Said the Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they re-united several years after spending their schooldays together in St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Like so many aspiring folk singers and musicians, they started out doing floor spots at the local Folk Club; later rising to the level of guest appearances.
Soon they were getting guest spots and, later, headline appearances at clubs and festivals around the country. This in turn led to support spots for major acts such as Fishermens’ Friends, Martin Carthy and Clannad, plus a tour with the legendary folk fiddler, Dave Swarbrick, in the Spring of 2014, after which they released their first album “A Curious Tale”.
In 2015 Said the Maiden were awarded Bristol Folk Festival’s prestigious Isambard Folk Award and, as a result, opened for folk “super-group” The Full English at the 2015 Bristol Folk Festival. More recently the group were voted “best act” on the Introducing Stage” at the Great British Folk Festival
The trio sing traditional songs from around the UK and America, often using three-part acapella harmony, but also using guitar, violin, mandolin, woodwind, accordion and percussion to embellish their sound.
“I like anything these girls do… Their harmonies are extraordinary!” Dave Swarbrick
“A great act. Check them out” Clannad
“I really like the way their voices blend.” Mike Harding