Steve Tilston

singer songwriter & guitarist


Upcoming shows

  • 24/04/14 Dalbeattie at The Birchvale Theatre
  • 24/05/14 Hebden Bridge at Guitar/Song-writing Workshop with Steve Tilston
  • 29/05/14 Belper at Belper Arts Festival

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New! Guitar/songwriting course in Hebden Bridge


STOP PRESS! This course has now changed and will run as a day course on Saturday May 24th and not a weekend course  ( see below)

Wondering how to spend your spring bank holiday weekend? Well we have a great idea for budding guitarists and songwriters out there! 


By popular hebden-picrequest, Steve will be running a guitar and songwriting workshop Saturday May 24th  2014, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

The workshop is aimed at developing and experienced guitar players and aspiring songwriters. It will start at 10 am and run  throughout the day and into the evening. The sessions will be relaxed and informal, but provide opportunities to work on specific aspects of both guitar and songwriting. Steve will share his approach, drawing on his extensive back catalogue and wide ranging musical influences. There will be an option to share an evening meal and the day will wind down with a relaxed open mic session in the evening,  to give everyone an opportunity ( not compulsory!) to share their talents.


Consistent winner of tourism awards as a great place to visit, Hebden Bridge came top of the list again last year as ‘the coolest place to live in the UK’ (The Times March 2013) – for its vibrant arts and creative scene, independent shops and stunning landscape. The course will be held in the newly renovated Hebden Bridge Town Hall, a Grade 2 Victorian listed building on the River Calder, in the centre of town. The first community-owned Town Hall in the UK, the building is now a state of the art centre for community and creative enterprise and an ideal location for getting to places to stay and eat in the town. For those wishing to make a weekend of it, there is a considerable variety of accommodation available, from simple hostel, bed and breakfast, or self catering accommodation, to luxury hotel. There is even a campsite for the more adventurous!


Prices are £125  for the day. To reserve a place, please send a deposit of £50 ( non returnable) by April 30th to Steve Tilston, PO Box 100, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 9AB. If you have any questions at all, email Steve via his website


We  look forward to seeing you in Hebden Bridge.


Watch this space for details of a parallel workshop to be held in Bristol later in the year.





Live Review – Bristol

Steve returned to Bristol a place he used to call home to celebrate the release of the new trio album Happenstance with Keith Warmington & Stuart Gordon – it was a great evening you can read the review here… if you missed it, the trio are appearing just down the road in Bath on Friday 1 November…

Steve Tilston Trio – Songs from the Shed

It was a great honour to have Steve travel down to the shed specially to record this session as his trio with Keith Warmington and Stuart Gordon. Playing songs from their new album “Happenstance” …and it is obvious that the three of them are thoroughly enjoying working together. See the session here


Steve’s Folk on the Moor show this Sunday is now with the Trio!

Steve’s been performing with old pals Keith Warmington (harmonica) and Stuart Gordon (violin) a lot more lately and they’ve also recorded Steve’s next album together… it’s called Happenstance and is due for official release in early September – watch this space…

In the meantime the lucky folks at Folk on the Moor will have the unexpected chance to preview Happenstance with the trio line-up as Steve has invited Keith and Stuart to join him…

As Steve himself puts it, “there’s more than a bit of magic when we get together…it’s a musical equivalent of ‘three men in a boat’ and hopefully we make a bit of a splash!”

Stop waiting for the muse, this is the year to finally write those songs!

A residential course in the beautiful surroundings of Moniack Mhor near Inverness tutored by:

Steve Tilston – 2012 BBC Folk Award Winner of best original song -  Reckoning.  Considered one of the most talented songsmiths in the UK.  

Christine Collister – 19 albums, including Home and Away, and Into the Light. Co-writer with Richard 

Plus guest singer – Astrid Brook, whose albums include Full Circle and Wild River.

Cost: £620 for a shared room, £680 for a single.

Grants available for low income, unemployment, benefit recipients, and anyone who really wants to come but finds the cost a barrier.  Moniack believes in access for all.

To find out more about your chance to learn with the professionals!  click here or tel: 01463 741 675 or email

Win a copy of The Reckoning in association with EFDSS

To celebrate Steve’s upcoming appearance at the home of folk music Cecil Sharp House, in London on Thursday 4 April there’s a chance to win a copy of Steve’s award-winning album The Reckoning to find out how simply follow this link - competition closes on Sunday so you’ll need to hurry! Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines.

To read their short interview with Steve click here

Steve Tilston Trio to appear at Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Weekend in November

HEBDEN BRIDGE FOLK ROOTS is a small venue event, which has grown out of the Trades Club and its experience of being one of the best small venues in the UK over the last 30 years. It seeks to maintain the quality live music of the Trades Club but also expand it to other small venues in the area. Steve has been part of the organizing committee and will be appearing on Friday 9 November with his new trio featuring old pals Keith Warmington (harmonica) and Stuart Gordon (violin) and The Albion Band new line-up. Steve will also be appearing in a Songwriter’s Circle event on Saturday 10 November in the afternon. There are lots of exciting things happening over the weekend so be sure to get you tickets soon – individual event tickets also available. For more information and box office see the website here.