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. 


The Gate to Southwell Festival

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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

Happy Festival Summer! 

Hello everyone

Sorry I haven't checked in here for a while! Been rather busy - as usual! Loved playing the fabulous Harlequin Festival in Norfolk and it was marvellous to see such immense crowds at the Lincolnshire Day of Folk yesterday (4th August). I loved listening to Homity, Stephen and Julie Wigley, The Miracle Cure and Miranda Sykes particularly so it was an honour to be up there with so  many fine singers, musicians, songwriters from our fine county.

Please come along to the Stourton Estates Autumn Festival on 14th September if you are in the area - it will be beautiful. There are fabulous local bands playing and then there will be Elliott Morris headlining. And last year the ice cream was sublime.

See you all at a gig soon.

Thanks for your support as ever.

Sue (and Ishani says hi too).x

Thank you Crossover Festival! 

Well we had an absolute blast at Crossover Festival. Arriving on Friday after a speedy trip through the middle of the beautiful peak district, we performed to a really warm crowd (thank you everyone - without you it'd be just a rehearsal!). All the lovely comments we've had about our music and performance are so appreciated. We're so grateful to been a part of this: it just makes us feel so connected to the human side of this messed up planet! We are so fortunate to have such great friends and it's lovely to meet new people too. The packed-out harmony workshop on Saturday was amazing! Great talent in the room - they just picked it up effortlessly! Anyone who wants more infornation or a recap just contact us through here. There are still a couple of spaces available on the Harmony weekend I'm running in Suffolk from 27th May, too - if you want to learn how it's done with a bit more time to spend on it!

Thank you everyone.

Next gig: back locally to the ever-wonderful Strugglers on Saturday 25th May. and then at Cleethropes Cider Festival (I'm worried that Ishani will be led astray by the lovely cider though...better abstain till after the performance) - on Sunday 26th May 2.15!

Happy trails!

Sue and Ishani

Want to sing harmonies like us? It's not so difficult, actually... and such FUN! 

Hello! Lots of people ask us how we get those harmonies in the songs we sing. If you'd like to learn, there is a fabulous opportunity coming soon - at the end of May. I have teamed up with singing director (and harmony expert) Roger Jackson, to offer a three day singing/ harmony workshop in a beautiful Suffolk tythe barn. The 4 nights/ three days workshop is called 'Three Days in May'. We're running it again this year to build on the fabulous success of last time - please check out the comments/ reviews. Roger has been Towersey Folk Festival's choir leader for oodles of years and his enthusiasm is boundless. Most of you probably know what I'm like.

Three Days in May 2019 - sing.co.uk

Learn to sing Americana music in small groups and get a blend that really punches on those fantastic songs.

Relax in beautiful Suffolk countryside and wrap yourself up in music for three days.

The price includes food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation and tuition - £320 all in. If you want more than the basics, it could cost more if you want more luxurious accommodation options - but the basics are rather nice, I think.


Guild Hall Music Sessions 

Hello everyone - Happy New Year! (better late than never...)


We are thrilled to be playing the Guildhall Music Sessions this coming MONDAY 21st January - doors open 7.30 for 8pm start.  Please come along and support live music in your area:


St Mary's Guildhall, 385 High Street, Lincoln.

£4 on the door.

See you there!

Local Fabness and Leek in a Week! 


Just wanted to thank the warm-hearted, generous Mansfield Folk Club for having us on 17th September. The crowd were so lovely - and what a great club it is. If you are in the area, you really should get down here to listen to some top-notch entertainment, We were lucky enough to be supported by Phil Doleman (ace uke and banjo player as well as just a great all-round entertaining top chap) - and some beautiful guitar playing from one of the club's own players. They really know how to make everyone feel welcome and there is a thriving ukelele club there that goes on before hand. Monday night, the Black Bull, Mansfield. Go there. Sandwiches, raffles, floor spots, nice friendly folk and Tina who runs it so efficiently. Now that's a proper folk club.

Thanks also to the Stugglers' Inn fof having us back tonight. We had a blast and the audience seemed to like it...so thanks everyone! Cheers! WHAT a pub!

We are playing at Leek fesitval next week (7th Oct) then in Louth the week after (12th) and then it's SOREFINGERS. We are SO excited. We have to do day jobs in between all this stuff, And child rearing. All of which is great and cool and lovely. But music - oh music! Thank you for the music.

Yes. I have had a glass of wine tonight, since you ask.

Sue (of The Rye Sisters)

Peace and Love