2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Billie Marten

Friday, March 18
10:15PM - 10:45PM


Listen to Bird


Having already gained widespread acclaim for an emotive lyricism that belies her tender years, aged just 16 Billie Marten has been performing since the age of 12. Hailing from Ripon in North Yorkshire, she has music in her blood. Billie sang at family gatherings as far back as she can remember and grew up listening to John Martyn, Laura Marling, David Bowie, Portishead, Damien Rice and Loudon Wainwright, whom she saw in concert as a kid. At the age of eight, given a small, pink guitar and taught four chords by her dad, she wrote her first ‘proper’ song.

“I rearranged the four chords and realised I could make a song that wasn’t just a copy of Blower’s Daughter,” says Billie. “It was called I’m Gonna Run and it was about, er, a train. Obviously, it was awful.”

By nine, she had her own YouTube channel, on which she posted covers performed on the pink guitar in her garden. She recalls her version of OutKast’s Hey Ya and a...

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