Marika Hackman

I discovered the lovely Marika Hackman quite by accident whilst researching for my student radio show, and was instantly captivated by her sweet, ethereal vocals and the raw, natural quality of her music. Having just released her debut EP, a double A side limited edition run entitled You Come Down/ Mountain Spines (which was produced by Johnny Flynn and Adam Beach of the Sussex Wit and has already been given its first spin by Radio 1’s Huw Stevens), this is lady we’re all going to be hearing much more of in the coming months.

A self-taught guitarist and hailing from Brighton, Marika has been writing and performing her songs since the tender age of sixteen. Now 20, she’s seen considerable success already, as can be seen from her most recent accolades:  she’s just finished run of dates supporting Benjamin Francis Leftwich on his UK tour, has just announced her own very first headline tour this November, and has another EP in the pipeline for early December to be produced by Charlie Andrew (who has also produced for the now almighty Alt J).

Her influences fair on the mellow, down-tempo side of nu-folk; it is possible to discern traits of bands like Sigur Ros, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes within her work, however she possesses her own unique quality that stands her apart in an increasingly solo-female heavy industry. With delicate folk undertones and a maturity of voice that is well beyond her years, Marika Hackman is definitely one to watch.

To get your hands on Marika’s free EP of covers (including stunning reworkings of Dusty Springfield and Nirvana) visit her website.

– Georgie

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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