Acoustic aces ready to entertain Leyland

Steve Tilston

Steve Tilston

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Two of the UK’s acoustic folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of ‘Writes and Songs’ concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft.

What’s more, one half of the duo, who are coming to Leyland this weekend, is featured in a new film starring Al Pacino after a long lost letter to him from Beatle legend John Lennon surfaced.

Ask anyone on the English acoustic scene who their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer is and nine times out of 10 the same name, Steve Tilston, will crop up in the top three of every department.

A similar vote would come in for Jez Lowe who has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter having songs recorded by the likes of Fairport Convention, The Unthanks, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Liam Clancy and Bob Fox.

Tilston has also found himself in the front line of the press recently after his story inspired the new film, ‘Danny Collins’.

In the early 70s, John Lennon read Tilston’s suggestion in interview that success might mean his hunger for songwriting would be reduced.

Lennon himself had been interviewed by the same interviewer and dashed off a letter to Tilston explaining that success brought its own difficulties and a different set of inspirations, which never got delivered.

The letter, signed ‘John and Yoko’, surfaced after Lennon’s death, and for some time, Tilston looked at the letter as a case of ‘what might have been’ if they had got in touch.

Then, the letter and its indications of famous, wealthy musicians looking for their inspiration was turned into a film, where Tilston’s role in the tale is played by Al Pacino.

Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe will perform at Fox Lane Sports and Social Club on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the show, organised by Mr Kite Benefits in aid of Tender Nursing Care, are £13 in advance from calling 01617 612216, or £15 on the door.