Milton Hide's First Album

by Milton Hide in Wilmington, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st February 2020 we successfully raised £1,719 with 59 supporters in 42 days

Our aim is to record and distribute our very first full album of our original songs, also featuring talented guests. Launching 18 July 2020.

by Milton Hide in Wilmington, England, United Kingdom

Who is/are Milton Hide and what's so special?? 

Milton Hide is the stage name of Jim and Josie Tipler, a grey and uncool married couple who, for some reason (despite liking to perform in slippers and cardigans), receive rapturous applause from audiences of all ages and comments such as 'That was a surprise', 'I didn't expect that', 'Nice cardigan', 'Wow!' and 'When is your album going to be available?'. You can read some testimonials below (not written by our Mums, honest!)

We started performing in 2017 and decided from the start that we wanted to perform only original material. Jim is a prolific songwriter, Josie helps with some lyrics now and then, and together we work out arrangements and harmonies which sometimes make the audience cry - usually in a good way. We perform all over the UK and have shared the stage with legends of the folk world including Martin Carthy, Steve Tilston and Jim Moray. 


In 2018, we released an ep , Little Fish, to critical acclaim and have a catalogue bulging with unrecorded songs which we NEED to release into the world. Soon (we're not getting any younger!). We absolutely love playing live and the best way to get more gigs is to have reviews of albums.

You can listen to some of our tracks on our website and watch more videos - here's one we're particularly proud of. This song was written as a wedding present for some friends (because we are cheap) and we filmed the video on the way back from a gig - we were tired and a little grubby and forgot to take the hair and makeup team with us, but who cares? It's the music that counts.

Where is the money going?

Through performing and going to music events, we have met some wonderful and talented musicians and we really want to invite some of them to be part of our album. Our target includes some funds so we aren't asking them to help us out for nothing (again). [contd.]

One of the fantastic people we have met is John Fowler (of the amazing band, Dandelion Charm). Known as Nice time John, he completely lives up to his name and we worked with him in his studio once before to produce the charity single, Say It All The Time. He is lined up to record and produce the 11 (maybe 12) tracks for the album.

We will be commissioning the talented artist Helen Bryant to create the artwork for the album.

The album will then need mastering, copying, printing and packaging (in an eco friendly way). We then need to distribute and market the album, including having a special launch event in the newly opened Grove Theatre in Eastbourne.

What do you get out of this?

Well, as well as a warm and fuzzy feeling at helping to fund the production of something amazing, you can get a copy of the album once it's recorded! We've got loads of ideas of rewards for you including personalised CDs, original prints (Josie is also an artist), House Concerts, videos, personalised songs and lots more. There's something for everyone from stalker-type fans to long-suffering family members.

We really hope you can help us achieve our target,


The Album! - choose from a Digital Download, CD hardcopy, Signed CD, CD with limited edition hand printed sleeve

Album Launch - Regular Ticket, VIP Ticket

Merchandise (see below) - 'The Nest' pack of greetings cards , T Shirt, Digital poster artwork, Signed original lino cut print of 'The Nest'

Music - Garden Party concert at Pickhams in Wilmington, House concert, Personalised Milton Hide song

Birdsong Tour of Milton Hide (the place) in Arlington


"Milton Hide's honesty of songwriting, subtlety of musicianship and natural on-stage chemistry sees them never fail to connect with and impress an audience.'" Trevor Moss. The Lantern Society

"Male/female duo, authentically delivering trad tunes with a very modern twist. Excellent original songwriting that you'd expect from such a seasoned, creative and talented team. Definitely not to be missed" Chris Giles, Folk Is Not A Dirty Word And Neither Is Country

"Milton Hide are a fantastic folk duo with outstanding original songs to keep you entertained. They appeared on my radio show for a live session and were an absolute pleasure to have on. Highly recommend." Stuart Clack-Lewis. the Premium Blend Radio Show

"Milton Hide are an immensely talented folk duo who write and perform alluring songs embracing their perspective of the world past and present." Dylan Hibbert. The Alternative Slot, Hailsham FM

“Charming music, beautifully performed, lovely people.” Mrs Yarrington’s Music Club

