Martha was raised on a diet of The Eagles, The Traveling Wilburys, Bruce Springsteen and folk heroes, The Dubliners. These were – and still are - staples of the Healy family vinyl collection.
At the same time, in her native Scotland, she was listening to female artists like Sheryl Crow, Carol King, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline and picked up the guitar to start writing her own songs.
Her new album, “Keep the Flame Alight” was written mostly in Nashville in the Autumn/Winter of 2016 and she returned there to record in Oct 2017, with David Spicher in the producer’s chair. The album was released on 5th October 2018 at Glasgow Americana Festival and followed up with a tour of Scotland and England. It entered the ITunes Country charts at no. 11 and has received praise for its lyrical and melodic content.
It features a host of Music City’s best players, including Todd Lombardo on guitars and mandolin (Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour/Lady Antebellum/Taylor Swift), Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle/strings (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris), Bill Cooley (Kathy Mattea/Reba McEntire/Merle Haggard) on guitar, Chas Williams (Nanci Griffiths, Crystal Gale) and Nashville songwriter, Wendy Newcomer, on harmonies.
Martha is a constant live performer and has played the BlueBird Cafe, Nashville Palace, Douglas Corner on her regular state-side trips. Back home in Scotland, she often performs as a duo with fellow Scottish Americana singer-songwriter, Al Shields. Recent live festival performances have included C2C (Glasgow & London), Glasgow Americana Festival, Eden Festival (Scottish Borders), Southern Fried Festival (Perth), HebCelt (Isle of Lewis), Red Rooster (Suffolk), Arisaig Americana (Scottish Highlands).
In 2019, Martha has also played at Celtic Connections in her hometown of Glasgow, supporting Jill Jackson, and she showcased officially at AMA UK’s AmericanaFest in Hackney. She played Red Rooster Festival through AMA UK in May and Arisaig Americana, too. She recently returned from playing a tour of Northern Ireland which included Bluegrass Omagh Festival.
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What the press have said about Keep The Flame Alight:-
“like a classic Nanci Griffith album with songs by Gretchen Peters...” - Duncan Warwick, Country Music People
"A fine album" - Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster
“…a Scottish artist who really impresses. No Place Like Home and Fall In Love Again, have you hooked from the outset.” – Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway
"With real emotions, real people and real stories coming through in spades via Martha L. Healy’s emotive vocals, you’ll find it difficult to find a better album from these shores in 2018."– Nick Cantwell, Belles and Gals
“Healy isn’t afraid to reflect on the plight of the modern woman. She is upfront and honest about her feelings……a sizzling string section and accordion shadow Healy’s warm vocal.Gorgeous.” - Muff Fitzgerald, R’N’R Magazine
"the perfect soundtrack to whisky-tinged evenings in front of glowing fires." – Highway Queens
'On Keep The Flame Alight, Healy has delivered a mature and immersive set of songs superbly played...' – Blabber ‘n’ Smoke
“One of the finest Americana albums out of the UK this year, Healy doesn’t just keep the flame alight, she ensures it blazes.”– Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK
"There's a sense of real, honest soul-searching in each of these tracks....Healy has a strong, clear, powerful yet sensuous voice."– Folk and Tumble
'impeccable songwriting'– Americana Round-Up, Country Music People
'really strong song writing....she's up there with Lori McKenna'- Marie Crichton, BBC Radio Shropshire
'(a) very, very strong song.... beautifully sung' -Frank Hennessy, BBCRadio Wales
'This is a fine album of well written, beautifully performed country songs, sung with great emotion and with a perfect musical backing. It is Nashville with a Celtic tinge and it cements Martha L. Healy’s place as one of the best young singer/songwriters around at the moment.'Blues and Roots Radio
"...there certainly are Lori McKenna vibes....it's beautiful from start to finish.."– Russell Hill’s Country Music Show
'...a continuous stream of beautiful hand crafted songs straight from the heart...'– Robsrawmusic
"Country with Celtic musical elements. Healy is gifted with a very personal voice, sometimes reminiscent of Gretchen Peters. The question is not whether but rather when Martha L Healy will be picked up by a major company. "Keep the Flame Alight" is an experience." Lars Svensson, Rootsy Sweden