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June 04, 2014
Tours, Recording, China, etc

Message from Allan

The Spring tour of Germany went very well – most of the gigs were sold out months before, and with a gig in Zaandam (Holland) on the way back which was excellent (well done Koen) it all worked out well. Many thanks to Linde Nijland for joining me on the last song “Leaving at Dawn”. Check out her new CD, “I am Here” which is great. www.lindenijland.nl.

Venne Folk Fruehling was as good as ever – and for my concert on the Sunday it was great to perform with Santino de Bartolo and Mikis Leucker for a few songs. My old friend Tom McConville joined me for the final song “One Last Smile” which is on my new album and also on Tom’s new CD, called “Back to Scotswood” (www.tommcconville.co.uk).


Mikis, Allan, Santino and Tom

All the gigs on the tour they were special in their own way; Neuwelt in Ingolstadt, Loni Uebler Haus in Nuernberg and Kulturhaus in Waldkraiburg have already booked concerts with me for May 2016. Gigs for May 2015 are already coming in.

I stopped off at the Stockfisch Studios when I had a couple of day’s free mid-tour and met Tracy Cai (the Chinese representative of China Records) and Desmond Chan of Silk Road Music (the Stockfisch distributor in China). Because Stockfisch is the leading record company in High End production the Chinese contingent are keen to work with us on a few projects. One such project is for me to play a few concerts in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan – details to follow as and when.

The recording we had planned with a symphony orchestra was not possible in April because of various work schedules, so now we are working on the idea of recording the concert with a symphony orchestra in Bratislava, with Valter Sivilotti conducting (he also wrote all of the arrangements for the songs). My son Barnaby has recorded some of his BBC projects there and the orchestra is excellent. We are planning this for December of this year.

A theatre company, Tiny Dog Productions, has asked me if they could use “Lady of Pleasure” (which I wrote in the seventies for my album “Cajun Moon”, and which was covered by Fairport Convention). As a result of this cooperation, I have written “The Wanton Way” especially for their production, which is called “Punching Jane”. This will be at The Courtyard Theatre in London throughout June. Check out www.tinydogproductions.com

I’ll be in Austria for the second week of June, and then I’ll be off “the road” for a couple of weeks before I play the Skagen Festival in Denmark again (I’ll be doing the Songwriters’ Circle as usual). The rest of the year is pretty much finalised now so check the tours page for details.

For next year I’ve decided to spend less time on the road, especially as 2016 will be a big year – 50 years on the road, and gigs are already coming in for 2016.

Most of you will know that I'm not a facebook person but, as well as this website, Jimmy and Val (jiva) look after that side of things – and they ensure messages are passed on to me. I do like to get your emails and am always interested in hearing your stories and comments – sometimes the stories become songs.

Safe travelling,
Allan


May 09, 2014
"One Last Smile" on Tom McConville CD

Allan's close friend Tom McConville has recorded Allan's song "One Last Smile" on his new album, "Back to Scotswood". To buy the CD, contact tom on his website www.tommcconville.co.uk.


February 17, 2014
Interview for Living Tradition

Part one of the recent interview for Living Tradition that Allan did with Nigel Schofield can be seen on Allan's Press page - we hope to be able to provide a copy of part two, which will also be published in a later edition of the magazine.


January 12, 2014
Nigel Schofield Interview, "All Is One" Vinyl Release

Allan has been interviewed by the journalist Nigel Schofield who has also reviewed his new CD, “All is One” who writes; "...this album is a masterpiece. It’s a triumphant album from one of the great singer-songwriters that is both challenging and thoroughly satisfying". The interview will be published in two parts for The Living Tradition magazine, the first part appearing in the January/February edition.

Because of the success of “All is One” Stockfisch Records will release the album on vinyl. Audiophiles will know that this will be premium quality sound, as is always the case with Stockfisch Records.

