Steve Tilston | Ropetackle Arts Centre

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Folk, Music,

Steve Tilston

Thursday 1st November 2018 - Starts 8pm

TICKET PRICE: £15 general, £13 Friends


“The more you listen, the more there is to discover.” Bob Harris

The writer of such classics as The Slipjigs and Reels, Here’s to Tom Paine and the award-winning The Reckoning, Steve Tilston continues to surprise with his song-writing prowess. His latest solo album Truth to Tell has been widely-acclaimed by the media and fans alike and he’s just released The Janus Game, an album of co-writes with Jez Lowe. Steve took a turn in the spotlight, walking the red carpet, when the story of his “lost” letter from John Lennon inspired the Hollywood movie Danny Collins.

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve Tilston is one of the UK’s most celebrated song-smiths, in a career now amazingly spanning 45 years and counting. Steve has become widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle, but quite superb, guitar playing really could not be anyone else.

Steve made his recording debut in the early seventies 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 and are quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country’s finest writers. Meanwhile, Swans at Cool, an instrumental recording, is testament to his guitar virtuosity. He’s also released a “best of” anthology The Greening Wind and a live album Live Hemistry. His 2005 release Of Many Hands is his first all-traditional album. In 2006 he joined an illustrious band of guitarists (Martin Carthy, Wizz Jones etc.) recorded on DVD in the Guitar Maestro series and the following year was given the boxed-set treatment! Produced by Free Reed Records, the company behind the Richard Thompson anthology, Reaching Back: the Life and Music of Steve Tilston is a timely celebration of an illustrious career.

…as seen on Later with Jools Holland & BBC Four Songwriters’ Circle

…BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner – Best Original Song

…inspiration for Hollywood movie Danny Collins starring Al Pacino

Truth to Tell one of The Telegraph’s Best Folk Albums of 2015

…Fatea Awards Male Vocalist of the Year 2015


Ropetackle Cafe Suppers Shoreham

We're serving delicious food before this event from 6pm! Mains cost £8, desserts £3.50, or the two-course meal for £10.00. Advance booking necessary, to do so simply email Click on the icon to see what's on the menu.

Main: beef stroganoff, rice and veg or gnocchi w/mushroom & spinach sauce w/salad

Dessert: sherry trifle