Martha Tilston’s new album The Sea has given the folk artist the chance to fulfil a long-held ambition.
‘I’ve always had it in mind to make a traditional album,’ says Martha of her eighth solo album. ‘Singing trad songs is what I grew up with, not just from my father (Steve Tilston) and stepmother (Maggie Boyle) but also on my stepfather’s side of the family with its Geordie heritage.’
The album is a collection of traditional songs about the sea and the stories of those whose lives are intertwined with it.
During the recording of the album, many of those she is close to have made contributions.
Among them are her stepfather Frank Whately and her uncle, the actor Kevin Whately, and her brother Joe Tilston.
‘It has been a magical experience,’ she says of the creative process. ‘We recorded most of it deep in a cliffside cottage in Cornwall and enjoyed trying to capture the magic and treachery of the deep.’
Martha plays at the Wedgewood Rooms on Tuesday, doors open 8pm. Tickets cost £11.
Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or call (023) 9286 3911.