Siobhan Fahey

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Siobhán Fahey
Birth name Siobhán Máire Deirdre Fahey
Born (1958-09-10) 10 September 1958 (age 57)
Origin Dublin, Ireland[1]
Genres Pop, new wave, dance, rock, electroclash
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, singer-songwriter, DJ
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
Years active 1979–present
Labels London Records
God Made Me Hardcore
SF Records
Associated acts Bananarama
Shakespears Sister

Siobhan Fahey (born Siobhán Máire Deirdre Fahey, 10 September 1958) is an Irish-British musician. She was a founding member of the 1980s British girl group Bananarama, and later formed the Brit Award and Ivor Novello award winning musical act Shakespears Sister. Her vocal range is a light contralto.[2]

Early life[edit]

Fahey was born the eldest of three daughters. Her siblings are Máire and Niamh. Her parents Helen and Joseph Fahey both came from County Tipperary, Ireland. Fahey lived in Dublin for about two years, before her family moved to Yorkshire, England, where her father Joseph was posted as a soldier in the British Army.[citation needed] Her family subsequently moved to Germany, then returned to the United Kingdom, where Siobhán was sent to a convent school in Edinburgh, Scotland and attended schools in Stroud, Gloucester and Kent in southern England.[citation needed] When she was fourteen, she and her family moved to Harpenden, and two years later, she left home for London and became involved in the punk scene of the late 1970s.[3]

Music career[edit]

Bananarama (1979–1988)[edit]

Main article: Bananarama

While in London, Fahey took a course in fashion journalism where she met Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward and joined their fledgling group, Bananarama. With the help of Sex Pistol Paul Cook, the trio recorded their first demo. Bananarama then worked with the male vocal trio Fun Boy Three, releasing two Top Five singles with them in early 1982, before having their own Top Five hit with "Shy Boy" later that year. Fahey, along with Dallin and Woodward, co-wrote many of the group's hits, including "Cruel Summer", "Robert De Niro's Waiting...", "I Heard a Rumour", and "Love in the First Degree".

Shakespears Sister (1988–1996)[edit]

Main article: Shakespears Sister

In 1988, frustrated with the direction she felt Bananarama were heading, Fahey left the group and formed Shakespears Sister.[4] Initially, Fahey effectively was Shakespears Sister, though American singer/songwriter Marcella Detroit later became an official member making the outfit a duo. The band was nominated for numerous awards[citation needed] and showed a darker, more sophisticated side to Fahey,[citation needed] who often appeared in the band's music videos and on-stage as a vampish glam figure. After two successful albums, tensions began to rise between Fahey and Detroit[5] and they split up in 1993. That year, Fahey admitted herself into a psychiatric unit with severe depression.[5]

In 1996, Fahey continued as Shakespears Sister by herself and released the single "I Can Drive". Intended as the first single from Shakespears Sister's third album, and her first record since her split with Marcella Detroit, the single performed disappointingly (UK number 30) which prompted London Records not to release the album. Following this, Fahey left the label and after a lengthy battle, she finally obtained the rights to release the album (entitled #3) independently through her own website in 2005.[citation needed]

Recent years (since 1997)[edit]

In 1997, Fahey appeared opposite Martin Dunne in the Irish short film Pinned.[citation needed] She also briefly re-joined Bananarama in 1998 to record "Waterloo" for the Channel 4 Eurovision special A Song for Eurotrash. Fahey reteamed with Bananarama again in 2002 for a "last ever" reunion at the band's 20th anniversary concert at G-A-Y in London. The trio performed "Venus" and "Waterloo".

Fahey continued to make music into the new millennium. She had an active website from 2002 until July 2007.[citation needed] In 2005, Fahey independently released The MGA Sessions, an album recorded with frequent collaborator Sophie Muller in the mid-1990s. The music was recorded for a film which ultimately was never made.[citation needed] Only 1000 copies of this release were pressed.[citation needed] Fahey's most recent single (under her own name), "Bad Blood", was released on 17 October 2005.[citation needed] In 2006, Fahey's website stated that she had been writing for other people; these include (former Sugababe) Siobhán Donaghy and Kylie Minogue, though neither of these endeavours made it to the final cut.[citation needed]

Fahey's track "Bitter Pill" was partially covered by pop band The Pussycat Dolls in their 2005 debut album PCD. The verses (which were slightly altered) and the overall sound of the song are from "Bitter Pill", but added in was the chorus of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". The song was renamed "Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)" and a remix was included as a B-side to their hit single "Beep".

On 13 November 2008, Fahey performed at the Pirate Provocateur Extravaganza launch party for the new Agent Provocateur winter collection, and for the release of Dirty Stop Out's new album Cuntro Classics at KOKO in London.[citation needed]

In 2008, Fahey appeared in the Chris Ward-written and directed short film What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor (based on the life of artist/model Nina Hamnett, self-styled "Queen of Bohemia"), with Fahey playing the role of Hamnett opposite actor Clive Arrindel, Donny Tourette (frontman with punk band Towers of London) and Honey Bane (former vocalist of the punk band Fatal Microbes).[6]

In 2009, Fahey decided to resurrect the Shakespears Sister name and released a new album. Entitled Songs from the Red Room, it was released on her own record label, SF Records[7] and included various singles she had released under her own name in recent years. Fahey performed her first live show in almost 15 years as Shakespears Sister in Hoxton, London on 20 November 2009.[8][9]

In 2014 she joined the line-up of Dexys Midnight Runners for some shows, including at Glastonbury Festival.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Fahey married Dave Stewart of Eurythmics in 1987 but divorced in 1996.[11] The couple have two sons, Sam (born 1987) and Django James (born 1991).[5] The two brothers formed a musical band called Nightmare & The Cat.[12] As an infant, Sam Stewart appeared in early Shakespears Sister videos for "Heroine" and "You're History". Django Stewart is also an actor.

Prior to her marriage to Stewart, Fahey was romantically involved with Jim Reilly, the drummer for the Northern Irish punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers and Scottish singer Bobby Bluebell of The Bluebells, with whom she co-wrote the UK No. 1 "Young at Heart".[13]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
The MGA Sessions


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Bitter Pill"[a] 2002 108 Songs from the Red Room
"Pulsatron"[a] 2005 95
"Bad Blood"[a]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Walk into the Wind"
(Vegas featuring Siobhan Fahey)
1992 65[15] Vegas
"Fear Is Real"
(Psychonauts featuring Siobhan Fahey)
2003 194[16] Songs for Creatures
"She's Lost Control"
(Erreur Fatale featuring Siobhan Fahey)
2004 Peep Show
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Cold"[a] 2004 Songs from the Red Room


^ a Since their inclusion on Songs from the Red Room, an album by Fahey's solo project Shakespears Sister, these songs are now usually credited as 'Shakespears Sister' rather than 'Siobhán Fahey'.


  1. ^ About. Shakespears Sister (16 April 2010). Retrieved on 15 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Interview: Siobhan Fahey – 'Why should you stop if you're still inspired?'". The Scotsman. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (19 May 1996). "She's Sold Millions of Records Over The Past 14 Years and She's Married to Another Pop Star, But She Never Gets Recognised in the Pub". The Observer. p. 18. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Britten, Fleur (22 November 2009). "Siobhan Fahey returns from the dark side of pop". The Times (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  6. ^ 'WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE DRUNKEN SAILOR' (Chris Ward 2008). Retrieved on 15 September 2013.
  7. ^ Shakespear's Sister on Spoonfed – Things to do in London. Retrieved on 15 September 2013.
  8. ^ Shakespears Sister confirm album, concert – Music News. Digital Spy (12 November 2009). Retrieved on 15 September 2013.
  9. ^ Siobhan Fahey's Back And Better Than Ever: style file: daily fashion, party, and model news. (24 November 2009). Retrieved on 15 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Dexys News". Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fearless Innovator". 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2007. 
  12. ^ An article on "Nightmare & The Cat". (20 September 2011). Retrieved on 15 September 2013.
  13. ^ Gray, Chris (3 July 2002). "Violinist wins fight for royalties after musical interlude in the High Court – Crime, UK –". The Independent (London). Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Chart Log UK (1994–2010): Adam F – FYA". Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Chart Stats – Vegas". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 

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