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Joe Tilston

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After years on the punk scene as Random Hand’s bassist, Joe Tilston has returned to his family roots, for a bit of musical balance.

Joe’s music echoes years of influence from his upbringing
in and around the English folk scene, with a fresh twist and energy provided by his own venture into punk over the last decade. Not a million miles away from the likes of Nick Drake and Damien Rice this is not likely to be what you’re expecting if you’re familiar with Random Hands music.

‘Embers’ is Joe’s debut album, bringing together 6 years of writing to one consistent piece. Settling in calm relaxed grooves, layered with a number of great musicians adding their flavours to the mix, including long time live Violin player, Luke Yates. This is complimented by the odd splash of sound from his punk roots, showing the true diversity of his song writing. Songs on the album cover subject matter both questioning our humanity and celebrating it, all taking inspiration from friends and family.

‘Embers’ was produced by Matt Tweed, who has produced Martha Tilston’s recent records. The recording process was split between the Coast of Cornwall and the Valleys of West Yorkshire with assistance from Luke Yates, who also added some beautiful string arrangements.

On the record, Joe is joined by sister Martha for the opening track ‘The Railway Children’.

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