About us

Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years together in Hertfordshire.  After tentatively performing a few songs at their local Redbourn Folk Club, the group soon gained a great deal of interest on the local and national folk circuit, securing major support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country.

The trio has also opened for many great artists including The Full English, The Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Clannad, Cara Dillon, False Lights and Fairport Convention.  They were also honoured to join legendary fiddler the late Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK solo tour in the spring of 2014, and released their debut album 'A Curious Tale' in June of the same year.  The group went on to release their EP, ‘Of Maids And Mariners’ in 2016 which was met with critical acclaim across the folk community.

Said The Maiden was awarded Bristol Folk Festival’s prestigious Isambard Folk Award in 2015 and were also voted ‘Best Act’ by the public at the 2015 Great British Folk Festival’s Introducing Stage, consequently returning in 2016 for an appearance on the festival’s main stage.  2017 has seen further recognition for Said The Maiden including winning the 2017 Folking Awards ‘Rising Star’ prize, and an NMG Award nomination for best Acoustic, Country & Folk act.

2017 has been an exciting and prosperous year for Said The Maiden thus far.  This summer they made their first international appearance at the Jazz and Joy Festival in Worms, Germany, and will also be appearing at Costa del Folk in Portugal later this year.  In the meantime they are gearing up to release their eagerly anticipated second studio album, ‘Here’s A Health’ in November 2017, to coincide with a national headline tour, with dates throughout October and November spanning the length and breadth of the country.

For more information on past and future gigs, please visit our calendar page.

"I like anything these girls do, they mean it! Their harmonies are extraordinary." (Dave Swarbrick) 

"Their combination of distinctive voices lacing intricate harmonies through original and traditional songs is supremely addictive." (Tim Carroll, FolkWords)

"Rising doyennes of the folk scene...I can hear why Said The Maiden have already made themselves a healthy reputation, and I can also sense a strong measure of untapped potential." (David Kidman, FATEA Magazine)

"Said the Maiden (are) a female trio who impress with their warm, faultless harmonies..." (Jonathan Roscoe - Shire Folk Magazine)

"I really like the way their voices blend together...I think it's brilliant." (Mike Harding)

"A great act. Very interesting. Check them out." (Clannad)

"They perform some of the best harmony singing you are likely to hear." (Alan Hewson, Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club)

"They look good. Impressive stage presence." (Blair Dunlop)

"Martin (Carthy) thoroughly enjoyed the set by Said The Maiden.  He listened with a big smile throughout and applauded heartily...'Really lovely', he said." (Al Hewson - Baldock Music Live)

"One of the best support acts we've ever had!" (Strangeworld)

"A promising debut from three talented young performers" (Shelley Rainey on "Come Hither, for Brightyoungfolk.com)