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Martha Tilston


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Brighton, East Sussex (2000 – present)

Martha Tilston (born in 1975 or 1976 in Brighton, East Sussex) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. Her music combines many aspects of English and Irish folk music with more modern acoustic styles, and perceptive lyrics combining personal subjects with political, social and environmental themes.

Tilston is the daughter of acclaimed songwriter Steve Tilston and step-daughter of singer Maggie Boyle. She began writing songs at an early age. After attending drama school, she formed Mouse with guitarist Nick Marshall. They released two albums: Helicopter Trees (2000) and Tales (2001), and played many gigs and festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. Martha’s solo debut, Rolling, was self-released in 2003, followed by Bimbling in 2004. In 2005 she assembled The Woods, including members of semble, to record RopeSwing, which was given away as a free download. 2006 saw a full UK tour and the release of Of Milkmaids And Architects, which earned her a nomination for best new act in the BBC Folk Awards.

Her album Lucy And The Wolves was released in April 2010, and she spent the remainder of that year spent playing live, including supporting Beth Nielsen Chapman on her UK dates.

Her album Machines of Love and Grace was released in 2012.


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  • GaaraGOinMusic1

    vote up:

    24 Nov 6:14pm Reply
  • firefly2811

    sorted someone has uploaded lucy and the wolves.

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    why isnt lucy and the wolves up on here. for me its the best female acoustic folk cd i have heard for ages.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • Mullington

    Wall Street- very good!

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • inmate1571

    Unforgettable live

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
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    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ruthbl

    i remember seeing martha tilston 12 years ago playing on a solar powered live music stage..she melted my heart i now work with that stage and she has continued to leave audiences mesmerised ...thank

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • h3nke

    Absolutely fabulous live. Goose bumps, shivers, tears and out-of-body experience at once. Love you, Martha.

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • SophiePower123

    Beautifully enchanting folk singer-songwriter Martha Tilston is playing Cargo, London on the 6th of October! You can get tickets here: I can't wait!

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • pisartist

    Saw her live, blubbed like a baby, I was spellbound!

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • inmate1571

    Martha Martha Martha!

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Oneglovefitsall

    Saw her play at the Glee Club, Birmingham a while back. Absolutely amazing.

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • strajnic

    new joni mitchell?

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • pumpkinlll

    a jewel in folk music

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • dubrat

    A new album is in the offing and none of her others have disappointed in any way. What I particularly like is that her work and her persona somehow offer us glimpses of a better world.

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • benadlard

    Detect a bit of Sandy Denny in her it

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • phildelahaye

    fabulous - one of my favourite artists, such a beautiful voice and an amazing songwriter.

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • inkandskin

    what a rarity.

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • lady_xaphania

    gosh, she is SO good!

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Nuivi

    She's been my greatest musical inspiration since I was only 11 years old back in the ancient days of Earth Spirit dancing in the dusty yurt to 'By The Lake'. I turned 19 yesterday and realised how much faith her music has given me about life in general, and how much it has helped me to mature into an experienced musician as well. She really is the spirit of music, and so full of feeling and energy that her songs can keep me optimistic and thoughtful even through the worst times. I just hope one day Martha gets full recognition for how wonderful she is, she deserves to be so much more well known than she is currently, the rest of the world who haven't heard her yet simply DON'T know what they're missing XD

    14 Sep 2008 Reply
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