Last night we saw Steve Tilston at the Forge, the
small space at the Anvil in Basingstoke.
Steve has been around for a long time now, a stablemate of Bert Jansch and Ralph McTell, he has written for a multitude of people, including Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane and the Ballet Rambert and has performed with a similarly wide array of musicians including, Maartin Alcock, Andy Sheppard and Maggie Boyle. He writes his own songs, some pretty well known, Slip Jigs and Reels and Here's to Tom Paine for instance and adapts various styles into an Englishy sort of blues/folk music.
He had only just returned from a tour in the States which might explain why his normal laid back style was even more understated than his albums might suggest but it was a lovely gig, perfect for 'just chillin'. He kept his introductions to a minimum, except for when he wanted to make a point, but interacted well with the audience, inviting requests and playing what was requested despite not always being sure of the words. A comfortable guitar style with occasional passages of dexterity and a fine voice for the genre. It is obvious why he is held in great respect by his fellow musicians with carefully crafted song followed carefully crafted song about love, life, death and taxes. He played his own songs, songs from America and songs from Britain and the evening floated along until he closed when suddenly we realised two hours had passed. I can think of no other adjective; a lovely gig. We will go to see him again.