Recording of Allan with Symphony Orchestra

Last year in July, Allan played a concert with a symphony orchestra for the Folkest Festival in Spilimbergo, Italy, with Valter Sivilotti as orchestrator and conductor. Many people have asked for a recording of this concert, and though this is not possible, Stockfisch Records have decided to record a CD of Allan with the orchestra and Valter Sivilotti, using the same songs, plus three more. This will be done in Italy, sometime in April of this year. It is too early yet to predict a release date.


January 4, 2014
"All Is One" Prize Nomination

Great news! Allan's new album "All Is One" has been nominated for the prestigious "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" (www.schallplattenkritik.de). His previous release, “Down the Years I Travelled” was also nominated for the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis 2012.

2014 Tours Update

The German tour in May has now been finalised, and details for the Autumn 2014 German tour are nearly all complete - see the Tours page for more information.

Allan says "I hope to see you 'somewhere on the road' - all the best for 2014".


December 23, 2013
Living Tradition Interview

Allan's album "All Is One" continues to receive great reviews. It has been heralded as "the best he's done for many years" - sales from the website, from Allan at gigs and from Stockfisch are going very well.

Below is a copy of the advert that went into "Living Tradition" magazine. Look out for next month's "Living Tradition" - it will feature in full Allan being interviewed by Nigel Schofield. You can also read the magazine's review of the album on Allan's Press page.

Guitar Tablature

Tablature for two of Allan's songs ("Lullaby In G" and "Sleep Well Little Darling") is available in Ulli Boegershausen's tablature guitar tutor book "Lullabys - Schlaflieder" - the book is available online from www.acoustic-music-books.de.


December 14, 2013
Christmas Specials on CDs, BluRays/DVDs and Vinyl Albums

See the orders page for the special Christmas offers - these savings will be valid for orders received up to 15 January 2014.


December 01, 2013
Album and Concert Reviews

"All Is One" (Allan's latest album) is receiving very positive reviews - you can read some of them (in English and German) on the Press page where you will also find two reviews of Allan's 25 October concert in Stuhr.

The album was also album Album Of The Week on Radio Scotland, with a different track being played on Iain Anderson's programme every day for a week.


October 20, 2013
New Album

Allan has released a new album, "All Is One" - track listing and credits are on the Discography page, and it's now available from the Orders page as well as from Allan at gigs. Some people are already saying that it is his best album yet!

More "Allan Taylor plays..." YouTube Videos?

Allan is thinking of making some more video recordings of songs, where he describes how they are played etc. (as he did with "Frenchtown", "Urban Love Song", "Leaving At Dawn", "Colour To The Moon" and "I'm Going Home"). This time however, he invites you to suggest songs that you would like to know how to play, or just to have more information about. Send your suggestions to enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk


October 15, 2013
Belfast

Allan was in Northern Ireland last weekend for three concerts with his old friend, Finbar Furey (Finbar and his brothers recorded several of Allan’s songs). They first met in 1971 in London when The Fureys recorded Allan’s song, “Still he Sings (The Fureys called it “After night there comes the day”) on which Allan played guitar and they have periodically met since then. All of the concerts were sold out, and a good time was had by all. The occasional drink was taken!

Finbar Furey and Allan in concert

Finbar Furey and Allan in concert

Finbar Furey and Allan in Concert Finbar Furey Jnr, Gerry Creen, Finbar Furey and Allan

Thanks to Eileen Creen for the photos and video of Allan and Finbar performing "It's Good To See You" - the video is on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=THXX8KWLg6c

Whilst in Belfast, Allan visited his Alma Mater, The Queen’s University of Belfast, where, under the tutelage of the world renowned ethnomusicologist Professor John Blacking, Allan gained his Doctorate in 1993.

Allan at The Queen’s University of Belfast Allan with one of his intellectual heroes, Galileo (at Queen’s)

August 31, 2013
Rare Allan Taylor Vinyls

Allan has found 5 Vinyl copies of the original pressing of "Win or Lose". The technical details are as follows:

  • recorded analogue at 30 ips on 24 track tape
  • mixed digitally and cut to copper disc at Abbey Road Studios
  • Direct Metal Mastering (DMM)
  • pressed on premium quality vinyl by Nimbus Pressing Plant (at that time the most prestigious pressing plant in Europe)

Each disc is of pristine and virgin quality and has never been played. These are definitely the last that will ever be available in this condition and can be bought from the Items For Sale page for £120.00 each plus postage & packing.

YouTube Videos

Some songs have been posted on youtube from the concert of Vlado Kreslin, where Allan was the invited guest for the four concerts in Cankarjev Dom in Lubljana in December 2011. Allan joined Vlado for the song “Daleč je moj rojstni kraj” and for “Let the Music Flow” (which features on Allan’s new CD, due to be released in a few weeks).

Daleč je moj rojstni kraj
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n40mIxJ9o-8
Let the Music Flow
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUw-gkeEq2g

August 2, 2013
Folkest, Italy

Allan's concert with the orchestra was a great success - a wonderful evening which will be remembered for years to come.

Allan performing with the FVGT Mitteleuropa Orchestra, conductor and arranger Valter Sivilotti at the Folkest Festival in Spilimbergo, Italy on July 27th
Photos by: Giorgio Zuppichin

July 17, 2013
Skagen Festival

For the second year Allan hosted the Songwriters Circle at the Skagen Festival in Denmark.


Tommy Sands - Allan - Tom Donovan

Photo by: Anders Mikkelsen

Jacob Dinesen is a promising singer-songwriter from Tonder in Southern Jutland, Denmark. Allan first met him when he was twelve or thirteen and since then they have become friends. Jacob’s profile has been rising steadily and he has an enthusiastic following already. Allan invited him on stage for four songs with him, one of which was written by Jacob. The audience of 2000 responded so well that further concerts are being considered.


Allan and Jacob Dinesen


Allan leading the ensemble with 'It's Good To See You'

Photos by Jens Th: www.jens-th.com

Allan Taylor Facebook Page

www.facebook.com/allantaylormusic

Jimmy and Val (jiva) tell us "We've recently set up an 'official' Allan Taylor Facebook page and will be managing it on Allan's behalf. We plan to regularly add content and look forward to making it THE place on Facebook for Allan Taylor news, events, etc... we invite Allan's friends and fans to join/like the page and post there."


June 23, 2013
Symphony Orchestration for Folkest 2013

Allan has received the orchestration for the songs he will sing with the symphony orchestra in Spilimbergo, Italy on July 27th.The event will be recorded and filmed.

Spilimbergo is a beautiful small town an hour north of Venice, and this performance will almost certainly be a “one-off” – it is unlikely that it will happen again. To hear an orchestra playing Allan’s songs with him will indeed be a special and memorable occasion.

The website for Folkest International Festival is www.folkest.com where you can see the program and purchase tickets - or email info@folkest.com.


May 20, 2013
Tour Update

Following his shoulder operation, Allan is enjoying being on tour again. During Allan's concert at Venne, Allan asked Tom McConville and the German multi instrumentalist Jens Komnick to join him for the occasional song.


Tom McConville, Allan, Jens Komnick

Allan's Martin D18 Guitar Sold


Allan with Eckhard Grabe, who bought Allan's guitar


April 23, 2013
Original Virgin Vinyl Albums

Allan has found some original and virgin vinyl pressings of “Out of Time” and “Lines". For details see the Items For Sale page.


April 8, 2013
Instruments For Sale - Martin D18 and Stefan Sobell Dulcimer

Because of Allan’s shoulder problems he has been advised to use a smaller bodied guitar, so he has decided to sell his Martin D18 – the iconic Allan Taylor guitar with the double pick-guard. This guitar was custom made for him by the Martin Guitar Company in June 2007. Below is a picture of Allan playing the guitar while recording the Pier House videos - click the picture to see and hear the guitar in action - SOLD

He is also selling a dulcimer built as a special order by Stefan Sobell - SOLD

For details of both instruments see the new Items For Sale page.

New Video Uploaded to YouTube

A video of "I'm Going Home", last in the Pier House series where Allan explains the chords, tuning and techniques, has been uploaded to YouTube. See the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=d19m_KyLTcU, or by clicking the image below.

For more videos, visit Allan's official YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/allantaylormusic.


Allan playing the D18 while recording the "I'm Gong Home" video


March 8, 2013
It's Good To See You

Those of you who are interested in the long journey of Allan’s song “It’s good to see you” (there are now more than eighty cover versions in ten different languages) might be interested in some versions that we've found on YouTube – specifically,

Frankie Miller: ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJUeHsHA-4I ) his version was a hit in the eighties, especially in Germany

Don Williams: ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgKpYfGNvN0 ) recorded the song on a platinum selling album

Nana Mouskouri: ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrpYD-Mi8So ) performed it as the opening song in her first concert in Athens after her self-imposed exile

Memorabilia, Instruments, Richard Thompson

Over the last few weeks Allan has been collating the various photos, programmes and posters he has collected from his concerts during the last 45 years on the road. He has found many unusual items; some very rare vinyl editions of his albums and some rare CD releases. In due course these will be offered for sale to collectors. Allan is also considering selling a couple of his Martin guitars and a Stefan Sobell special order dulcimer – more news to follow.

One extremely interesting item for Allan was the telegram from Fairport Convention in 1969 saying “Urgent – ring Fairport”. This resulted in Fairport inviting Allan to join their British tour (first gig at The Albert Hall). After the tour they recorded a demo of Allan’s song “Sometimes” (co-written with Miles Wooton) that got Allan his first recording contract with United Artists Records. So, Allan owes a great debt to Fairport Convention and has always made public his respect for all of the members of this group.

By coincidence, Richard Thompson (a founder member of the group) was playing a gig in Leeds last week (4th March) so Allan had a chance to meet up with him.


Richard Thompson and Allan backstage at Leeds Irish Centre


February 21, 2013
Barnaby Taylor - BBC Wild Arabia

Wild Arabia: Sand, Wind and Stars
(Part 1 of 3 part series)
Friday February 22nd, BBC2 9:00 pm

Produced and Directed by Chadden Hunter
Series Producers: Chadden Hunter & Dan Rees
Executive Producer: Brian Leith

Music by Barnaby Taylor, and featuring:

Paul Clarvis: Percussion
Kit Morgan: Oud
Dan Brown: Percussion
Dirk Campbell: Duduk, Ney, Kaval

BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by William Goodchild
Engineer: Andrew Dudman, Abbey Road Studios.


February 17, 2013
Albums Update

Allan’s recuperation is going well. He is now playing the guitar again and is more than ready to get back “on the road”. He has been in Germany in the Stockfisch Studios finishing his new CD. All the tracks are ready to be mixed, but as yet, no release date has been finalised.


Beo Brockhausen and Allan in the Stockfisch Studios.
Beo played bowed psalter, soprano saxophone and various percussive instruments on Allan's latest recording.

The live CD, “Hannes Wader & Allan Taylor, Old Friends in Concert” has been released by Universal Records, catalogue number 06025 3726777.

Allan's double CD “Down the Years I Travelled...” has been receiving rave reviews in Germany and sales are going extremely well.


February 7, 2013
Reviews of "Down The Years I Travelled..."

See the press page for three reviews of Allan's "Down The Years I Travelled..." double album.

  • The Living Tradition magazine
  • Folker magazine (German)
  • Akustik Gitarre (German)

January 14, 2013
Live Album - Hannes Wader and Allan Taylor

Following their May 2011 "Old Friends In Concert" tour, Allan and Hannes decided to release a live album of recordings from their gigs. The album is due for release by Universal in February this year.


