The West Kirby Arts Centre are delighted to host the return of Steve Tilston, one of the UK’s most celebrated songsmiths. Widely recognised as one of the UK’s true singer songwriters, Steve was born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands. He made his recording debut in 1971 and has been turning out quality albums ever since, all featuring first-class song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for tradition and includes new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings. He is also a published author.
Well known afficionado of original music, presenter “Whispering” Bob Harris said of Steve Tilston’s music:-
“The more you listen, the more there is to discover.”
Steve was awarded Male Vocalist of the Year 2015 in the Fatea Awards. Testament if needed, that after 45 years in the business Steve can still deliver the goods. His most recent solo CD Truth to Tell was chosen as one of The Telegraph’s best folk albums of 2015. In 2017, he visited West Kirby Arts Centre with fellow songwriter Jez Lowe, and delivered a great set to a packed audience. This year he will be accompanied by the multi-talented musician Hugh Bradley and the support act will be local musician, Iain Patterson
In 2007, a 5 CD boxed-set was released Reaching Back: the Life and Music of Steve Tilston by Free Reed, the company behind the Richard Thompson anthology. In 2009, his early career was hi-lighted in a book Bristol Folk, the story of Bristol’s powerhouse folk & blues scene in the 60s & 70s. His 2011 release The Reckoning garnered 4-star reviews in the Guardian, the Observer and the Scotsman, a guest appearance on Later with Jools Holland and the BBC Four Songwriters’ Circle series, plus a Folk Award win for best original song. Followed, in 2013 by the highly acclaimed trio album Happenstance. Steve was also commissioned to write for the Olympics Radio Ballads series and the Harbour of Songs project.
Steve will be releasing a new album in the summer. Distant Days is a pared back voice and guitar recording, something Steve has been wanting to do for some time. Around 19 tracks – solo acoustic recollections - chosen largely by public selection via social media etc. including a previously unreleased instrumental Shinjuku inspired by Bert Jansch. Many of these songs will be included in in his concert set at West Kirby.
Tonight, I'm doing a half hour support slot at Northwich Folk Club (Harlequin Theatre CW9 5JN). Always glad to meet forum members.
Tomorrow, I'm playing my song All At Sea at the Showcase Final of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge. challenge.liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/ In addition to the judges decision, the audience can vote for their favourite provided they've installed the Mentimeter app on their phone.
Next Thursday night, January 31st, we're having a singers' night/party at The Last Thursday Live Club to make up for having to miss the December club due to its proximity to Christmas. Bring your own grog, 8 'til late, earlies get the sofas. Here's the 2019 programme;
ocarolan: I've never seen tartan skipping either...
Sept 22, 2019 13:19:07 GMT
martinrowe: Need some new glasses?
Sept 22, 2019 15:12:58 GMT
Akquarius: what's a skip?
Sept 22, 2019 19:33:03 GMT
Wild Violet: A skip is another word for a dumpster - a very large metal bin that are often behind businesses and can be raided for food or to find things to sell. Or so I hear...
Sept 23, 2019 7:36:20 GMT
walkingdecay: Good thinking about the two for one, Martin. I'd have the second one made up into a suit. I'd look slightly less awful than usual in a tartan suit, I reckon.
Sept 23, 2019 11:11:07 GMT
ocarolan: ...and, you would be hard to spot when standing by piles of shortbread tins, Pete.
Sept 23, 2019 11:18:18 GMT
martinrowe: Skips are hard to get rid of though - if you ever think of de-cluttering
Sept 23, 2019 13:01:12 GMT
walkingdecay: Have a great meet-up folks.
Sept 24, 2019 16:12:20 GMT
Akquarius: thanks Pete :-) too bad you can't be there!
Sept 24, 2019 18:51:16 GMT
Onechordtrick: All quiet from Halifax. Should somebody check that they’re OK?
Sept 29, 2019 8:59:59 GMT
ocarolan: Most folk left now - just stragglers remain. Forum should get more news, pics, vids over the next few days/weeks. Was fab w/e, of course with friends old and new, lots of music, laughter, booze etc. A worthy 10th.
Sept 29, 2019 12:30:08 GMT
stevie2sticks: Congratulations. My youngest, 2 and a bit has just done "twinkle twinkle little star" on his Kazoo working on "a train" on harmonica, I've ear marked him a guitar. I started training him Klingon but grandma intervened.
Sept 29, 2019 16:49:24 GMT
Akquarius: To all of you who did not attend Halifax this year. You definitely missed a big thing!
Oct 1, 2019 19:15:18 GMT
martinrowe: Perfect Pitch: Lobbing a banjo into a skip and completely covering the accordion.
Oct 12, 2019 7:58:34 GMT
ocarolan: Q: If you drop simultaneously a banjo and an accordion from an aeroplane, which instrument will hit the ground first? A: Who cares?!
Oct 14, 2019 17:44:48 GMT