Hanley and the Baird have a wealth of experience between them. They are confident and versatile in their field, from performing as a duo or in their 5 piece band. Guaranteeing a funny, energetic and memorable performance every time.
‘A band who you know you’re gonna come out with a daft smile on your face after seeing. The dedicated delinquents’ Gill Burke ‘You are nae Led Zeppelin but your no bad’ Billy Clarke ‘Proud princesses of Pop’ Andrew McKellar
Kirsty Baird started writing songs aged around 12. She won the two school song contests that she entered with maturely arranged songs. She started to sing in bars in Leith aged 17 and that was the start of her lugging a van full of keyboards, guitars and amps (plus friends and family) around Scotland. She learned her trade by singing in working mens clubs, holiday camps, hotels and piano bars and this is where she crafted her ‘audience participation’ skills. Where most performers dread that drunk heckler, Kirsty embraces them (sometimes literally). She has a very early song on the Hibernian football CD that her Dad thinks is her defining moment, Kirsty may not agree.
Late primary school was when Annette was first introduced to playing a musical instrument, and all being that it was predominantly classical music at school, Annette feels that classical music has given her great inspiration for writing melodies for her original material. She left school at 17 to get a proper job, realised at the age 24 that music was where she truly should be so went to music college. Original band ‘Stellar’ did well in the late 90s/early noughties playing all over Scotland. Annette then went solo for a while playing many pubs in and around Edinburgh before starting up ‘The Hanley Tree’ which played original and cover songs. Annette believes that music can and has saved her from the rocky moments that life throws at you. Musical influences in her life to name a few are Blondie, Pretenders, Fleetwood Mac, Dixie Chicks, Crowded House and of course Mozart.
Together Kirsty and Annette are a talented pair of girls who bounce of each other vocally and musically. When they perform they own the stage and this is where they are truly at home.