Singer-songwriter Marion Halliday is a lesson in contrasts. A Philadelphia transplant via Kentucky, she has built her success on her innate ability to seamlessly blend her laid-back Appalachian roots with the more urgent, gritty landscape of the “City Of Brotherly Love” as the songwriter and vocalist for the beloved folk trio Trickster Sister. Now, after several years as part of the delightful ensemble, the renowned troubadour is, once again, pushing the boundaries of her music as she releases her first solo full-length album Rings Around Saturn.
Featuring 11 brand new songs, Halliday’s debut effort will be released Monday, July 1 and to celebrate she’s performing a special CD release party with her band and a number of other highly-regarded musicians in Philly on July 13. The Philly show will be at the legendary Philadelphia Folksong Society, the organization behind the renowned Philly Folk Festival, and of which Halliday is a Co-Op Member.
In addition to her CD release party, Halliday will also perform songs from her new album at this year’s 58thAnnual Philadelphia Folk Festival, the country’s longest-running folk festival featuring dozens of premier acts including David Crosby, Margo Price, The Mavericks, Joan Osborne, and many more. The artist will appear on Friday, August 16 on the Lobby Stage and Sunday, August18 on the Culture Stage.
“The release of my first full-length solo album marks a very pivotal time in my career – one that I’ve been working toward for over two years,” said Halliday. “While I love being part of a band and the energy and creativity that comes from that experience, I’m excited to share a more intimate, personal side of me through these songs.”
Rings Around Saturn, which Halliday describes as “Bluegrass and bourbon-infused, women-powered, original Americana music,” is an eloquently-produced, thought-provoking album that straddles the line between “reflective and beautiful” and “playful and hard-driving,” she says. Modern-day topics and issues are beautifully woven throughout the record with tracks like “Good Things Will Come” and “We Are the Change” aiming to “inspire hope through change”, while other songs boldly address such social issues as mass school shootings (“Thoughts and Prayers”) and the tragedy of the Native American experience (“If Statues Could Speak”).
The latter song, “If Statues Could Speak,” is also representative of the influence of Philadelphia and its history on Halliday’s music. Halliday was moved to write the song after discovering the Teedyuscung Statue, a statue honoring the Lenape who were the first true settlers of the region, when hiking in Wissahickon Park. Other tracks are also influenced by the area and its history like “Still Burning,” about the tragic Centralia PA Coal Mine Fire and “The Boy On Lemon Hill” titled after the street of the same name in historic Fairmount Park.
“The one thing I always want my fans to take away from my music is the stories,” said Halliday. “I want them to share these stories with others and be ones that they want to hear time and time again.”
Rings Around Saturn was produced byHalliday and Jim Salamone and engineered bySalamone and Todd MeCaughey. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios. Musicians featured on the album include: Jane Halliday (violin, banjo, uke, backing vocals various tracks), Donna Bostock (upright bass, various drums and percussion, backing vocals various tracks), Brad Hinton (guitar, lap steel various tracks), Peter Farrell (keys various tracks), Jim Salamone (electric guitar, bass, ambient effects, drums and various percussion throughout), Todd MeCaughey (electric guitar, various percussion throughout), Dave Mowry (slide guitar Track 6), Desiree Haney (cello Track 4), Irene Lambrou (backing vocals Tracks 1 and 11), Meghan Cary (backing vocals Tracks 1, 2, and 11), Lisa Jeanette (backing vocals Tracks 1, 2, and 11), Mike Parisi (bass on Track 4) and Giada Tripepi(cajon, tambourine on Track 11).
The official track listing for Rings Around Saturn is:
Good Things Will Come
Thoughts and Prayers
If Statues Could Speak
Rings Around Saturn
Bourbon and Men
Time to Live Again
Boy On Lemon Hill
We Are the Change (live)
The CD release party at The Philadelphia Folksong Society (6139 Ridge Ave., Roxborough) starts at 8 PM and is an all-ages show. For more information, visit https://pfs.org.
For more information about Halliday and her new release Rings Around Saturn, visit www.marionhalliday.com.
- Occurred Saturday, July 13th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm