Sarah Hayes is a singer-songwriter based in Cornwall
Tennyson’s Twin is the performance name of singer-songwriter, Sarah Hayes.
Originally from Somerset, Sarah is a singer-songwriter now based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Her songs cover a range of different genres, including singer-songwriter, folk, ballads,blues, blues rock, Americana and pop. With a vocal style often described as ‘haunting’ and ‘sensual’ her emotive lyrics deal with subjects ranging from love and loss, to historical tales and the landscapes of the West Country.
Sarah began her professional musical career in 1994 as lead singer for Somerset folk band 'Romany', alongside guitarist Paddy Scot & fiddle player Glen Titmus, playing a mix of traditional folk songs and original acoustic works in the pubs and clubs of Somerset. During her time with Romany, she discovered a talent for song-writing.
In 2001, Sarah joined cover band 'Beyond Blame' as lead singer, playing a wide-range of well-known popular songs for outdoor concerts, pub gigs, weddings and private parties.
After an extended break to pursue an academic career as a historian, Sarah returned to singing in November 2013. Organising a concert on behalf of the University of Exeter, ‘Industrial Folk: Songs & Stories of Working Life’, at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Sarah took to the stage with Michael Mathieson (Mad Dog Mcrea), Olivia Dunn (Phil Beer Band, Other Mother), and singer-songwriter Reg Meuross. They were joined by actor, Tom Hayes, performing a reading as physician Dr John Hall.
In 2014 Sarah completed the London Song Company’s song-writing diploma course, under the guidance of composer Julian Marshall (Marshall Hain, Flying Lizards, Eye to Eye) and singer-songwriter Jonathan Whiskerd. This enabled her to build up a catalogue of new original material which she began recording in 2015, working with Penryn guitarist and music producer Daniel Cole.
Adopting the name of her favourite poet, Sarah embarked on a new solo career as ‘Tennyson’s Twin’. Launching her first EP ‘Time Traveller’ in February 2016. The name reflects her long-standing love of poetry, art, history and landscapes which inspire and influence her song-writing.