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


Mansfield Folk Club


The Gate to Southwell Festival

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Grimsby Folk Club

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ONE AFTERNOON, on Sunday 20th September 2020... 

Hello everyone:

Just to let you know, we are performing at The Prince of Wales this Sunday from about 4. We are very excited to be performing on Sunday (it's been so long - our last gig was 16th March, and even then, that was pushing it!) but we agreed to play having carefully weighed up risks and the general feeling out there. If you do want to come, you must please book a table at the venue (01522 528894), preferably in the restaurant or outside area. This is a lovely opportunity to see some live music in a venue who have considered the necessary safety precautions. We are in good company: 'Jellylegs' will be kicking off the afternoon's beautiful music from 1, then it's 'Ebony and Ivory' from 2.30 ish (part of 'em, anyway!) and then us, and then 'August James' from 5.45pm. It'll be a lovely afternoon I hope (pray for good weather). We don't see this as the start of us gigging like crazy again, given the circs, just a timely opportunity to get out there and see if we can still do it! Perhaps we'll see some of you there, but if not, thanks for continuing to support us from afar. We have still been meeting up (socially distant-ish) to practise, and we've been writing some new material so that when we get the fanfare of the ALL-CLEAR (will that ever happen, omg let's hope so!) we can get back out there and play, sing, drink, dance and make merry at those festivals.

Love, The Rye Sisters, Ishani and Sue

This Time Last Year...Crossover Festival 

Hi everyone!

Unfortunately, we can't come to you live at the moment (can't do that live stream thing because of course we live in different houses!). So here's maybe the next best thing. This time last year we were playing at Crossover Festival. It was a simply wonderful experience. The sound is great on this and the auditorium was lovely and cosy. Get yourself a glass of something and some popcorn, and pretend this is coming out live just for you.

Lots of love

The Rye Sisters

In My Life - A new recording 

Hello everyone!

Hope you are managing to keep relatively cheerful. We are concentrating on song-writing and learning some IT skills so we can post this sort of thing to you.  We miss you lots - the crowds, the half a pint of Timmy Taylor (and half a cider for Ishani), even the struggle with the PA, the late nights, the being crammed in a corner, the pub dogs, the smell of the pub, the salt and vinegar crisps and the offers of a pork pie in exchange for a CD. All that. And we miss each other. And I know that is an experience a lot of us are sharing at the moment.

Keep safe. Keep the music strong.

Lots of love

The Rye Sisters

I Can't Go Anywhere 

Hello folks

We have just recorded our new song, albeit with pretty basic equipment and software to hand so you'll have to forgive the home-made quality of it. We recorded it apart of course. We've tried all sorts of musical solutions but no one has yet found something that works for playing 'in real time' across cyberspace. Never mind- we'll use this time to maybe write some new songs and learn how to record things. I'm pleased to say that my IT skills are getting slightly better - I'm a complete technophobe, generally and have no patience for this kind of thing!

The song is called 'I Can't Go Anywhere Without You' really, but these days, it would be more appropriate if the song were simply called 'I Can't Go Anywhere'. Like...well only to the shops for some milk and stuff.

Lots of love to you all 'out there'. Stay safe.

Wishing you emotional peace and sunny days with a sprinkle of rain, preferably overnight.

Sue and Ishani

Waving at you from a Distance 

Hello everyone

I thought I would update you but of course there is nothing really to say other than, 'Sigh...' Like so many bands out there, we are heartbroken about not being able to perform or even practice - and for those of you who don't know, it is 'virtually' impossible to play live with each other virtually. So for now, we are taking stock, trying out some song-writing ideas, recording our songs by sending tracks back and forwards. We are enjoying seeing the Spring do its thing in gardens and in Lincolnshire hedgerows, but, like all of us, we dearly miss our friends and wider family. And the pub. And you, our fab audiences. We can't do Live facebook streaming or such like, because we're not together. We're working with limited equipment so anything we put out might not be the quality of sound you're used to. We'll see what happens.

We hope you are managing to stay well and are not going too bonkers.

See you on the other side...

In the meantime, listen to Richard Thompson's Song 'Keep your Distance'. It's a good 'un!


The Rye Sisters

Covid Bloody 19 - Beerheadz gig on Thurs 19th March postponed 

Hi all

We'd like to give you all a hug, air kiss, elbow bump and (virtual, so safe) handshake at this particularly concerning time. Thank you if you have been out to see our gigs recently. Our hearts go out to those who are ill with the virus or are anxious that they will be, or that their loved ones may be. Those who are in the health professions are already heroes of course, and have a huge task ahead of them. It's also going to wreak havoc with folk financially, some more than others, and people are going to feel lonely.

We love playing music, but of course, like many other musicians, are finding that it is not wise or right-thinking to play gigs at this time. We will keep you updated of course. The gig on Thursday 19th March at Beerheadz is postponed as of tonight, following the PM's briefing.

Thank you all for coming out to support live music till now. We shall all miss it for a while, but when this blasted thing blows over, we'll be back, and we'll all celebrate together. We'll write songs and practise.

Keep the music strong.


The Rye Sisters

Spring is springing...nearly..! 

Hello everyone! We've finished hibernating and we're out an about in force again - playing debuts at the West End Tap tonight (7th March) and at Beerheadz on Thursday 19th March.

Hope to see you at our upcoming shows locally and around the country. We're playing pubs, folk clubs and a few festivals this year and are delighted to be back at the Gate to Southwell Festival this June.

Looking forward to all the music. Hope 2020 is bringing you peace and happiness.

Sue and Ishani

Down from the Mountain (at Christmas!) - The Rye Sisters with The Itchy Fingers Band 

It will be fantastic. You will have fun. Come. You will not be disppointed. The only thing is you will be in Louth wondering what we mean by coming down from the mountain. But you'll see. It's basically that fantastic American music with harmonies even closer than your closest Christmas-visiting relatives. Thank you thank you to the marvellous Itchy Fingers Band who are super-duper, top-tapping fun.

O Brother Where Art Thou? O Rye Sisters with The Itchy Fingers Band! 

We're very excited to be playing with The Itchy Fingers Band on 14th December in Louth. Watch this space! (And this rehearsal, if you like - see link below).

Class act - what FUN!



Check out this video link above!

Summer gone? More music please! 

Hello everyone

Just a big thank you for your continued support as we play gigs at some of our favourite venues. Last week we played to a lovely crowd as usual at The Strugglers Inn. People were in good voice - thanks for your support, everyone. This weekend we're off to Leek in Staffordshire for the Leek Americana and Blues Festival which promises to be rather ...epic! It actually began today, 2nd October. So many bands and so much to see! Thanks as always to the tireless efforts of the organisers at Leek festival. We can't wait. Ishani and I have been writing more songs and learning even more material to play so we hope to see you at a venue near you soon!


The Rye Sisters