Today, our new music spotlight is on Martha Hill

Location: Newcastle

Line-up: Martha Hill (vocals, guitar), Ceitidh Mac (cello), Diji Solanke (drums), Rob Griffiths (keys).

About: For Martha Hill, leaving home at 17 in search of something bigger meant having to find a way to make ends meet. Turning to music out of necessity, busking became a means of survival. Unable to settle in one place, she spent the next couple of years travelling all over Europe as a street musician, living in squats and wild camping alongside friends. Eventually returning to the UK and settling down in north-east England, Martha continued to busk on Newcastle’s bustling Northumberland Street.

Following a brief stint as the trombone player for Holy Moly & The Crackersss, she started to obsess over the idea of taking her own songs from the streets to ‘proper’ music venues for the first time. Never one to sit on her heels, it wasn’t long before she had formed a band and booked her first ever UK tour. With two tours of Europe, support slots for Let’s Eat Grandma, Mahalia and Maximo Park, as well as a further UK tour following within the space of a year, Martha’s busy live schedule shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

What Hidden Herd say: Martha Hill returns with her intriguing disparate quality, wooing listeners in droves to her seductive siren and killer vocal hooks.

For fans of: Rina Mushonga, MarthaGunn

Next shows:

‪Thursday 18 October – Penrith @ Fell Bar.
Friday 19 October – Aberdeen @ Food Story.
Saturday 20 October – Dunoon @ Burgh Hall.
Friday 26 October – Newcastle @ Colbalt Studios.
Friday 2 November – London @ Hope & Anchor.
Sun 4 November – Middlesbrough @ Westgarth Social Club.

Tickets via Songkick


Latest track: ‘Wallflower’