PRICK AND DING #92: MARTHA BEAN

Hello lovely people,how is summer treating you?

This is the latest Prick and Ding interview in what has become a somewhat intermittent service lately — oh life, you time-sapper you — but it’s no less flavoursome let me tell thee as the 2 and a half minute interview returns.

Oh no sweet children, we still like to deliver blessed goodness to your eyeboxes and eardimples as often as we can and this very week we have a special talent called Martha Bean.

Martha Bean is a Leicester-based songstress who dishes out pimple inducing gorgeousness at will.

Martha is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist — on her album she plays guitar, piano, double bass, banjo and clarinet. She also orchestrated all of the string arrangements on her album When Shadows Return To The Sea. As the daughter of classical musicians, Martha was raised on a diet of Mahler and Beethoven. She started to play the piano at age 3. Later as a teenager she taught herself to play guitar, before studying music composition at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. The musicality spills out of her songs in a most delightfully subtle and melodic way.

Her stunning tune ‘Song of The Sea’ appeared in our Fresh Faves in February and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. I never tire of listening to it as it makes me feel the best kind of giddy, the right kind of jaunty, the only kind of happy.

Far from being a one hit wonder she subsequently appeared on the Faves in May too.

I think this young lady is a unique talent and I am delighted she is going to be performing live this coming Sunday at my Warm and Toasty Club at Colchester Arts Centre.

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Sometimes a voice just connects to your fuzzy soul — scientists,mathematicians and Danny Baker have yet to work out the formula but mysterious as it is — great music is great music and this music is sent to move you, thank you Martha.

If you like what you hear search Martha out and spread the good word. Over to you Martha…

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
Just made a pineapple and mango smoothie from scratch. It was awesome.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Pulling a sickie from primary school and spending the day writing weird piano music on my mum’s old Acorn computer… I learned a lot.

3. Hero?
All the people who’ve come to my gigs, bought my records and said kind words about my music – that’s why I write and share (otherwise I might just write and keep)… it keeps me going.

4. Villain?
Somebody stole my guitar at a gig once. If I ever find them…

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Charlie Brooker. Ross Noble, Ed Byrne and Bill Bailey are also brilliant.

6. Describe what you do?
Write songs + sing + play guitar + piano, tidy up things that don’t need tidying up, make smoothies.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
Esperanza Spalding – an afro would be amazing. Could I have her amazing voice + double bass skills for the day, too? :)

8. Best musical experience to date?
Supporting Scott Matthews. I’m a huge fan of his, so I was elated to have the opportunity. He’s a genuinely lovely guy.

9. What artist inspires you?
Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens, Ella Fitzgerald, Elbow, Elliott Smith and Fionn Regan to name just a few…

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
Opportunity. I can’t believe I didn’t know it existed a few weeks ago! I love how it gives anyone and everyone a chance on an even playing ground. I’m amazed more people aren’t using it already… we’ll have to try and fix that. Thank you to Fresh On The Net for the amazing opportunity and for everyone who gave my song a listen :)

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom’s legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music – having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

1 Comments

  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely………………………

    & if I may so wager!

    Warm & toasty too! :-D xo

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