TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL
STEVE TILSTON Plus Nick Dow and Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham
Date and time: Thursday 5th October 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. (Doors open at 7.00)
Widely recognised as one of the contemporary folk scene’s most celebrated songsmiths, his words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. BBC Radio Two’s Bob Harris summed it up “The more you listen, the more there is to discover.”
Steve’s other claim to fame is that the story of his “lost” letter from John Lennon inspired the Hollywood movie “Danny Collins” starring Al Pacino in the title role. Steve was born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands.
He made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic “An Acoustic Confusion” and has been turning out quality albums ever since. Steve’s writing is diverse and his best known songs include “The Slipjigs and Reels”,” Here’s to Tom Paine”, “The Naked Highwayman” and the award winning “The Reckoning” and 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 is a good read and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan!
As well as his solo work Steve has toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, in a stunning partnership with traditional singer Maggie Boyle, as guitarist with Ballet Rambert, with Martin 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. More recently he teamed up with Yorkshire alt-country band The Durbervilles and old Bristol pals Keith Warmington and Stuart Gordon as the Steve Tilston Trio who performed at Revelation Ashford.
His latest project “Writes and Songs” is a partnership with fellow songwriter Jez Lowe who has guested at Tenterden several times over the last 25 years.
Supporting Steve Tilston at the Thursday evening concert in the Town Hall will be festival favourites Nick Dow plus Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham