Marion Halliday, and her band Trickster Sister, is proud purveyor of their own special blend of bluegrass and bourbon-infused original, women-powered, Americana. As described by John Gage, host of WFPK 91.9 Public Radio Show Kentucky Homefront, "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."
Marion, a native Kentuckian, now living in Philadelphia, is the band's songwriter. She has found great inspiration in the rich 400-year history of her new home-town, writing a range of songs that touch on the city's colorful and historic past. This includes songs about an escaped
convict from Philadelphia's historic Eastern State Penitentiary, 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.
Trickster Sister is comprised of Marion (guitar, vocals, songwriting), her sister, Jane Halliday, of Louisville, Kentucky (violin, banjo uke, vocals), and their sister in music, and Philly native,
Donna Bostock (bass/percussion, vocals). The band, which was formed in late 2016, completed its first EP of original music in Fall 2017. In its short life, Trickster Sister is fast acquiring a regional reputation for its original songwriting, lush vocals, and sophisticated instrumentation. In its first full year of existence, Marion and the band have played a variety of venues, festivals, and shows spanning multiple states including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kentucky.