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Billie Marten

Teenage songwriting protégé Billie Marten has been tearing up the airwaves with her delicately deconstructed folk-pop since 2015. Now signed to Chess Club Records, we tune into an artist on the up and up...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 27 Jun 2016
  • min read
Who? Billie Marten is the musical moniker of Isabella Sophie Tweddle.

What? Teenage folk-pop protégé.

From where? Ripon, North Yorkshire.

What’s the story? Billie first began experimenting with music in her bedroom aged nine.

As an early teenager, she began settling on her own brand of saintly songwriting and genteel vocals, uploading tracks to YouTube and watching as the plaudits came flooding in.

By the age of 15, she’d been invited to take part in two TV talent shows – both of which she’d turned down – and had her songs Ribbon and Bird played on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.

She’d also signed to Chess Club Records and released a flurry of folk-tinged lovelorn singles throughout 2015.

Now a spritely 17, she’s been tipped by Ed Sheeran, supported kindred spirit Lucy Rose on tour and featured on the influential 2016 BBC Sound of poll.

As mad on James Blake as the sounds of PJ Harvey and Elliot Smith, her canny songwriting nous brings raw depth to her mainstream sound, guaranteeing love from all corners of the music world.

Now with latest well-received single, La Lune, out in the world, and nine festival dates in the diary, Billie looks to be rising up the ranks at record speed. Catch her on tour this autumn, dates below.

Sounds like? Kindred spirits Marika Hackman and Lucy Rose, but with the dial turned right down to mellow.

Predicted to? Become massive, everywhere, soon.

Must hear? New single, La Lune:

October tour dates:
23 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
24 – Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow
25 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
27 – St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London
28 – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff