Tilly Dalglish started writing at the age of 13 and has since travelled the country, making a name for herself with her poignant, passionate songs. She made her festival debut in 2013 at Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival in Cumbria, followed by FolkEast in Suffolk. During 2014 and 2015 she supported Dave Swarbrick, Fiona Bevan, the Unthanks, and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, played live for BBC Introducing and had songs featured by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 & by Tom Robinson on the BBC 6 Music Mixtape. She was the only solo artist on the main stage at FolkEast 2014 where she launched her EP “Painted Faces”. Last summer, Tilly played more festivals than ever, travelling up north to Beverley Folk Festival in Yorkshire and ButeFest in Scotland. Towards the end of the year, she made her first appearance at the infamous folk venue, Cecil Sharp House, and has kicked off 2016 by supporting one of Ireland’s number one artists and one of her biggest influences, Mick Flannery, at the Norwich Arts Centre.
Throughout this time, Tilly has developed a political and social conscience and has tried to weave messages concerning these topics throughout her songs. Having struggled with mental health issues, she has used song writing and music not only as a tool for expression, but also as a way of opening up conversation about difficult topics with as many people as possible. Tilly strongly believes that words can make a difference in the world, and her hope is to always leave people with something to reflect upon – whether that be a feeling, a thought, or an idea.
My first influences were Damien Rice and the Guillemots – both have a passion and an intensity I love. I listen to artists who have something worthwhile to say, or whose music has a soul, no matter the genre. Karine Polwart and Rachel Sermanni fascinate me – there’s something incredibly visceral about their music.
My real influences, though, aren’t other artists, but the world around me. Particularly issues of inequality and prejudice influence me to try and make people think more consciously. My real influence is a passion to change things, and a hope that music can do that.