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John Tiller


  1. 1.
    Battle Ready
  2. 2.
    In the Dead of Night
  3. 3.
    Broken Now
  4. 4.
    The Tinman
  5. 5.
    No One Knows I'm Gone
John Tiller takes influence from Manchester’s rich and diverse musical heritage, incorporating the working class spirit of his hometown, though not without strong influences across the pond.
He looks to his songwriting heroes Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell for their profound ability to pen thought-provoking lyrics and to give equal importance to both story and song.
In July 2019 Tiller released a cover of the Tom Waits track ‘No One Knows I’m Gone’. His interpretation of the song prompted commentators to make comparisons to the iconic troubadours of the 60’s & 70’s golden age. Most notably Bruce Springsteen and of course Waits himself. For fans of heartfelt balladry and raw, honest performance the connection is an easy one to make.
November 2019 saw the release of The Battle Ready EP. Four tracks that delicately unravel intimate tales of the romantics, the nomads, the fighters and poets. The narrator often ambiguous, unreliable. Tiller plays with timelines, narrative form and structure. What emerges is a startlingly original collection of songs, leaning heavily on allegory and metaphor. This music will find a home with anyone thoughtful, anyone who has experienced anxiety or weighty, life changing events. It is for those seeking shelter from the short term, quick fix nature of modern life. At times political, at times personal and heartbreaking. Depending on the listener's perspective, these songs will feel poignantly out of time, or perhaps even timeless.


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