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Although the duo may be familiar to North East fans as fronting Holy Moly & The Crackers, duo Ruth Lyon and Conrad Bird are ready to embark on a new musical adventure together. Setting out their stall with a support slot for The Levellers at NX Newcastle on Saturday 22nd June, here we find out all we can about the duo…

Who are you and where are you from?

We are Ruth Lyon and Conrad Bird. We both grew up in the North Yorkshire Moors and moved to Newcastle in 2010 when Ruth came to study fashion design at the university.

What is it you do?

We both fronted folk rock band Holy Moly & The Crackers for over 10 years and played many shows and travelled many miles. It has been a real adventure. The band is currently on hiatus. Ruth has a solo project under her name, and we are performing as a duo, Lyon & Bird, playing folk songs from the Holy Moly albums, but also new material and old folk songs.

How long have you been doing it?

Since we were teenagers, it feels like a long time ago!

What inspires you?

We find inspiration from all over the place – history, art, poetry, the wilderness, our local art scene, our favorite songwriters, angelic taxi drivers. Inspiration can hit you from anywhere, so you have to keep your ears, eyes and heart open.

Tell us about your music

Well, Holy Moly was high energy folk rock and roll! It was all about getting lots of lovely friends in a room and having a party. Ruth’s solo work is quirky, introspective and emotionally powerful, it digs your feelings out of you. The Lyon & Bird project is soft, simple and earthy. We work with archetypal music and narrative structures to try and talk about the world around us.  

What have you got coming up in the future?

Ruth has finished her solo album and is planning to release it next year. In the meantime she’ll be playing a bunch of festivals – Glastonbury, Underneath The Stars, Novum, Greenbelt! Lyon & Bird are supporting the Levellers at NX Newcastle on Saturday 22nd June and playing at Cottingham Festival. We’re planning a kind of rural back-water UK tour this autumn and hope to release some recordings over the next six months.

Where can people find out more about you?

Head to or to follow what we’re up to. We’ll set up our Lyon & Bird website and socials at some point down the line.

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