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Steve tilston

Fri 30th Aug 19 08:00 edit

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, fourteen as a solo artist, and many more collaborations. In the early 1980s, he ran a folk club with Bert Jansch in New Kings Road, London, and in 1988 he was a member of John Renbourn's group Ship of Fools, which released one eponymous album on Tilston's own label.

In August 2010, it was reported that John Lennon had penned a letter of support to Tilston in 1971, though it was never delivered. Lennon had been inspired to write to the then 21-year-old folk singer after having read an interview in ZigZag magazine in which Tilston admitted he feared wealth and fame might negatively affect his songwriting. Tilston did not become aware of the letter’s existence until a collector contacted him in 2005 to verify its authenticity. This letter was the inspiration behind the 2015 film Danny Collins, featuring Al Pacino in the title role.

In 2015 Steve Tilston was Fatea Awards Male Vocalist of the Year, proof if needed, that after more than 45 years in the business Steve can still deliver the goods; Truth to Tell was also one of The Telegraph’s best folk albums of 2015.

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

The writer of such classic songs as Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and the award-winning The Reckoning, he is also a published author. Steve’s first novel All for Poor Jack is an historical tale set in Bristol and the New World, full of colourful characters. It’s a mighty good read and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan no less!

This is Steve Tilston's first visit to Penarth since the days of Penarth Folk/Blues Club in the early 1990's when it was based in the Labour Club. Those of you who saw him there will not have forgotten - don't miss this chance to catch one of the top UK acoustic acts!

Doors open at 19:30 upstairs at Penarth Conservative Club. Tickets are available from Pencerdd Music or Griffin Books, or online via the club’s website at www.penarthacoustic.club, where full details of all events can be obtained.

Penarth Acoustic Club

Penarth Conservative Club
15 Stanwell Rd
CF64 2EZ


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