"Right at the start of our first listen to Milton Hide's live show we could see that they are both skilled musicians and together they create a beautiful folk-infused sound. Clearly they are both charming people and this really shows through on the stage. We left the show feeling uplifted" Rob and Sarah of the Red Dirt Skinners c/o Sidegoat records

"Shared a bill in Brighton with Milton Hide and look forward to the day when we might share a stage." Andy Melrose. Singer/songwriter

“Josie and Jim’s warmth, good-humour and generosity of spirit shine through the enchanting melodies and playful lyrics of their music. As artists we have had the great pleasure and privilege of their accompaniment to a number of exhibitions and events we have held over recent years. They are multi-talented, imaginative individuals, with a wonderful chemistry between them and two of the nicest bods anyone could ever wish to meet.” Andy Hill. Artist

Artwork - The Nest / Nightingales and Nest

'The Nest' cards

T Shirt  - The Nest. Order S / M / L / XL / XXL. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£12 or more

12 of 100 claimed

Album - CD hardcopy

Get your hands on the Album!

£8 or more

Album - Digital Download

Download the album in full!

£8 or more

4 of 10 claimed

'The Nest' - pack of greetings cards

Receive a pack of 5 greetings cards featuring the image of Josie's lino cut print of "The Nest', with envelopes (A6 size)

£10 or more

Digital poster artwork

We'll supply you with digital artwork of one of our Milton Hide posters (PDF print ready format) for you to give to your favourite poster printer. Suitable to produce a print up to A1 size.

£10 or more

7 of 30 claimed

Garden Party Concert at Pickhams

Join us in the beautiful gardens of Pickhams in Wilmington, East Sussex, for a Milton Hide concert with a support. Bring a picnic and your own drinks. Saturday 22nd August 2020, 2pm.

£12 or more

6 of 30 claimed

Album Launch Ticket

A ticket to the Album Launch event at the Grove Theatre in Eastbourne on Saturday July 18th 2020. An evening of music by Milton Hide with support and a special guest or 2.

£15 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Birdsong Tour of Milton Hide (the place)

Join local bird enthusiast, Charlie Peverett, on a guided 2 hour group walk to Milton Hide in Wilmington Wood (East Sussex, UK). Learn to identify the many sounds of birds including, hopefully, nightingales. Thursday 21st May, 2020. 8pm - 10pm.

£20 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Album - Signed CD

We can sign the CD cover for you - even add a dedication if you want!

£30 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Album - with limited edition hand printed sleeve

When we released "Little Fish", we produced beautiful, hand-printed sleeves using one of Josie's original lino cuts. We plan to do the same with a brand new lino cut for a very limited quantity for this album.

£30 or more

7 of 20 claimed

Launch Event - VIP Ticket

A ticket to the Album Launch event in the Grove Theatre in Eastbourne on Saturday July 18th 2020. An evening of music by Milton Hide with support and a special guest or 2. PLUS a signed copy of the album. Arrive early to meet the band and join us for a drink and some nibbles.

£30 or more

T Shirt!

Be the proud owner of a Milton Hide T shirt featuring 'The Nest' artwork by Josie Tipler

£40 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Signed Lino Cut

An original lino cut print by Josie Tipler of 'The Nest', mounted ready to frame. Each print is unique and printed to order. Approximately A3 size image.

£100 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Personalised Milton Hide Song

We'll personalise the lyrics of a verse of one of our songs and send you a video of us performing it. This can be for you or as a present for a loved one. (Personalised content will be subject to approval!) At least 2 weeks notice will be needed for this reward.

£150 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Milton Hide Appearance at Your Event

We'll join you at your event - birthday party, private dining, celebration, etc - and perform up to a 60 minute concert of our own songs. For venues further than 20 miles from Wilmington, East Sussex we would need to charge extra travel expenses (ask us for details)

£180 or more

0 of 5 claimed

House Concert

We'll come and play in your living room - invite your friends and we'll give you a great evening of entertainment. It'll all be our own original music, so we don't do requests! Sorry. We'll be in touch to arrange a suitable date between January 2020 and December 2021. Venue must be within 20 miles of BN26 for this fee. If you'd like us to travel further, get in touch and we'll discuss travel fees.

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