! We are so excited about being able to play live again.

Get along to the Nettleham Live gig on 17th July if you are local, or catch us at a fantastic festival. Our local gig is on 17th July at Nettleham Village Hall. We are supported by the marvellous 'The Miracle Cure'. This gig has been assessed for safety in line with Covid 19 rules, even given the news this evening (14th June). Festivals-wise, we are playing The Eyes Have it Festival on 4th July (The Eyes Have It | Music Festival Duffield); the Americana day at Maui Waui in Norfolk (29th August Americana Day | mauiwauievents), and at The Gate to Southwell in Kirkington, Nr Southwell (2nd September Gate to Southwell Festival (gtsf.uk)).

Please do support live music if you are able to. Here's a picture of us from 'the before times'! We've been practising hard and writing new songs in the meantime! See you soon!

Sue and Ishani

Coming up for Spring Air 2021 

Hello Everyone!

We're not yet 'back' of course, but we wanted to say 'Hi'. We're so looking forward to playing 'out' again - it's been a long long lonely winter, as a famous song goes... In the lockdown(s) we've been writing songs and doing some rather imperfect practising (given the social distance measures) whenever the rules have permitted. We've done some great improv-ed /avant garde shaky video production for you along the way. But one day, it'll be properly done and everyone can feel like pros again. Hopefully!

At the time of writing, we are playing the Gate to Southwell Festival in September. Sue is also hoping to get along to the Ely Folk Festival as a punter as there are some great bands playing there - in July. It's still running at the moment, which is more than we can say for a lot of these poor festivals which have had to postpone, understandably. These organisers are really having to hold their nerve and they need our support - as long as you've weighed up the risks etc and decide it's fine for you, of course.

Here's a picture of Ishani at our rehearsal spot in summer (outisde, 2 metres apart...harder to get those close harmonies when you're not physically as close!). Here's a picture of me with what I did in my summer holidays: I went to Shropshire, and then to my favourite mountain for the day - Tryfan and the Glyders. It was so wonderful to be out, even though I was on my own :(.

So here's to a fantastic 2021 when it starts. Sue has more news on a music front so keep your eyes peeled for an exciting event happening at the very end of May...if you like singing.

Stay safe, stay sane, everyone! See you soon we hope!

Sue and Ishani x