Warm welcome awaits for ‘songsmith’ Steve

Steve Tilston plays Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, September 26.
Steve Tilston plays Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, September 26.

Steve Tilston is one of the UK’s most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music - and he will soon be making his way to Rothesay for a gig at Craigmore Bowling Club.

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic ‘An Acoustic Confusion’, and has been turning out quality albums ever since.

‘Life by Misadventure’, ‘And So It Goes’, ‘Solo Rubato’ and ‘Such and Such’ all feature first-class songwriting, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country’s finest writers.

Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings.

He joined an illustrious band of guitarists including Martin Simpson, Michael Messer and Wizz Jones, when he was invited to contribute to the Guitar Maestro series of DVDs; a combination of live studio performance and interviews, revealing the real passion behind these talented musician.

If anyone ever deserved the moniker Guitar Maestro, it’s Steve Tilston!

He’s toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, in a stunning partnership with traditional singer Maggie Boyle (producing the classic recordings ‘Of Moor and Mesa’ and ‘All Under the Sun’), as guitarist with Ballet Rambert, with Maartin Allcock and Pete Zorn in WAZ! with Brooks Williams in ‘A Transatlantic Song-Swap’ and with his daughter Martha, in the charming “like father, like daughter…” show.

For recent collaborations he teamed up with Yorkshire alt-country band The Durbervilles and old Bristol pals Keith Warmington and Stuart Gordon as the Steve Tilston Trio. His latest project is Writes and Songs with fellow songwriter Jez Lowe.

A celebrated artist in Britain and abroad, winning accolades in Europe, Australia and the USA, others have also recorded his songs. ‘Here’s to Tom Paine’ is the adopted theme song for the Tom Paine Society of America and, it’s rumoured, has featured in Bruce Springsteen’s live set.

* Steve will be performing at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, September 26. Tickets {£10) are available from Macqueen’s of Rothesay and from Musicker, and it is advised you get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.