Front cover from "Old Friends In Concert"


January 5, 2013
Barnaby Taylor - BBC2

Allan's son Barnaby has written the music for the new BBC2 series, "Wild Arabia". The first programme will be shown 22 February at 9:00pm GMT.

Nomination

Allan's recent release "Down the Years I Travelled..." has been nominated for the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis.


December 20, 2012
Operation Update

News - the operation took place as scheduled, Allan's arm is in a sling, and he's feeling good!


December 5, 2012
New Guitar

Only two weeks away from his operation, Allan has bought a small parlour guitar which has a short scale length and very light strings that he can use during his recuperation. Many thanks to Alex Mew of Faith Guitars for his cooperation. www.faithguitars.com

Allan trying out the Faith Parlour guitar Allan with Alex Mew of Faith Guitars

November 21, 2012
New Video on YouTube

We've uploaded video number four in the 'Allan Taylor plays...' series. Here Allan explains the chords and techniques for 'Colour To The Moon'. See the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDf9J1SwLTo or by clicking the image on the right.

For more videos, visit Allan's official YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/allantaylormusic.

Barnaby Taylor with BBC Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios

Allan's son Barnaby (www.barnabytaylor.com) is writing the music for a BBC series Wild Arabia (he previously wrote the music for the BBC series Wild China for which he won an Emmy). The first recording session was on 20 November with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London.


Barnaby's six year old son, Vincent,
holding the conductor's baton
at his first recording session.

New Cover Versions of Allan's Songs

'Standing At The Door' has been recorded by Clonmel, a group from northern Germany, on their new CD.

The Vagabones, a group from Norway have recorded 'Misty On The Water' - YouTube link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI9neU5Jwdw


November 18, 2012
Gigs/Tours Cancellation/Rescheduling

Please note: due to tendon trouble and severe pain in both shoulders Allan has had to cancel and re-schedule all gigs planned for the remainder of 2012.

Personal note from Allan

I am in considerable and continuous pain with tendon trouble in both shoulders which is affecting me to the extent that I have to have an operation next month to address the problem. Being on tour since early mid-September hasn't helped I guess; picking up, shouldering, and playing the guitar have all exacerbated the condition to the point where I feel I am simply incapable - quite literally - of holding the chords on the guitar – the pain is that intense.

The condition isn't treatable or reversible by simply resting and not doing anything – I have already had 10 physiotherapy sessions and two cortisone injections, all to no avail. I’m told by the consultant/surgeon that it will be some time after the operation before I’ll be able to play the guitar again, so I have decided to take four months off from touring. The operation is scheduled for December 19th.

I know that this will cause inconvenience in venue programming, and disappointment for those who had planned to attend the gigs, but I hope you’ll understand my situation. I hope to be able to re-schedule these dates for sometime in 2013.

Christmas Specials on CDs, BluRays/DVDs and Songbooks

See the orders page for price reductions on multiple purchases - the special offer prices will be valid until 31st December 2012.

'Out of Time' sold out

The 2002 re-mastered CD version of 'Out of Time' has now completely sold out, and is no longer available from the website.


November 11, 2012
Notes from the Autumn tour of Denmark and Germany

Well, I made it through. This was a great tour by any standards; most gigs were sold out and the new double CD “Down the Years I Travelled ...” seems to be very popular judging by the sales, not only at gigs but also through the website. I enjoyed every gig, so thanks to all of you who came along; some, I know, travelled considerable distances so your attendance was especially appreciated.

During the tour I had chance to work on the new album at the Stockfisch Studios in Northeim. Making this CD is an enjoyable experience and I’m optimistic that it will turn out to be very special. It is scheduled for release in Spring 2013.

The only downside of the tour was the recurring problem with my left shoulder. During the year the problem has gradually been getting worse, and physiotherapy sessions can no longer help. I am scheduled for an operation on December 19 in Leeds. I will therefore not be making any concerts for a few months – I’m hoping to start performing again in April 2013.

