Along with Maggie Boyle, his Irish wife, Steve Tilston is one of the most compelling artists in this genre of music. His songwriting, singing, and guitar work are all excellent, and her singing of traditional songs and her instrumental work are likewise impressive.
(Ian A. Anderson ,Village Thing Records).
~~~~~~~~The Early years ~~~~~~~~~
Steve Tilston was born in Liverpool and raised in Leicestershire. Tilston was a graphic designer before taking up music in 1971. In the early eighties he ran a folk club with Bert Jansch in New Kings Road, London. 1982's "In For A Penny - In For A Pound" was a rock album, but he soon reverted to quieter music. In 1985 he toured with Ballet Rambert, playing in the on-stage band for 'Sergeant Early's Dream' (and again when the ballet toured England in 2000-2001). It was his skill as a guitarist and mandolin player, not as a dancer, that brought this about. In 1987 he formed his own record label, called "Run River". He was a member of John Renbourn's group "Ship of Fools" (1988), who released one eponymous album on his label. In 1990 he was a session musician on Peter Bellamy's album "Soldiers Three". By the 1990s he performed frequently with Maggie Boyle, his parter (on and off stage) at that time. His 1992 album "Of Moor and Mesa" got very positive reviews in the States. This contained his compositions "Slip Jigs and Reels" and "Naked Highwayman", which were later recorded by Fairport Convention. In 1995 he formed another record label, "Hubris Records". By 1999 he had separated from Maggie Boyle. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)