Festival Republic StageFriday8:00 pm
“Some years ago we brought a guitar on family holiday and starting jamming on the beach, doing covers. Some German tourists heard us playing and suggested we put the covers on YouTube – this was 2008 – so we started going busking on streets of Dublin, and uploading the tunes. Through all this we built up a nice foundation to start doing it properly and then we moved from covers to our own original material.” – Hudson Taylor
From these modest baby-steps as “Harry & Alfie”, the brothers Hudson Taylor developed their songwriting skills and live performance chops on the streets of Dublin and other European cities. Drawing on inspiration from classic rock idols like The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles – seeing AC/DC aged eleven was a revelation – to more contemporary influences like Fleet Foxes, Villagers and The Tallest Man On Earth; Hudson Taylor released their debut album, the breezy, acoustic-driven “Singing For Strangers”, in 2015. Produced by by Iain Archer (James Bay, Jake Bugg), the album included three big hits – ‘Chasing Rubies’, ‘Battles’ and ‘Weapons’ – which helped established Hudson Taylor in Ireland and the UK.
Hudson Taylor are currently putting the finishing touches to that second album, which has been produced by Ryan Hadlock, best known for his work with The Lumineers and Vance Joy, and is being mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Son, Ed Sheeran). The new material showcases a new Americana / country-rock feel, Harry having moved from acoustic guitar to electric, while still highlighting those spine-tingling, sibling harmonies.