(Dyr is Old Norse for Deer)
The Dyr Sister's Fairy-tales for the Modern Gentleman is an ever-growing compendium of anti-ballads. An evolution into a small ensemble after a time as a solo entity was inevitable in order to more effectively transmit the surreal, subversive and sometimes provocative paintings of sound that respond to the vagaries of modern life.
Combining contemporary folk with post-hiphop and electronic music genres the Dyr Sisters songs are delivered with driving percussive beats via a backdrop of strings including Viola (Sally Currie), Harp (Stephanie Halsey) and Bass Guitar (Sarah Shiels) and layered with haunting and ethereal vocal harmonies. This is a devastatingly beautiful expression of what it means to be alive and kicking and still telling tales in these bleak times.
This project brings together an outstanding collection of musicians from Kingston-Upon-Hull and the surrounding areas.
Sally Currie is a multi-instrumentalist who has an extensive history writing and performing original music with bands and solo, despite being born partially deaf. As a solo artist she has performed her work all over the UK at venues and festivals sharing bills with acts like Lætitia Sadier, This is the Kit, Ruth Theodore, Thomas Truax and The Dead Rat Orchestra. She mainly manifests The Dyr Sister alongside her viola, her MPC 1000 and her unique and enchanting voice. In 2019 she was awarded an emergent music commission with Drake Music.
Sarah Shiels is a bassist who has toured the UK, Europe and the USA lending her basslines to bands such as Ming City Rockers, The Black Delta Movement and Rivers Johannsson and the Deemed Unrighteous. She also has written and performed her own psychedelic and folky blues music and published her debut collection of poetry in 2018. Rumour has it that Sarah has a voice which sounds like honey being poured over diamonds….
Stephanie Halsey graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied performance on the harp. She is now based in Hull as a freelance harpist regularly performing with orchestras, at weddings and events. Some career highlights include performing Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane, being conducted by Sir Mark Elder and touring with Gary Numan as part of the Skaparis Orchestra. Stephanie has also recorded with artists such as The Broken Orchestra and Stuart McCallum. Stephanie is currently working towards a masters in music at the University of Hull, specialising in the electric harp.