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;
walkingdecay: The smell of wet dog is not nice. You'd think they would do something about that.
Jun 12, 2019 15:15:18 GMT
walkingdecay: Martin: Limited time free trial of Fallout 76 on a the moment. Having tried it I think it's not bad, certainly not the disaster it was claimed to be during the press feeding frenzy. Apparently the next patch is introducing NPCs too.
Jun 12, 2019 15:19:16 GMT
walkingdecay: Teehee! Wet dog combined with essence of cat. I know someone who wears that fragrance.
Jun 13, 2019 7:52:41 GMT
martinrowe: Rolling Thunder Revue is on Netflix - Lots of live Desire and Blood on the Tracks
Jun 13, 2019 14:52:34 GMT
Martin: Need to watch that! Cheers, Martin
Jun 15, 2019 11:21:03 GMT
Martin: walkingdecay sorry just noticed our Fallout 76 shout out - if there are NPCs and proper quests, I may well invest...
Jun 15, 2019 11:22:24 GMT
walkingdecay: At the moment it's still a Mission Impossible type thing driven by found tapes, but it's completely soloable. I did about five hours without a word to or help from anyone.
Jun 16, 2019 9:24:04 GMT
Onechordtrick: Half way through Rolling Thunder and listening to “a Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall”. Could almost be the prototype for punk.
Jun 19, 2019 20:53:51 GMT
walkingdecay: I'm almost sorry I cancelled Netflix. I'll have to get the Blu ray.
Jun 20, 2019 13:39:32 GMT