The Rye Sisters

The Rye Sisters (Ishani and Sue) are a duo from Lincolnshire who perform Americana and folk-country songs in close harmony to guitar, mandolin and fiddle.  They pull from broadly American influences, such as Buddy and Julie Miller, The Civil Wars and the Dixie Chicks. They recently featured on BBC Radio Lincolnshire to rapturous praise from presenters Jono Brine and Tom Lane: 'the harmonies are just fantastic! Their voices blend so well together'.

Although they have both been performing music of various kinds for years, they played their official 'debut' gig as The Rye Sisters in May 2016 at The Rogue Saint, Lincoln. Sue has performed, written, recorded and won awards with several bands, including The Woodberrys, before the incarnation of the Rye Sisters and played festival stages (including GTSF in 2018) as well as running harmony and song-writing workshops for festival-goers.  Ishani has a classically-influenced background. During her youth, she spent much time on stage performing musical theatre, jazz and as a member of multiple youth choirs and orchestras. She sang and toured with Pembroke Chapel Choir between 2008 and 10, venturing into the folk and country music scene in 2015 with the emergence of The Rye Sisters.

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