Born into a musical family (her father is singer-songwriter Steve Tilston, while her stepmother was the late folk artist Maggie Boyle), Martha Tilston spent much of her childhood in Cornwall where she would often sit “on giant granite rocks perched on the hills looking out at the vast blue ocean, understanding that I was connected to an older story.” Entering adulthood at the turn of the millennium, she based herself in London to further her burgeoning career as a musician and wove mythical stories into songs with which she has toured the world.
Tilston eventually relocated to Cornwall and wrote The Tape, which she explains “is a reminder that the world of the miraculous still exists. The film explores creative freedom and the courage to find it, the mythology in the environment and the impact we have on the natural world, the magic of music, and how art is a language that ties all these themes together. It helps us come alive.” She continues: “my aim is to take the audience to ‘the world between’, even if just for a moment. After watching the film, if they then go outside and sit with their back to a moss-drenched tree, stand on the rocks and shout at the sea, write that book, sing that song, kiss the person they love, it will have been worth it.“
With a voice like spiderwebbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Tilston has developed a successful musical career and has a loyal global following. She has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and released several critically acclaimed albums, with 2017’s Nomad being the most recent.
Having previously created and directed the award winning music documentary The Cliff Top Sessions, Tilston has continued to experiment with music and film making, with The Tape being her latest venture to guide its audience through a magical and thought-provoking journey.
The Tape is on general release from 24th September, with additional screenings, live performances and Q&A’s with Tilston taking place in September – she will perform at Hebden Bridge Picture House on 19th September 2021.