The Bailey Sisters
Close harmony singing with occasional accompaniment
ranging from 12th century to last week!
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About The Bailey Sisters
The Bailey Sisters are Karen Dyson, Shelley Rainey and Aly Rainey. Karen and Shelley live either side of Manchester and Aly lives in High Wycombe. Although this might seem a little far apart for close harmony, it works very well! As well as performing at folk clubs, festivals and on local and national radio, the trio have supported well-known names on the folk circuit, such as O’Hooley and Tidow (Radio 2 Folk Award nominees for Best Duo) and The Young ‘Uns (Radio 2 Folk Award Best group winners in 2015 and 2016 and Best Album winners in 2018.)
The Bailey Sisters have performed at venues and festivals around the country and local venues include folk clubs, the Bridgewater Hall and the Working Class Movement Library. They led Cottonopolis, a guided walk-with-songs about the history of the cotton trade as part of 2018’s Manchester Histories Festival. They also run singing workshops and courses.
They all have classical music backgrounds, which informs their approach to their music and performance. Karen and Shelley have sung choral music since school, and met through a chamber choir where Karen sings high soprano and Shelley sings low alto. Aly has a fine singing voice too, which fortunately slots neatly in the middle! Aly’s violin and Karen’s guitar provide accompaniment, along with recorders, percussion and shruti, but they are best known for their unaccompanied close harmony singing. Their repertoire ranges from the 12th century to last week, and Karen’s song writing skills took her to the finals of the National Song Writing Competition.
2019 marks ten years since the trio first met at a singing course run by Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span) who told them, ‘you three have got to sing together!’ They will be celebrating their anniversary with the release of their fourth studio album, which we had thought was going one way, and is now going in quite another direction! All will be revealed in due course . . .
Oh, and by the way …… they’re not sisters, and they don’t drink Baileys.