New Island music company brings folk star to gig

By Ross Findon

Friday, November 2, 2012


MUSIC FOLK musician Steve Tilston is to play the Island in a gig organised by a new promotion company founded by IW music stalwart Pete Turner.

Pete, who for many years worked with friend Vic King as part of promoters Vaguely Sunny, is now organising gigs through his own venture, Sea Pie Productions.

"Vic and I remain good friends but I wanted to get back to a more contemporary, folk-based style of music.

"I formed music company Sea Pie Productions and I plan to present contemporary musicians who operate on the national folk circuit." said Pete.

"I’m hoping to do about four gigs a year.

"It is not about money. You’re lucky if you cover your costs and any money you do make goes into the next gig. I started promoting gigs back in 1972 at the IW College.

"I once got offered Roxy Music for £5 and turned them down because I thought they couldn’t be that good if they were so cheap.

"It was a lot different then. Now it is difficult to find the right venues that aren’t too expensive."

Steve Tilston’s career has included running a folk club with the legendary Bert Jansch, writing for Fairport Convention and performing with his partner, Maggie Boyle.

Last year he appeared on the Jools Holland Show and earlier this year he won best original song at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for the track, The Reckoning.

• The gig is tonight (Friday) at Porchfield Village Hall at 7.30pm.


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