“The group brings together their diverse talents to create an enticing blend of indie, folk, and bluegrass musical styles, with lush vocal harmonies over-top”
— WFPK 91.9 Public Radio Host John Gage
Marion Halliday & Trickster Sister
Marion Halliday, and her band Trickster Sister, is proud purveyor of their own special blend of bluegrass and bourbon-infused original women-powered, Americana. Marion, a native Kentuckian, now living in Philadelphia, is songwriter for the band and has found great inspiration in the 400-year history of her new home-town, writing a range of songs that touch on Philly’s rich and varied past. This includes songs about an escaped convict from Eastern State Pen, the forlorn beauty of Laurel Hill Cemetery, and the revolutionary war memorial at Washington Square. She has also written songs on more universal, contemporary topics such as domestic abuse, suicide, and the scourge of heroin and meth addiction ravaging our country and in particular her home-state of Kentucky. Marion and the band’s music also include some amusing reflections on the challenges of relationships, as well as an abiding love of bourbon.
In addition to Marion, Trickster Sister is comprised of her sister Jane Halliday of Louisville, Kentucky (violin, banjo uke, vocals), and Philadelphia native, Donna Bostock (bass/percussion, vocals). The band, which was formed in 2016, completed its first EP of original music in Fall 2017. In its short life, it is fast acquiring a regional reputation for its original songwriting, lush vocals, and haunting instrumentation. In January 2018 Marion was named "One of the Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters' Association International. Marion and the band have played a variety of venues, broadcasts, and shows spanning multiple states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kentucky.