Steve constantly seeks influences

Guitar man: Steve Tilston
Guitar man: Steve Tilston
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AFTER 40 years of making sublime music, Steve Tilston could be forgiven for taking his foot off the accelerator.

But he is doing the opposite.

For he is constantly seeking out new collaborations and new influences.

Over the years he has toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, played in a stunning partnership with traditional singer Maggie Boyle (producing the classic recordings Of Moor and Mesa and All Under the Sun) and performed as guitarist with Ballet Rambert.

At one time he could be tracked down in the band WAZ, playng with Martin Allcock and Pete Zorn, or in the company of American guitar guru Brooks Williams in A Transatlantic Song-Swap.

Current collaborations see him teaming up with Yorkshire alt-country band The Durbervilles and a new trio with Keith Warmington and Stuart Gordon.

Meanwhile, he has continued to prove himself as one of the acoustic music scene’s most formidable solo guitar performer through his live shows and a series of stunning albums.

Indeed he is so highly esteemed by his music peers that Free Reed gave him the Richard Thompson treatment and released a similar anthology to RT’s highly acclaimed release.

Tilston’s is a five CD colmpilation, Reaching Back: the Life and Music of Steve Tilston, whcih features classic, rare, previously unreleased and new recordings.

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Tilston made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic An Acoustic Confusion and has been turning out quality albums ever since, among them the instrumental Swans at Coole, which is testament to his guitar virtuosity.

That virtuosity earned him a place alongside 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.

He is celebrated in Britain and abroad, winning accolades in Europe, Australia and the USA. His songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane, The House Band, Peter Bellamy and Bob Fox and John Wright.

Steve Tilston plays next Friday at the Rock@Maltby, which meets at the Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby. Tomnorrow’s guests are virtuoso fiddle player Tom McConville and guitar player Dave Newey.

GUITAR wizard Gordon Giltrap, who first emerged as one of the biggest names on the London folk scene alongside Bert Jansch and Mike Oldfield, is at the Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield, tonight.

The same venue hosts Sarah Jarosz on Sunday and Lach, next Thursday.

GUESTS at Chesterfield Folk Club on Friday, June 8 are Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, with support from Bob Ballard.

FOR guitar players: Jerry Donahue will be bringing An Evening with... show to the Greystones, Sheffield, on Tuesday, December 4, with chance to ask the Telecaster master questions. Tickets at