Distant Days

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Życie Steve’a Tilstona to ciekawa historia, a szczególnie jeden epizod, który był kanwą doskonałego filmu Danny’ego Collinsa, w którym w rolę Tilstona wciela się Al Pacino. Sprawił on, że o nazwisku Steve Tilston stało się głośno na całym świecie. Bo też historia jest niesamowita. Ten angielski folkowy songwriter, w środowisku muzycznym otoczony szacunkiem, mylony często z Nickiem Drake’iem urodził się w Liverpoolu w 1950 roku. Nagrywa i koncertuje od 1071 roku, chętnie zapraszany jest przez innych artystów folkowych jak Dolores Keane, Wizz Jones, Ralph McTell & Coope, Boyes & Simpson. Jego piosenki są w repertuarze Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane, The House Band, Petera Bellamy’ego, Northa Cregga, Boba Foxa, Johna Wrighta.
Na urodzinowym koncercie w rodzinnym Bristolu na 40-lecie wystąpili na jednej scenie Wizz Jones, Keith Warmington, Brooks Williams, Chris Parkinson, Maggie Boyle, Hugh Bradley, and his children Martha, Joe and Molly.

W 2005 roku do rąk Steve’a Tilstona trafił list, nie było by w tym nic szczególnego, gdyby nie nadawca i data jego nadania. List został napisany w 1971 roku, a jego autorem był John Lennon. Napisał list po przeczytaniu wywiadu z Tilstonem dla ZigZag Magazine. Otrzymać list od Johna Lennona po 34 latach od jego napisania to rzadkość, ta historia posłużyła do powstania filmu z Alem Pacino w roli głównej. Zrealizował go w 2015 roku Danny Collins.

Wydana właśnie nakładem Riverboat Records płyta “Distant Days” to autorskie podsumowanie kariery Tilstona. Akustyczne, kameralne wersje jego najciekawszych kompozycji, oszczędny w środkach, ale przytłaczający emocjami. Album, którego mogą mu zazdrościć największe gwiazdy miejskiego folku. Piosenki Tilstona wciągają. Kiedy po nie sięgniesz nie sposób przestać ich słuchać. Jest w nich smutek i zniechęcenie, a jednocześnie tęsknota za miłością i wolnością. To piękna, pełna emocji muzyka, której nie można się oprzeć. Jestem pewny, że nie było by Elliotta Smitha, Bonnie’go Prince Billy, Badly Drawn Boya czy Bena Howarda, gdyby nie piosenki Steve’a Tilstona.
autor: Piotr Szukała
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Editor's info:
Distant Days is a solo acoustic retrospective which sees Steve Tilston reworking some of his most treasured self-penned songs, offering a unique insight into his musical journey since the early 1970s.

'A welcome solo acoustic retrospective of his wide, whole-hearted career' The Guardian
'Highly recommended' fROOTS
'An impressive musical journey' Songlines

Insightful lyrics, ravishing melodies and deft guitar work continue to showcase an artist at the top of his game, each and every song and instrumental standing firm, assured and fully realized in its own right.

In 2015, one particular event in Steve’s life came to the foref ront in the UK and international mass media. An incident in which a letter sent to him by John Lennon back in the early 1970s, and not received until forty years later, was turned into the acclaimed movie Danny Collins with Al Pacino playing the ‘Steve Tilston character’,Steve found himself on the red carpet in London with Pacino.

A truly great songwriter whose timeless songs are rooted in tradition, Distant Days includes brand new recordings of songs from Steve’s incredible back catalogue including ‘The Slip Jigs And Reels’, ‘I Really Wanted You’ and ‘Let Your Banjo Ring’.

01 THE ROAD WHEN I WAS YOUNG - One of my most autobiographical songs and a reflection on people and places that have, in some way, had some bearing on my musical life/journey. Composed in 2006, it appeared on my album Ziggurat, (Hubris Records) 2008.

02 RARE THING - This quasi-riddle song borrows?a lot, in format, from the tradition – the idea being that the answer is implicit in the question posed. Composed in the late 1990s it appeared on Such And Such, (Hubris Records) 2003.

03 TIME HAS SHOWN ME YOUR FACE - A song from my first album An Acoustic Confusion in 1971. The melody has a traditional feel to it. The guitar is tuned DGDGBE. Special thanks to Rhodri Vinney and Chris Fowler for helping me remember where my fingers used to belong.

04 LET YOUR BANJO RING - Originally written as a rhumba, inspired by a black and white photograph of men toiling like ants in an open cast mine somewhere in Brazil. Originally called ‘Let Your Charango Ring,’ it moved musically and geographically north, heading for the Klondike, exchanging charangoes for banjos. Tuning DADGBD. Originally released on All Under The Sun, an album I recorded with Maggie Boyle in 1996.

05 ALL IN A DREAM - An early song from my difficult second album Collection, released in 1972 on Transatlantic Records in the UK and MCA in the US. It was produced by the American musicologist Sam Charters and as the title suggests, the idea was taken from a dream or two and a chemically assisted journey ‘through the looking glass.’

06 I REALLY WANTED YOU - A song from my first album about young love’s confusion. Aptly titled An Acoustic Confusion, the album was released in 1971 on the Village Thing label, produced by Ian Anderson. It made a few ripples. Rod Stewart ordered a box full as gifts and it was rumoured he was interested in covering this song. However, he didn’t. Cancel the yacht!

07 IS THIS THE SAME BOY? - Bumping into a friend’s teenage son, who was plainly struggling with mental health issues, and remembering him as a young child who always seemed to be smiling. Originally released in 1995 on And So It Goes, (Flying Fish Records).

08 SHINJUKU - A previously unreleased guitar piece that has had a long gestation period. In 1990 Bert Jansch, Maggie Boyle and I flew to Tokyo for two shows in a basement location in an area called Shinjuku. Dedicated to Bert whose inspiration lingers in the strings and frets.

09 IT’S NOT MY PLACE TO FAIL - Another song from An Acoustic Confusion. Written late one night in guitarist Dave Evans’ Bristol flat a couple of days before it was recorded.

10 PRETTY PENNY - Another song from Ziggurat, written in 2007, a year before the financial crash. No points for prescience and, it would seem, no penalties for corruption. Tuning DADGBD.

11 CASTAWAY - Robinson Crusoe is one of my favourite books. It was reputedly inspired by a meeting between the author Daniel Defoe and real- life castaway Andrew Selkirk in a Bristol pub. As a child I relished the dreams of survival on a desert island. Tuning DADGBD. Originally from Of Moor And Mesa, (Run River Records and Green Linnet US) 1992.

12 SOUTHERNHAY AVENUE - This first of a couple of short and previously unreleased instrumental interludes was written in the mid-1970s. It takes its name from the avenue in Bristol where I used to live. Tuning DADGAD.

13 HERE COMES THE NIGHT - The block chords of the chorus in this song of yearning were originally found on the piano and I still think of that instrument whenever I play it. It was written in Bristol around 1985. From Life By Misadventure (Run River Records).

14 GOODBYE TO THE SNOW - Snow can fall late?in the Pennines and outstay its welcome, but spring always forces its way through to triumph in the end. Originally from And So It Goes, 1995 (Run River Records & Flying Fish Records). This version is played on a 10 string guitar tuned to DGDAD.

15 LIFE IS NOT KIND TO THE DRINKING MAN - This is not meant as a preachy song and I make no bones about enjoying a tipple or two, but I know a number of good people whose lives have unravelled and ended due to alcoholism. Originally from Solorubato, (Fellside Records) 1998.

16 SLOW AIR IN DROPPED D - Predominantly Celtic with a dash of Tex/Mex and a hint of Schubert. Where does this stuff come from? Not recorded before but written in the 1990s and rediscovered in a notebook. Tuning DADGBE.

17 KING OF THE COINERS - David Hartley (King David) was the king of the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. He led a gang of gold coin clippers who operated in the valleys around the Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge in the late eighteenth century. He was arrested and ultimately hanged in York for being complicit in the murder of an exciseman in Halifax. From the album Ziggurat. Tuning DADGBD.

18 WATERHOLE - The bow and arrow arrived relatively late in the Americas, roughly 1,500 years ago. This song imagines the devastating effect of being on the receiving end of such comparatively advanced technology. First recorded on Such And Such in 2003.

19 THE SLIP JIGS & REELS - My most covered song, versions of it crop up all over and it seems to have out-travelled me by miles. A tale of emigration from the Old World to the New, and a dusty death in the US Southwest. Originally from Of Moor And Mesa (Run River Records and Green Linnet US) 1992. Tuning DADGAD.


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