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Few local artists can boast of a career trajectory as rapid as Martha Hill over the last three years. Since the launch of Spiders – a deliciously claustrophobic dive into creeping insecurities – in June 2018, Martha’s trademark husky vocal and storytelling style has endeared her to audiences in the region and beyond.

Martha’s time spent as a busker on the streets of Newcastle, as well as a touring musician with folk ‘n’ rollers Holy Moly & The Crackers, has seen her hone her considerable talents to become a sophisticated yet playful songwriter, capable of producing ear-worms like the simple brilliance of Blindfold, with its vocal acrobatics and percussive genius, and lockdown release Grilled Cheese from 2020’s Summer Up North EP, which saw her gain the attention of BBC 6Music. The arrival of new EP Dog Hearted Man this June not only came with Radio 1 airplay, a Radcliffe & Maconie appearance and 6Music playlisting, but also showcased her versatility as a songwriter. Tracks like the sultry Boom rub up alongside stone-cold anthems like Change and 151, which soar with sprightly strings and gigantic choruses, while the likes of 25 and Alter Ego are introspective and satisfyingly catchy.

2020’s enforced downtime prolonged the anticipation of live shows, and displaying a commendable work ethic Martha and her band spent the majority of the summer zooming around festivals. A full-on tour commences this month, with several stops in the region, where she’ll finally be able to show off her considerable talents.

The last three years may have seen Martha hit her stride, but we can’t wait to see where she’ll be within the next three.

Martha Hill plays The Cluny, Newcastle on Sunday 17th, Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Friday 22nd and Old Cinema Launderette, Durham on Saturday 23rd October (sold out)

 

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