Steve Tilston's first CD since last year's retrospective box set and 2005's traditional work "Of Many Hands" is a stunning collection of songs, with some great slide and 12 string guitar playing , supported by musicians of real quality. Steve's love of history shines through in songs like King of the Coiners (a song in the traditional narrative genre he's made his own with Slip Jigs and Reels or the Turncoat) and Speaking in Tongues. Steve pays a tribute to his Liverpool roots in In Between Years and draws out physical and emotional landscapes of different kinds in After Summer Rain and Archipelago. There's a whole range of styles on this CD, which has been in the player for a couple of days now and it's sounding better and better with every play.
Two traditional songs, "Rambling Comber" and "the Fisher Lad of Whitby", a couple of songs about making music, "The Road.." and "Madame Muse", "Spoils of War" , about acts of cultural vandalism in Iraq and "A Pretty Penny" about the unaccountable scoundrels that brought us the credit crunch. . Great intelligent songs from a singer-songwriter whose music is steeped in a sense of injustice and basic humanity . Great word too, Ziggurat !