Once again, thanks to everyone who came to the gigs – it was your enthusiasm and enjoyment that helped me get through the tour.

 

Allan and Jacob Dinesen at Hagges, Tonder. They met 3 years ago at Tonder, when Jacob was just 14. Since then Jacob has developed into a good guitarist, singer and is writing his own songs. Allan invited him on stage to sing a couple of songs with him. Allan and Nico Schneider at Object 5 in Halle playing "The Stranger", that Nico's group, "Seldom Sober" has just recorded.
Thanks to Nico for arranging the gig.
Allan in Leipzig, outside Nikolai church where Monday night meetings took place that eventually led to the downfall of the East German regime and gave freedom back to the people. Allan and his friend Bach!
Washburn Guitar Sold

Allan’s Washburn guitar has now been sold.


September 16, 2012
Album Updates

The double CD, “Down the Years I Travelled ...” (a collection of 20 songs from Allan’s recordings in the 80s and early 90s, plus the bonus song “Down the Years I Travelled” written especially for the project) is now available from the orders page or from Allan who will have copies for sale on his gigs.

Allan had a successful time in early August recording the basic tracks for his next album. There will be two songs by other writers; Tom Paxton and Derroll Adams. Tom has already heard the rough mix and pronounced it “Fablehaft! Unglaublich! Ausgetzeichnet! (Pretty damn good!) thank you,, Allan, for a wonderful reading. I love it.” Allan will continue working on this CD during the next German tour in October.

Switzerland Gigs Report

The Swiss gigs in August were a success – thanks to Roland and Isabelle in Zurich for arranging the gig, and many thanks to Lisa and Freddy at Restaurant Allmend in Wengen for the use of their place for the concert. For all of the guests who came from far and near – Styria, northern Germany, Bavaria and the local Swiss – it was good to see you – Gut wieder hier zu sein!.

Guitar For Sale

Allan has decided to sell his old Washburn guitar:

Washburn Monterey Guitar – circa 1987 – thin style cutaway electric acoustic
Solid cedar top, rosewood back and sides
Mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl diamond inlay and rosewood bridge
Acoustic bridge pickup with volume and tone controls
Strap and Hiscox hard case included.

These guitars are now very rare and it’s hard to find one for sale. Please email enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk with offers above £600.

To see this guitar in action, follow the link below to a YouTube video of Allan using it on a TV programme with Aly Bain in the 80s. You can see Allan playing the Washburn from 14 minutes 25 seconds onwards.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c6deJNeSTw .

Tour News

On 16th October Allan will leavethe UK for the Autumn tour, with concerts in Denmark and Germany. Check the tours page for details.

For the fans in Southern Germany, Allan is planning some concerts in early May 2013. If you have any suggestions for potential concert venues, or if you would like to organise one yourself, please email enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk.

 

Allan with Martin Allan and Jimmy Ryan
Allan with his Martin M38 and the studio guitar, EC00028. Recording the new CD at Stockfisch Recording Studio, Northeim, Germany. Allan with Jim Ryan

Freddy and Lisa Allan
Freddy and Lisa Allan playing with the bottle neck.
photo by Jemma Watts
Washburn guitar
Washburn Monterey Guitar

August 8, 2012
New Double CD, "Down the Years I Travelled" Coming Soon

Allan will be in the Stockfisch studio in Northeim, Germany next week to record songs for a new CD. As well as the songs Allan has written, he will be recording “The Sky” by Derroll Adams, “I followed her into the West” by Tom Paxton and the translation Allan made of Santino de Bartolo’s song, “The Cloud”.

The double CD “Down the Years I Travelled ...” is scheduled to be released within the next three weeks, and details will be available on the Orders page.

Details of the Hannes Wader/Allan Taylor live CD are being finalised, and the CD should be released in late Autumn.

