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'Mad Martins: The Story of the Martin Brothers' - Live Show


Hayley McKay



Based in the North East of England, award-winning singer-songwriter Hayley has performed throughout the UK, Germany and the USA.

Hayley has a distinctive style that shows her to be an all-round soulful country artist with flair that is very much her own. She has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchel and LeAnn Rimes thanks to her beautiful sincere voice and moving lyrics.

This has led to the singer-songwriter heading to Nashville to co-write with twice Grammy-nominated songwriter Jan Buckingham (Whitney Houston), performing in Bob Harris’s home studio for his Under the Apple Tree sessions as well as supporting the likes of Tom Jones, Albert Lee, Scouting for Girls, Martha Reeves and Hazel O’Connor. Original songs are played worldwide in Café Nero stores, and she has sang on the soundtrack for Harrigan starring Steven Tomkinson, performed at Sunday For Sammy at Newcastle City Hall, and has acted and sang on various educational films for schools nationwide. Hayley particularly likes to perform with her 4-piece band, but can also perform solo acoustic or as a duo/acoustic piece. Hayley puts on a fantastic memorable show, which has variety, energy and emotion. ​

Hayley won a National competition a few years back, from which the funds enabled her to study at at BIMM (Brighton) and Access to Music in London. Since then Hayley has appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cornbury, Latitude, Northumberland Live, The Sage Americana Festival and Hardwick Live. In the past few years, Hayley has performed her original songs on RTE, Irelands biggest daytime TV, and STV Scottish TV.

Hayley is currently recording new material for release in 2020.​

Photo by Wendy Carrig


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“Beautiful voice & moving lyrics, infectious pop melodies/country influences.” ***** (The Telegraph)

“The up & coming apple of the British music industry’s eye hails from a town called Darlington.” ***** (Elmore magazine, USA)

“Hayley McKay - another fantastic musician to grace our pages.” ***** (Maverick Magazine)

“Hayley delivered in spades. I had never seen her or hardly heard of her, but I’ve now become a fan” ***** (Time Out Magazine)