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Manchester-based singer/songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Bay Bryan originally hails from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado (USA). His/their exquisite songwriting and captivating vocals remind of artists like Jackson C Frank, Anaïs Mitchell and Nick Drake. In performance, Bay captivates their audience, drawing from skills as an actor and storyteller.

The Meadow (rel. April 7th 2023), Bay’s debut album, is an alternative/folk-fusion concept album ultimately about the bitter-sweet process of accepting the call to adventure. On April 6th Bay’s band put on a sold out album launch gig at Deaf Institute’s new space The Lodge, with local DJ icon James Holroyd performing an opening set. It is fair to say that two days before the launch a buzz was created when James Holroyd and Luke Una shared their enthusiasm about Bay’s album. Within just 24hrs of them singing praises Bay’s gig went from 50 tickets sold to sold out, subsequently became a staff-pick at Piccaddily Records, and Bay was invited to play at London’s legendary Jazz Café the following week.

Previous to this Bay’s singles from the album received high praise from Indie Top 39, naming “Sticky Shadows” the song of 2021. Folk Radio UK praised Bay’s most recent release “Sweet Joan” writing of its “…meticulous and intricate twists that draw the listener back for repeat listens.” You may have also heard Sweet Joan on BBC Radio 3’s “Inside Music.”

“The Not So Ugly Sisters,” a theatre show that Bay co-composed songs for, was named in The Guardian as one of the Top 25 shows to book for Christmas 2021. The short film “Egg Party,” with music scored by Bay, won the audience choice awards at both the Coven and Cinequest Film Festivals (2021). Bay’s drag alter-ego Queen Bayard, who releases music of her own will be on the main stage at Manchester Pride (2023) returning from the previous year, and seems to be competing for a career of her own.