singer songwriter & guitarist

The Janus Game

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Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

Release date: 24 November 2016 – Tantobie Records TTRCD 115

 

Produced and engineered by David Crickmore 

Photography by Karl Andre
Mastering by David de la Haye

1 The Janus Game 3:16 
 

Janus, the two faced god of Roman mythology. A song about looking to the past and the future, to truth and deception.
Jez: harmonica, bouzouki, vocal. Steve: guitars, vocal.
David Crickmore: bass, percussion. Mark Boyce: drums.

 
2 Lucky Sami  
 

For the many child refugees (particularly those separated from parents) waiting in Europe for a sign of hope for the future.
Steve: guitar, arpeggione (bowed guitar ), vocal. Jez: dulcimer, accordion.
Hugh Bradley: double bass. David Crickmore: fender rhodes.

 
3 The Wagga Moon 4:40
 

When the furnaces of the steel works lit up the night sky over the town of Hartlepool, the local people gave it this name, the meaning of which has faded along with the industry itself.
Jez: mandolin, vocal. Steve: guitar, vocal. Hugh Bradley: double bass.
Kate Bramley: fiddle. David Crickmore: percussion.

 
4 Leaving For Spain 4:02
 

A young woman’s escape from a Northern England cotton town to the delights of the Costa del Sol, looking for a new beginning.
Steve: vocal, guitar. Jez: mandolin, vocal, accordion. Kate Bramley: ddle.
Hugh Bradley: double bass. David Crickmore: percussion.

 
5 Crosses, Crescents and Stars 4:05
 

Originally from the same source, each of these religious symbols cast a long shadow. We have good friends to whom one or other of them is of great importance.
Jez: vocal, bouzouki. Steve: guitar, vocal. Hugh Bradley: double bass.
Mark Boyce: drums.

 
6 The Strings That Wizz Once Strummed 3:14
 

A fond salute to Mr Wizz Jones. An influence and a guiding light to so many of us. In the past he has recorded songs written by both of us.
Steve: vocal, guitar. Jez: mandolin, harmonica, vocal.
Hugh Bradley: double bass. Mark Boyce: drums.

 
7 Shiney Row 3:33
 

Two old people look back on their lives, spent in a small town in North East England. Jez: vocal, bouzouki, accordion. Steve: guitar, vocal. Hugh Bradley: double bass.

 
8 Tattered and Torn 4:25
 

No more the “Bonny Bunch of Roses”.
Steve: vocal, guitar. Jez: dulcimer, vocal, harmonium.

 
9 Mrs Einstein 3:26
 

Credit where credit’s due.
Jez: vocal, mandolin. Steve: vocal, guitar.

 
10 On Beacon Hill 5:00
 

History has left many of these hill-top beacons the length and breadth of Britain.
This song is about two of them, one in the East Midlands and one in County Durham. 
Steve: vocal, guitar, 10 string guitar. Jez: bouzouki. Hugh Bradley: double bass.

 
11 Goodbye Johnny D’s / Hey Frankie 4:02
 

This collaboration began in Massachusetts, around five years ago when we both happened to be sharing a bill at the great (sadly now closed) music club Johnny D’s. We were also staying at the same house (Frankie’s), where we worked on a bunch of songs to play together. The people and the music scene of New England hold a special place in our hearts and this is a musical thanks to some of them.
Jez: vocal, mandolin. Steve: vocal, guitar, 10 string guitar, slide guitar.
Kate Bramley: fiddle. Hugh Bradley: double bass. David Crickmore: percussion.

 

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