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Displaying an incredible vocal range with a distinctive all-round style, which can effortlessly leap from earthy and soulful raw emotion to soaring and ethereal angelic tones, Hayley has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchel, LeAnn Rimes and Kate Bush. An accomplished and insightful songwriter, who effortlessly captures deep emotional sentiment with moving sincerity, she has co-written with twice Grammy-nominated songwriter Jan Buckingham (Whitney Houston) in Nashville, performed in Bob Harris’s home studio for his Under the Apple Tree sessions, and has supported Tom Jones, Albert Lee, Scouting for Girls, Martha Reeves and Hazel O’Connor. Hayley’s fanbase is ever growing with recent performances at C2C London, UK’s biggest country festival and The British Country Music Awards where her song Wild West was shortlisted as UK Song of the year. Her music is popular with many radio stations in Ireland and she was awarded UK Entertainer of the year at The Hot Country TV Awards held in Ireland where she performed in front of 1200 people. Hayley is currently recording new material and is co writing with Nashville award winning writer Bill DiLuigi, Anna Neale, Phil Caffrey and Hattie Murdoch. Hayley’s first performance onstage was when she was 9yrs old, performing a young Marylin Monroe at Her Majesty’s Theatre West End London. She has been performing ever since.. When Hayley was 17, she was awarded a grant from Sunday for Sammy foundation. This enabled her to make her first EP with Jamie Squires (who you may have seen performing with the 1975) and producer Fred Purser. From this Hayley was invited to perform at Newcastle City Hall Sunday for Sammy in front of a full house alongside north east legends including Mark Knopkler, members from Lindisfarne, Matt Healy (1975) and the cast from Auf Weidersehn Pet. A few years later Ray Laidlaw asked Hayley if she would like to sing on the soundtrack for Harrigan starring Steven Tomkinson. In 2011 Hayley won a national talent competition and the funds enabled her to study at BIMM (Brighton) and Access to Music in London amongst her peer Jess Glynne. Since then, Hayley has performed both solo acoustic and with her band at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cornbury, Latitude, Lindisfarne, Willowman, Northumberland Live, The Sage Americana Festival and Hardwick Live. Her song Breathe features on the short film “Floppy toast with Drippy butter” by Lone Pine Pictures which has picked up various awards from international festivals. She is also a Prince’s Trust ambassador and performs at numerous charity events. Hayley’s songs have also garnered strong support on BBC Introducing, receiving accolades for ‘Track of the Week’ on many occasions on BBC Radio Tees. Her songs have been championed by Paul Sexton (BBC Radio 2 presenter & journalist) with airplays on Emirate’s flights, and her award winning single Wild West has been played on Absolute Country Radio. Her songs have also been on RTE1 Radio 1 Ireland, BBC Big Country Show and over 200 radio shows around the world She has also performed her original songs to audiences numbering hundreds of thousands on RTE, Ireland’s biggest daytime TV show, STV Scottish TV and London Live. Her music videos have also been played on Keep it Country TV, Spotlight TV and Fresh Country TV. One of Hayley’s songs, Breathe, is getting played in over 600 caffe Nero Stores in the UK, was BBC Intro track of the week on radio Tees and to top it off she was invited to perform an acoustic live version for RTE1 The Today Show, National TV in Ireland. Breathe also reached the semi finals of the UK Songwriting Contest. She also has been shortlisted out of 18,000 entrants in the International Song writing Competition. In 2020 Hayley released her single Thinking About Last Night which reached no 1 in the Ignition Country Charts. The song was also voted as one of the top three best new singles in Ireland, reached the top ten in the Valley FM Indie Charts in Australia, garnered BBC Introducing support, and won Hayley the Artist of the Week spot on Radio New Wheels in the USA. It has been getting a lot of support around world especially in Ireland. Hayley was invited to Ireland this year to perform at The Hot Country TV Awards where she won UK Entertainer of the year. Hayley can perform with her band, solo acoustic or duo/trio dependant on the type of gig.

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Hayley McKay's Song list

Original songs can be added found on my YouTube channel and Spotify-Hayley Mckay.
Covers can be requested. Here are a list of popular songs I cover
Jolene, Dolly Parton
Candy, Paulo Nutini
You've got the love-Florence and the Machine
Songbird, Eva Cassidy
Love, Nat King Cole
Big yellow taxi, Joni Mitchel
At Last, Etta James
Landslide, Stevie Nicks
Harvest Moon, Neil Young
Coat of many colours, Dolly Parton
Foundations, Kate Nash
Ho Hey, Lumineers
Make it with you, Bread
Top of the world, The Carpenters
3 Little birds, Bob Marley
Stand by me, BB King
Other side of the world, KT Tunstall
Leaving on a jet plane/lassie go, John Denver
Galway Girl, Steve Earle
Dancing Queen, Abba
Ooh la la, The Faces
Lucky One, Allison Krauss
Country roads, John Denver
Dancing in the dark, Bruce Springsteen
Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
Stand by me, BB King
Dirty old town, Dubliners
Nothing breaks like a heart, Miley Cyrus
Send me on my way, Rusted Root
Case of you, Joni Mitchel
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I can perform solo, duo, trio or full band (6 musicians). I have a fiddle player who is fab!

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

PA system is included in the quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you.

Hayley McKay's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£400
Up to 2 hours£700
Up to 3 hours£1000
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Hayley McKay's Reviews

From customers:

Mary S
1 year ago, for a Concert in Sedgefield
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5 out of 5

I really enjoyed Hardwick Festival 2022 on Saturday. Even the rain never stopped me from enjoying the angelic voice of Hayley McKay. Hayley and her talented band were fantastic and the audience danced away to the music in the rain, the atmosphere was amazing.

Alex M
1 year ago, for a Concert in Long Causeway
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5 out of 5

Saw you at the tan hill supporting scouting for girls. Genuinely one of the best performers I've seen live. Felt like I was in the presence of greatness. Keep smashing it