Steve Tilston with Hugh Bradley: Great British songwriter + Linda Moylan

Date/Time Sun 22 May 2022 7:45 PM

Price Online - £12 + £1.20 fee; On The Door - £15


Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

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 song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country’s finest writers. The instrumental Swans at Coole is testament to his guitar virtuosity. 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. Of Many Hands was his first “all-traditional” album; with unique arrangements of timeless classics.

Steve’s 2015 album, Truth to Tell earned him the FATEA Male vocalist of the year award. Since then he’s released Distant Days – new solo recordings of old songs and in early 2021 Such Times  showed that the ‘new stuff’ is just as good as the ‘old stuff’!

Tonight, Steve is accompanied by bassist Hugh Bradley. Hugh has been a working musician the majority of his life. Involved in traditional music for over 35 years, Mr Bradley has collaborated and toured with notable artists such as The Whisky Priests, Jez Lowe and The Broonzies. His talents, of which there are many, have taken him all over the world and more recently have been acknowledged by the BBC Folk Awards after his collaboration with Steve Tilston. Hugh also plays mandolin, whistle and is an awesome harmony singer!

The first video is at the Chapel Art Centre Bath 3rd April 2016; the second from Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis on 24th September 2016

Support tonight comes from Linda Moylan

Linda Moylan is a natural singer, songwriter and storyteller, her music explores a wide array of themes from forgotten fateful stories and uncelebrated heroines of the past to her own personal and family experiences.

Her latest album ‘The Merchant’ – produced by and featuring the musicianship of Show Of Hands’ Phil Beer – was described by At The Barrier as ‘a work of great beauty’.

“One of the finest album projects I’ve ever been privileged to be involved with.” — Phil Beer, album producer / Show Of Hands

“‘The Merchant’ is a remarkable coming of age…you should make an investment.” — Mike Davies, Fatea