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. 

Further recognition in 2017 for Said The Maiden included winning the Folking Awards ‘Rising Star’ prize, and an NMG Award nomination for best Acoustic, Country & Folk act.  The trio also made their first international appearances, at the 60th Jazz & Joy Festival in Worms, Germany and at Costa del Folk in Portugal.

Autumn 2017 saw the release of Said The Maiden’s eagerly anticipated second studio album, Here’s A Health, coinciding with a national headline tour.  The new album has been met with great critical acclaim across the folk, roots and acoustic music community, receiving fantastic reviews and national BBC radio airplay.  Said The Maiden are now looking forward to another busy year of live appearances ahead as they continue to tour their latest album across 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)