Martha Tilston/Harrybird & The Rubber Wellies at Miss Peapod's
Of her latest album The Sea Tilston says I've always had it in mind to make a traditional album.
Singing trad songs is what I grew up with, not just from my father (Steve Tilston) and step mother (Maggie Boyle) but also on my stepfathers side of the family with its Geordie heritage (her stepfather is Frank Whately and uncle Kevin Whately, the actor known for his iconic roles in such beloved TV series as Lewis and Morse as well as movies like The English Patient).
As noted earlier (above), among the family friends of her childhood was the legendary Bert Jansch (and Martha includes Black Waterside as a nod to his influence and presence in her work).
The Sea is a brand new album of traditional songs about the sea and the stories of those whose lives are intertwined with and guided by contact with it. Each song has one of the above-mentioned family members, plus brother Joe Tilston and friends, singing or playing with Martha and she says: it has been a beautiful experience. We recorded most of it in a cliff side cottage in Cornwall and enjoyed trying to capture the magic and treachery of the deep.
Travelling folksters Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies present their intimate cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun. Pirates, lizards, cracks in the wall and Basque cyclists all inhabit the songscape.
And let's not forget that Beard Snood....