MARTHA TILSTON
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Martha Tilston
Martha Tilston is a captivating performer, an enchanting singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductively beautiful voice. Weaving her magic spell over listeners wherever she plays – from the concert hall to the campfire, from folk clubs to main festival stages – she is a rare gem who has the power to draw an audience into her world and create an intimate space.
It is hardly surprising that Martha is such an original and accomplished performer. She grew up surrounded by music, art, poetry and drama. Her father is acclaimed singer-songwriter Steve Tilston; stepmum the glorious London-Irish folk singer Maggie Boyle; her mum Naomi is a talented artist, while stepdad Frank is a theatre director.
Hearing luminaries such as Bert Jansch, Ralph McTell and John Renbourn playing in the kitchen with her dad, and learning traditionals from Maggie Boyle formed the background to Martha’s love of music. Having inherited her mum’s artistic talents, Martha also paints the artwork for her records.
After releasing two albums in a cult duo called Mouse, Martha’s first solo album, the low-key ‘Rolling’, was released in 2003. followed by her first full-scale album, ‘Bimbling’, in 2005, then a free download album, ‘Ropeswing’, the first to feature her band The Woods. In 2007, the critically acclaimed ‘Of Milkmaids & Architects’ was released and brought her to the attention of a more mainstream audience, and she was nominated for a BBC Folk Award.
Since then, Martha has been guest vocalist on the track “Pop Art Blue” which she contributed to Zero 7’s latest album ‘Yeah Ghost’, toured Australia, and the UK, as well as headlining various prestigious UK Festivals. Despite her main stage appearances, Martha continues to adore small, underground, alternative festivals where she will still no doubt be found playing unannounced sets around the campfire at three in the morning…
Having had a break from live performing last year to have a baby, Martha returns with a brand new album ‘Lucy And The Wolves’, a stunningly beautiful selection of songs, again including Lamb bass player Jon Thorne. Throughout, Martha expresses herself in her trademark, endearingly direct, yet wonderfully poetic manner, putting forward her philosophy of life, and examining relationships in an accessible, universal way.