20220506: Friday 6th May 2022: Jez Lowe and Steve Tilston


Support: Brigid Kaelin and Steve Cooley


At the Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1SP

8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Entry: £14(door), £13(advance), £12(members).


Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, two of the finest songwriters on the UK acoustic/folk scene, join forces to give you intimate insights into their approach to their craft.


Steve Tilston has been described as a “complete guitarist”, “a singer songwriter of rare talent” and “absurdly accomplished”. He’s toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools; with traditional singer Maggie Boyle; with Maartin Allcock and Pete Zorn as WAZ!; with Ballet Rambert and with his daughter Martha. He’s the writer of the classics The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine, and his songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk scene. He’s won a BBC Folk Award for best original song; appeared on Later with Jools Holland and BBC4 Songwriters Circle; and is the inspiration for the Hollywood movie Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino! He’s also published a novel All for Poor Jack. In 2021, 50 years after the release of his debut album An Acoustic Confusion, he released Such Times, 15 tracks of almost new material in which he takes on the role of social commentator and storyteller.  


The more you listen, the more there is to discover” – Bob Harris.



Jez Lowe: A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for best singer and best new song, was a timely reminder of Jez’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. He also tours with his band The Bad Pennies and with The Pitmen Poets, and is a principal writer on the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads. His first novel, The Dillen Doll, was published in 2017, and his second, The Corly Croons, a continuation of the first, followed in 2019. In 2020, he celebrated 40 years in the business, and has just released a new solo album, “Crazy Pagan”, recorded during the lockdown of 2020. One of the busiest live performers in the country, his songs are widely sung by others too.


No-one else writes or sounds like Jez Lowe” – Mike Harding.







Brigid Kaelin and Steve Cooley

Steve Cooley has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw, has performed for five US Presidents and the Prince of Wales and has worked with such notables as Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, Mac Wiseman, Rose Maddox and toured extensively with The Dillards and Bluegrass Alliance. In 2018, he taught at Bela Fleck’s inaugural banjo camp, where Bela dubbed him a “banjo master.” Steve’s work has earned 5 Grammy nominations and plenty of other accolades, but he lives a quiet Kentucky life and would be annoyed to know Brigid is bragging about him here. 

Brigid Kaelin is a singer, author, illustrator, and multi-instrumentalist who has appeared on BBC, NPR and received many "Best Singer-Songwriter" awards in Louisville. Her most recent single debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. She's toured the world as a solo artist and loves the intimate folk club settings in particular.

Also a sought-after sidewoman, Brigid has performed with artists ranging from Nick Keir to Elvis Costello, usually on musical saw or accordion. She's just finished treatment for breast cancer and is thrilled to be alive and touring.