the name is how our middle daughter used to introduce me to some of her friends (sad but true!)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
martha tilston again…
I went along to see/hear Martha Tilston perform again at
Colston Hall last night (I saw her February last year)… and she was SO good!
Once again, she was on stage for nearly two hours – usually with her supporting
band “The Scientists” but, for 20 minutes or so, on her own – and she completely
captivated her enthusiastic “full house” audience. As well as being an
excellent singer-songwriter (her voice is quite, quite beautiful), she’s also a
brilliant all-round musician – as she demonstrated last night on guitar and grand
piano. Lots of passion, humour
and just a hugely enjoyable evening.
Her latest album is called “The Sea” (although born in
Bristol, she now lives in Cornwall) and features traditional folk songs about
the sea, collected, sung and played “with family+friends, kith and kin” (each
of which she performs alongside individual family members). Last night, she
played these songs without the support from family members but, from what I’ve
heard listening to the CD this morning, it’s really rather lovely. Among the
featured family members are her father, Steve Tilston (whose music I knew well
before I came across his daughter – and who, I know, my brother Alan will have
come across from his Birmingham days) and her uncle, Kevin Whately (of “Lewis”/”Morse”
fame etc and he’s got a great voice)! Photo: Martha
Tilston from last night’s concert.
Married to Moira with three daughters (Ruth, Hannah and Alice) and six grandchildren (Ursula, Jemima, Rosa, Dan, Iris and Mikey). Former architect and also worked with young people in education in recent years... now just a retired slacker.