Dart Music Festival Performers’ Update: Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston
Martha Tilston began her musical tenure in folk duo Mouse, with Nick Marshall, releasing her debut album ‘Helicopter Trees’ in 2000 and a follow-up – ‘Mouse Tales’ in 2001. 
She released her lo-fi debut – ‘Rolling’ – in 2003 whilst touring Ireland as support for folk troubadour Damien Rice. 
Inspired by Damien’s self-produced home-recorded hit debut  ‘O’, she funded in 2005 the pressing of her next record ‘Bimbling’ through the sale of the album’s canvas painted artwork. 
2006 saw her team up with band The Woods, an outfit that includes Lamb bass player Jon Thorne (who guests on ‘Machines’) to release ‘Ropeswing’, and by 2007, Martha was opening the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury with songs from her album ‘Milkmaids and Architects’ – garnering a nomination for Best New Act at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards.
By 2009, Martha’s vocals had been courted beyond the folk world by producers such as J Spool and Tru Thoughts Records, Mawglee and Mangatout, and also pop group Zero7, who invited her to guest on their 2009 album ‘Yeah Ghost’. 
The daughter of folk legend Steve Tilston, Martha found herself drawn to folk’s protest spirit and its themes of social justice from an early age.These themes are ever present in the eloquent, politicised questioning that suffuses her latest LP ‘Machines Of Love and Grace’, released in late 2012 – a collection of subtly charged acoustic folk songs, tinged with electric guitar and touches of electronica. The title is a nod to a beat poem by Richard Brautigan.
Press Quotes:

“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” – Timeout
“Redolent of early Kate Bush, soulful vocals that soar around, an understated
masterpiece” – Acoustic Magazine
16th, 17th & 18th May 2014
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