MARION HALLIDAY is a recovering lawyer, now songstress and troubadour living in Philadelphia but still very intertwined with her Louisville, Kentucky family and musical roots. 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 moving to 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 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.
Trickster sister band
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, has performed with orchestras and ensembles throughout Kentucky, and currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville KY. Besides her work as a classical musician, Jane plays jazz violin and is a member of Swing ‘39, a quartet specializing in “gypsy jazz” (Swing39.com). Also, since her introduction to it in music school, Jane has continued to explore early music - as a vocalist, a baroque violinist and as a player of the viola da gamba - through study and performance with various professional early music ensembles. She has a B.A. in English from Smith College, and a B.M. in music performance and an M.A. in Humanities, both from the University of Louisville. Besides being a regionally recognized musical talent, Jane's other claim to fame is being the older sister to Marion - they often gig together when Marion is in Louisville visiting the family.
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.