Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Steve Tilston ‎- Reaching Back The Life and Music of Steve Tilston [2007] (5 x CD's)



Steve Tilston ‎- Reaching Back The Life and Music of Steve Tilston [2007] (5 x CD's)

Steve Tilston was born in Liverpool and brought up in Leicestershire. A graphic designer before taking up music in 1971, Tilston lived in Bristol where he recorded his first album, An Acoustic Confusion. In the early 1980's, he ran a folk club with Bert Jansch in New Kings Road, London. Tilston recorded a rock album in 1982 called In for a Penny – In for a Pound, but soon reverted to quieter music. In 1985, Tilston played guitar and mandolin with the on-stage band for "Sergeant Early's Dream" while on tour with Ballet Rambert, and again when the ballet toured England in 2000–2001. Tilston formed his own record label, Run River, in 1987, and in 1988 he was a member of John Renbourn's group Ship of Fools, which released one eponymous album on Tilston's label. In 1990, he was a session musician on Peter Bellamy's album Soldiers Three. By the 1990's, Tilston was frequently performing with Maggie Boyle, his on- and off-stage partner. Tilston garnered positive reviews in the United States for his 1992 album, Of Moor and Mesa, which contained two of his compositions, "The Slip Jigs and Reels" and "Naked Highwayman", that were later recorded by Fairport Convention. Tilston formed Hubris Records in 1995. (Wikipedia)

A 5-CD celebration of the music of Steve Tilston featuring classic, rare and previously-unreleased & new recordings from his entire career. This deluxe box-set comprises five full-length themed CD's, over 85 Tracks with previously-unreleased rarities and new recordings from Steve, his friends and musical collaborators. The wealth of Tilston's finest songs in this much-overdue showcase and celebration will delight his many fans, and introduce his fine work to an even wider audience: As respected world music authority Andy Kershaw said of Steve recently: "The songwriters' songwriter.... One of the most consistently outstanding songwriters of his generation".  This is an amazing box set by a superior singer/songwriter. He is a totally different player than his countryman Richrd Thompson. But the acoustic fingerpicking is superb. It is a rarity these days to hear fingerpicking on this type of recording, let alone a recording of this quality. Be enthralled. (Amazon)




Track list


01 Steve Tilston Lifescape with Guitar 3:50

02 Steve Tilston And So It Goes 4:09

03 Steve Tilston Time Has Shown Me Your Face 3:46

04 Steve Tilston Simplicity 3:43

05 Steve Tilston Normandy Day 3:07

06 Steve Tilston All in a Dream 4:16

07 Steve Tilston I'm Reching Out 4:02

08 Steve Tilston Rock Salmon Suite 2:39

09 Steve Tilston Impressions 3:50

10 Steve Tilston Face of a Friend 3:53

11 Steve Tilston Time It Took Us By Surprise 4:02

12 Steve Tilston Show a Little Kindness 4:11

13 Steve Tilston B Movie 5:20

14 Steve Tilston Red Sky 3:59

15 Steve Tilston Tsetse Fly Shuffle 2:52

16 Steve Tilston Some Times in this Life 4:45

17 Steve Tilston Verdant Braes of Screen 4:56

18 Steve Tilston These Sea Dreams 4:09

19 Steve Tilston Life by Misadventure 3:13


01 Steve Tilston Naked Highwayman 4:04

02 Steve Tilston Slips Jigs and Reels 5:27

03 Steve Tilston Here Comes the Night 4:21

04 Steve Tilston Coronada and the Turk 9:23

05 Steve Tilston Enter the Tooth Fairy 3:43

06 Steve Tilston Goodbye to the Snow 5:19

07 Steve Tilston Soon Comes the Rain 3:33

08 Steve Tilston Here's to Tom Paine 4:18

09 Steve Tilston Let Your Banjo Ring 3:57

10 Steve Tilston Man Gone Down (Fred's Song) 3:26

11 Steve Tilston Foolish Me 3:17

12 Steve Tilston Dust From My Heels 3:40

13 Steve Tilston Salty Dog 5:03

14 Steve Tilston Turning of the Tides 4:33

15 Steve Tilston Turncoat, The 11:22


01 Steve Tilston The Dewy Ones 4:11

02 Steve Tilston Blue Heron's Eye 3:37

03 Steve Tilston Living With The Blues 4:58

04 Steve Tilston Anthony Believes 4:38

05 Steve Tilston The Night Owl Homeward Turns 4:07

06 Steve Tilston To Bits And Back 3:57

07 Steve Tilston Old New World 4:21

08 Steve Tilston Mirrordance 6:41

09 Steve Tilston A Rare Thing 4:11

10 Steve Tilston Old Cairo 5:51

11 Steve Tilston Roman Road 5:07

12 Steve Tilston I Need A Cup Of Coffee 4:16

13 Steve Tilston Totterdown 4:58

14 Steve Tilston Willow Creek 3:45

15 Steve Tilston Archipelago 3:29

16 Steve Tilston Over The Next Hill 3:54

17 Steve Tilston Polonaise 5:20


01 Steve Tilston Leaving of Liverpool 5:41

02 Steve Tilston Blue Skies 2:23

03 Steve Tilston Crying Waiting Hoping 2:15

04 Steve Tilston Big Bill's Been Here and Gone 3:04

05 Steve Tilston Trying to Get to You 2:12

06 Steve Tilston Blues Run the Game 3:08

07 Steve Tilston Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 3:48

08 Steve Tilston Summer Girls 4:18

09 Steve Tilston Constant Lovers 4:36

10 Steve Tilston Still and Silent Ocean 5:02

11 Steve Tilston War Horse Town 3:23

12 Steve Tilston A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall 7:11

13 Steve Tilston Dipsticks and Seals 5:24

14 Steve Tilston Rhapsody 23:02


01 Wizz Jones Do What You Please 5:24

02 Ralph McTell & Maart Allcock Is This The Same Boy? 4:07

03 Steve Gillett & Cindy Mageson The Waterhole 3:55

04 Greg Anderson & Sarah Milonovich Goodbye To The Snow 3:34

05 Hamish Stuart Living With The Blues 4:38

06 Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies All In A Dream 4:00

07 Bob Fox Life Is Not Kind To The Drinking Man 4:01

08 Pete Morton & Laura Hockenhull These Days 5:03

09 Chris Smither Can't Shake These Blues 3:48

10 John Kirkpatrick & Chris Parkinson Willow Creek 3:26

11 Fairport Convention Naked Highwayman 4:58

12 Tom McConville Rocky Road 3:06

13 Darryl Purpose Sonnet 3:52

14 Brooks Williams Here Comes The Night 3:09

15 Lunaseeds with Oddur Do What You Please 4:04

16 Martha & Steve Tilston I Really Wanted You 3:58

17 Grace Notes Down Falls The Day 5:38

18 Dolores Keane The Night Owl Homeward Turns 3:41

19 Robin & Bina Williamson The Proud Man 5:07




  1. Thank you very much. I've heard only a couple of tracks
    by this artist, but I look forward to a deeper dive into
    his work -- especially given all that praise for his
    guitar playing!

    1. Hi Crab Devil,
      Once you start listening its hard to stop. From the first cord played on the first track.
      Delightful stuff.