The Bailey Sisters - The Stretford and Northen May Song by Helen Meissner 1 published on 2013/06/20 21:30:17 +0000 The Bailey Sisters are Alyson Rainey, Karen Dyson and Shelley Rainey. Karen and Shelley have sung throughout their lives in various choirs, and met through their chamber choir Duodecimo, where Karen sings first soprano, and Shelley sings second alto. Although Aly’s musical background is mainly orchestral, she too has a fine singing voice, which fortunately slots neatly into the mezzo role. They decided to start singing together after attending several singing courses led by Maddy Prior, Abbie Lathe and Rose Kemp at Stones Barn in Cumbria. With the addition of Karen’s guitar, and Aly’s fiddle, they offer a wide variety of traditional, self penned and classical material, ranging from the thirteenth century to the present day. However, they are becoming particularly known for their a cappella performances which feature strongly on “After Silence, Music” This is their first studio album and was recorded at Brian Bedford’s Parkhead Studios in Birdsedge near Holmfirth. The album was launched with a singing workshop and concert at Wandering William in Ludlow in April 2011. The Bailey Sisters are regularly booked to play live gigs, either as support or headliners. They are well known on the folk scene in the North West of England, and are branching out into other parts of the country. 2013 sees them performing at Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival in Brampton, Festival at the Edge in Shropshire, Aldenham Country Park, Herts and various folk clubs around the country.