Friday, 17 October 2014

Martha Tilston - The Sea

Watery Empathy

Having just returned from a week staying near Perranuthnoe in Cornwall where our house on a cliff overlooked St Michael's Mount and the sea, it is an empathetic pleasure to listen to Martha Tilston's latest The Sea which celebrates that generic entity but more precisely the Cornish seascape, and even more precisely was recorded in a cottage just above Prussia Cove where I had walked to on the coastal path on my first full day there.

Prussia Cove

It is a beautiful, traditional folk album and is without doubt imbued by the glorious environment in which it was envisaged and recorded. Martha's vocal is gloriously clear or tempered with a sweet vibrato at times, and the musical accompaniments, many familial, are always brilliantly played and sung. For those of us who grew up musically in the late sixties and got introduced to folk music through Bert Jansch, there is a sublime version of Black Waterside.

Approaching Prussia Cove - my pic from this week

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