Steve Tilston

singer songwriter & guitarist


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Steve interviewed by the New York Times

The new film Danny Collins, featuring Al Pacino in the title role, loosely inspired by the story of Steve’s “lost” letter from John Lennon, is released in the USA this week. You can read the New York Times feature, including excerpts from Steve’s interview here

Now booking – Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe!

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Writes & Songs Tour – November 2015

Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft.

Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy… and a very special evening of music.

This is something they’ve wanted to do since sharing the stage in the USA a while back so we’re excited to say it’s coming together for next year, jointly booked by Different Strings Music Agency and Oscar Music Agency.

Steve Tilston on Gentle Folk2…

Hear Steve Tilston on Gentle Folk August edition… in fact Steve’s interview takes up pretty much all of the second half, mixed in with a fair few tracks. You can find it here.  It’s up on the web now and it can be heard anytime – even after the month is over, as it stays in the Archive. It was recorded by host Norman Wheatley when Steve was in concert at Warwick Folk Club back in June. It’s well worth a listen.

One-Day Song-writing & Guitar workshop in Bristol

Steve shares a wealth of experience…

You may remember that Steve ran a one-day guitar and song-writing workshop in his hometown of Hebden Bridge back in May. It was a huge success and due to popular demand, he’s decided to run another, this time in his second home, Bristol.

It will be on Saturday 6 September 2014, in the Music Room at the Bristol Folk House, Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG, a venue well known for delivering a wide-ranging adult education programme.
Aimed at developing and experienced guitar players and aspiring songwriters, the workshop will start at 10.00 a.m. and run throughout the day finishing around 6.00 p.m. 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. The day will wind down with a relaxed open-mic-style-session, to give everyone an opportunity (not compulsory!) to showcase their talents.
After the workshop, there will be an option to share an evening meal together somewhere nearby (details TBC).
The price is just £150 for the day – to reserve a place/further enquiries email Steve or contact him via the form on his website
A deposit of £50 (non returnable) will be required email for details.
Steve’s looking forward to seeing you in Bristol!
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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