Marthas & Arthurs

Formed around a campfire in Hertfordshire back in 2008, Marthas & Arthurs are a folksy four-piece comprising of Matt Hart, Mary Douglas and brother and Sister Tom and Esther Ball. Sounding a little bit like early Belle & Sebastian and a little more like the Mamas & the Papas, their quirky retro sound and sweet-yet-shrewd lyrics have been winning over the music press for a good while now, with Q Magazine describing them as ‘swooning and sumptuous’ and the great Jarvis Cockers dubbing them ‘rather brilliant’.

Their musical tone is one of quiet understated-ness, unassuming and melodic, with superbly gentle and perfectly harmonised vocals. Their songs are playful and have a joyous quality, whilst simultaneously managing to be thought provoking and, in places, ever so slightly tinged with melancholy.

After making an EP or two available to download online, Marthas & Arthurs finally brought out their debut album “The Hit World of… Marthas & Arthurs” in April of this year. The final production stages were completed thanks to generous donations from fans, who managed to raise the £2000 required for the mixing and mastering of the record. Full of the band’s delightful (and fast-becoming trademark) tranquil-come-mischievousness, it was a long time coming for their growing fan-base (which numbers among it 6Music’s Lauren Laverne) and thoroughly worth the £6 price tag. Check it out for yourself via their band camp.

– 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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