Introducing Marika Hackman

New folk artist Marika Hackman is due to release her double A-side single on September 3 through Transgressive Records’ imprint ParadYse. The single will be available as a digital download and on limited 7″.

With breathtaking lyrics and melodic peaceful vocals, she has already been claimed by Zane Lowe as his ‘next hype’ and has tours in place with Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Marika Hackman is the folk scene’s next big thing.

Marika Hackman

New folk artist Marika Hackman

The double A-side will consist of You Come Down and Mountain Spines. You Come Down is the epitome of folk music. With many references to nature, Marika captures the true essence of what folk music is about. Her angelic vocals mixed with the dramatic music makes the perfect combination and has a strong reminiscent tone. You will feel like you’re in a fairy land when you’ve listened to it. There is nothing to fault.

Mountain Spines is different in every respect to You Come Down which is refreshing. With less dramatic music and more harmonies and distinct levels to it, Mountain Spines will make you shiver as her angelic yet effortless voice runs through your ears. Both these songs show Marika’s potential as a successful yet under-appreciated folk artist. Under-appreciated in a good way. She will remain that small secret which is what makes her so great. This isn’t for the mainstream music industry.

Lyrically, Marika Hackman is complicated. Her lyrics will have you bemusing for hours just trying to figure out the story to the song. She doesn’t make anything easy for the listener which is what makes her so intriguing and deep. This is true folk music, something which is hard to come by now.

Listen to You Come Down and Mountain Spines.

Marika Hackman will be playing a launch show on Tuesday September 4 at London Servant Jazz Quarters. The tour dates where Marika will be supporting Benjamin Francis Leftwich are below:


1st: BRIGHTON, Concorde 2

2nd: BOURNEMOUTH, Old Fire Station

3rd: EXETER, The Phoenix

4th: FALMOUTH, Princess Pavillion

5th: SWANSEA, Sin City

6th: BRISTOL, O2 Academy

8th: OXFORD, Town Hall

9th: NEWCASTLE, Northumbria University

10th: EDINBURGH, Pleasance Theatre

11th: ABERDEEN, Lemon Tree

12th: INVERNESS, Ironworks

13th: GLASGOW, Oran Mor

15th: LEEDS, City Varieties

16th: SHEFFIELD, Plug

17th: BIRMINGHAM, Irish Centre

18th: CAMBRIDGE, Junction

19th: NORWICH, Waterfront

20th: NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms

22nd: CARLISLE, Brickyard

23rd: LIVERPOOL, University (Stanley Theatre)



26th: STOKE, Sugarmill

27th: YORK, Duchess

29th: WREXHAM, Central Station

31st: GALWAY, Roisin Dubh (upstairs)


1st: CORK, Cyprus Avenue

2nd: BELFAST, Oh Yeah Music Centre/Limelight (two venues)

3rd: DUBLIN, Whelan’s


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