Steve was born in Liverpool and raised in Birmingham. Tilston was a graphic designer before taking up music in 1971. In the early eighties he ran a folk club with Bert Jansch in New Kings Road, London. "In For A Penny - In For A Pound" was a rock album, but he soon reverted to quieter music. In 1985 he has toured with Ballet Rambert. It was his skill as a guitarist and mandolin player, not as a dancer, that brought this about. In 1987 he formed his own record label, called "Run River". He was a member of John Renbourn's group "Ship of Fools" (1988), who released one album on his label.