Tonight We went to see Martha Tilston play at The Centre for Alternative Technology in Panperthog, Wales. Martha and her band captervated all of us with her open and witty stories always followed by the beautiful music and engaging lyrics. The Melodies while having a folk influence were interwoven with contemporary touches that brought the music bang up to date and kept my interest throughout the gig... So much so that I didn't get too many shots in!
Anyway I do not have the Music Speel so this is what others have said about Martha and her band of Merry Men...
“Redolent of early Kate Bush, soulful vocals that soar around, an understated masterpiece.”
Martha and band have played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals. She has recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and played with the some of the world’s most inspiring musicians.
Fresh out of college Martha happened across the Small World stage with her duo, Mouse; they put her on at midnight and let her play until dawn. She then travelled round the country with the lantern-lit touring stage, learning her craft and gaining a faithful underground fan-base.
“She has the power to draw an audience into her world, leaving all those present with a smile, and a few issues to ponder, too.”
“She has probably the purest voice I have heard and at times it sent shivers up and down my spine.”
Lee Allen, BBC
Martha has constantly experimented with her musical parameters. In the early days this meant singing the folk songs she had know since childhood one week and recording electronica and trip-hop the next.
Her new tour is a sparky union of folk, acoustic, trip-hop and electronica. With her longtime collaborators and musicians Matt Tweed and Matt Kelly, among others they entwine raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thought-provoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. To see them live is to connect with longed-for parts of ourselves…
“Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.”
“Sit down with a cup of chai tea and let her silky voice wash over you.”
To listen to her work or see more Visit http://www.marthatilston.co.uk/
For CAT and their work goto http://www.cat.org.uk/