About Marion & Her Music

Marion Halliday - Photo by Lou Tingle

Marion Halliday - Photo by Lou Tingle

MARION HALLIDAY is a recovering lawyer, native Kentuckian, and now songstress and troubadour splitting her time between Philadelphia, PA and  Louisville, Kentucky.  She has been a singer her entire life, initially as a classical chorale ensemble and madrigals performer; then for several years she was lead singer of the regionally acclaimed trad Irish band, My Darling Asleep (cdbaby.com "My Darling Asleep").  After establishing a home in  Philadelphia, Marion co-founded a Celtic band, The Molly Blooms (with Lisa Timmons, Rosie McNamara-Jones, and Donna Bostock).  

In 2016, Marion formed Trickster Sister with her sister in Louisville, KY, and another musician in Philadelphia, to feature her original music, which she began writing in 2015 for her Irish band. In 2018, Marion was  named "One of the Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters' Association International; that year, too, she was chosen by Ron Olesko of WFDU FM Radio to perform at the highly-regarded NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase; and she was finalist in the 2018 Best of Philly Live Performance competition, securing the runner-up slot in the Folk/Country Category.  In July 2019, Marion's debut solo album Rings Around Saturn music landed at #3 on the Folk Radio DJ charts as well as garnered Marion the #3 artist slot.  In November of 2019, Marion appeared in the juried Semi-Formal Showcase at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in Stamford Connecticut.

Marion has great breadth as a songwriter.  She has found inspiration, for example, in the history of her new home-town in Philly, writing a range of songs that touch on city's rich and varied past. This includes songs about an escaped convict from Eastern State Pen, the forlorn beauty of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the statue to the Lenape in Wissahickon Park, and the revolutionary war memorial at Washington Square, among others. Through her "Philly Songs Project," Marion is available for special programs in schools and organizations around Philly that might wish to have her share with audiences interesting and historical tales through the medium of her beautiful, Philly-oriented original music.  Click HERE for more information about the Philly Songs Project. 

Marion has also written songs on more universal, contemporary topics such as domestic abuse, gun violence, suicide, and the scourge of heroin and meth addiction ravaging our country. Lastly, Marion’s music also includes amusing reflections on the challenges of relationships, as well as an abiding love of bourbon. To see the lyrics for Marion's recorded/released music, and a bit more about what inspired each song, click HERE.

The Bands - Trickster Sister & The Weeping Pints

Trickster Sister

Marion is joined in Trickster Sister by Sister Jane Halliday on violin, banjo uke and backing vocals, and by Donna Bostock on bass, percussion, and backing vocals.  See elsewhere on this website for information about Marion; more information about Jane and Donna is below

Jane Halliday

Jane Halliday

Donna Bostock

Donna Bostock

JANE HALLIDAY  (janehalliday@youtube) is a versatile musician with extensive performance experience in a variety of musical genres. She studied violin with Paul Kling, Philipp Naegele, Peter McHugh, and Timothy Baker, and has performed with orchestras and ensembles throughout Kentucky. She has a B.A. in English from Smith College, and a B.M. in music performance and an M.A. in Humanities & Civic Leadership, both from the University of Louisville. 

Jane has a rich background providing support to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson and Rachel Grimes, played many shows for the Broadway series at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville KY. She also has an avid interest in “early music” which she has pursued over the years as a vocalist, a baroque violinist and as a viola da gambist, through study and performance with various early music ensembles. 

Besides her work as a classical musician, Jane is a superb jazz violinist specializing in “gypsy jazz”which honors the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. She is an original member of Swing ‘39, an ensemble devoted to this unique genre of swing jazz. 

DONNA BOSTOCK has spent the last 23 years immersed in Caribbean culture; studying percussion and dance, while integrating that knowledge into performance and education. Donna is  a working performer/musician, music arranger/composer and music educator. She specializes in world rhythms and music. Donna helped found the musical groups Ellas y Amigos, The Molly Blooms and The Bostock Band and is a free lance musician. She currently Directs the Pit Orchestra for The Academy of the New Church and has done so for the past 8 Musical Theater productions. She also teaches at The Philadelphia School, and the Bryn Athyn Elementary School. Donna has organized and participated in study programs in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Spain and Brazil in order to  expand her capacity to perform and disseminate Afro-World Rhythms.

The Weeping Pints