Reviews & Praise
[Rings Around Saturn] is a timeless tune...beautifully sung and beautifully captured...a delicate and thoughtful piece that showcases a tremendous, characterful vocal - Chris Porter (Stereostickman-July 2019)
When we first reported and reviewed her album RINGS AROUND SATURN, we said "Marion Halliday shows her talents in a traditional way, taking cues from her predecessors like Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Joan Baez and others that sought to use their musical talents to convey and communicate a new way of thinking, to bring a message of hope to those that felt hopeless. As in her song “Thoughts and Prayers” she tackles the highly emotionally charged issue of the unnecessary loss of life happening in our world, but not by pointing a finger of blame, but by extending her hand in love and understanding, her songs are miraculous, her voice is a new beacon of peace in this troublesome time”, subsequently we received many comments and fan responses stating this was accurate, if not a humble comment, and that her music was inspiring and life affirming" - Joe Timmons (IndiePulse-July 2019)
When I first discovered Marion and her music I was blown away by the song-writing and you will be too - Ron Olesko (WFDU 89.1 Traditions and Creator of “The Folk Music Notebook”-November 2018)
Halliday and her band bring together their diverse talents to create an enticing blend of indie, folk, and bluegrass musical styles, with lush vocal harmonies over-top - John Gage (WFPK 91.9 P-Feb 2017)
Awards & achievements
2019: Marion released her debut solo album Rings Around Saturn on July 1, 2019 and in its first month, both the album and Marion (as artist) were ranked #3 on the Folk DJ charts (data compiled by Folk Alliance International) based on US and international airplay. In November of 2019, Marion will be appearing in a juried 'Semi-Formal Showcase' at the invitation of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Stamford Connecticut.
2018: . In January Marion was named "One of the Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters' Association International. Several singles she released that Spring were also selected by several DJs for their ‘end of year/best of’ picks shows. In November 2018, Marion was chosen by Ron Olesko of WFDU to be a featured performer at the highly-regarded NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase. Marion was also named runner-up for 2018 Best of Philly Live Performer (Folk/Country Category).
Marion's Music & Band
Marion Halliday, a native Kentuckian now living in Philadelphia PA, is proud purveyor of her own special blend of bluegrass and bourbon-infused, original, women-powered, Americana.
Marion has found great inspiration in the 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, the statue to the Lenape in Wissahickon Park, and the revolutionary war memorial at Washington Square. She 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. Marion’s music also includes amusing reflections on the challenges of relationships, as well as an abiding love of bourbon.
THE BAND - In addition to Marion, Trickster Sister includes her sister Jane Halliday (violin, backing vocals, banjo uke) and Donna Bostock (bass, backing vocals, banjo uke) as well as from time to time other guest instrumentalists. Band configuration depends on venue requirements and player availability.
Marion and the band also play covers ranging from the 70s through the 2000s and that feature a range of artists (CSNY, Tears for Fears, Dolly Parton).