Down the Years CD cover
Down the Years I Travelled CD Front Cover

July 22, 2012
Photos from the Skagen Festival

Skagen Festival
Skagen Festival. Allan closes the festival by tradition; everyone on stage for the final song, the Skagen Festival song written by Allan, "It's good to See You".
With The Dubliners, The Black Family, Cajun Roosters, Phil Cunningham, Leif Ernstsen, Bente Kure and many others. Photo by Jens Th Nielsen
Skagen Festival 2 John Jones (Oysterband), Phil Cunningham, Allan, Aly Bain
John Jones, Alan Prosser, AT, Tom Paxton at the "Songwriters' Circle", Skagen Festival. Photo by Jens Th Nielsen John Jones (Oysterband), Phil Cunningham, Allan, Aly Bain
Allan and Hans Graasvold
Allan and Hans Graasvold

July 8, 2012
August 26th, 2012, Concert in Wengen, Switzerland

We have just heard that Ulli Boegershausen has severe problems with his shoulders and has had to cancel his concerts for the foreseeable future. He is awaiting treatment and hopefully will be back "on the road" playing again in a few months. This means that Ulli will not be able to play the concert with Allan in Wengen, Switzerland on 26th August. However, Allan will still go ahead with the concert.

Allan is recently home from his Austrian tour. In Styria Allan met up with the artist Gerald Brettschuh, who, on a previous trip had sketched Allan. This drawing features on the various websites for Brettschuh - check out "Gerald Brettschuh Images" on Google to see this unique drawing.

During the tour Allan stayed a couple of nights in Vienna with his old friend, Hans Theessink. Hans has a new CD coming out soon and will be touring UK in September/October.

New Double CD Box Set is coming soon

The double CD box set "Down the Years I Travelled ..." is currently being pressed and printed and will be available soon.

Allan and Hans
Allan and Hans in Vienna

June 2, 2012
Concert in Wengen, Switzerland

The concert in Wengen, Switzerland is now confirmed for 26th August. Those of you who are interested please make yourself known to Jimmy and Val (jiva). Once you have confirmed that you’d like to come to the concert, tickets will be held for you in Wengen. The concert will be in held in the same place as the previous two years’ (Restaurant Allmend), but the added bonus is that Ulli Boegershausen will play a full set before Allan’s set, and no doubt they will do some songs together at the end. A full meal will be served before the concert.
There is also a concert in Zurich on 24th August (details on the Tours page).


May 29, 2012
Recording Demo Tracks for the New CD

Allan recently recorded demo tracks for the new CD (to be recorded at the end of July/beginning of August) at Studio One.

Allan at Studio One
Allan at Studio One for recording the demo tracks for the new CD.

May 7, 2012
Concert at the Allmend Restaurant in Wengen

We're pleased to let you know that the concert at the Allmend Restaurant in Wengen is to go ahead. Attached are two pictures showing the breathtaking local landscape.

Wengen is one of Allan’s favourite places. It is in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. It is a beautiful place in the mountains which is only accessible by mountain railway from Lauterbrunnen in the valley. If driving, leave your car in the Lauterbrunnen car park. Nearest airports are Geneva or Zurich (4 hours from Wengen), Basle (2 hours from Wengen) or Bern (one and half hours from Wengen).

The link in the paragraph above takes you to a site where you can find out more about the area, accommodation, transport etc.

We will be in touch with further details about the concert and information about buying Tickets for those who let us know they wish to attend. Please write to Jimmy and Val at enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk.

Lauterbrunnen Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen Valley near Wengen by John Deane Switzerland
 

April 24, 2012
Concert at the Leeds City Varieties Theatre

Recently Allan met up with his old friends Eddie and George Furey who were playing a concert at the Leeds City Varieties Theatre. Their friendship goes back to the late 60s and early 70s when Allan played guitar on one of their albums, recorded in London. Since then the Fureys have recorded a few of Allan's songs; "The Morning Lies Heavy", "It's Good To See You", and more. Their recent CD, which they gave to Allan at the concert, is called "Songs Through the Years" (Global Records, Dublin GBCD5001). On this CD they have recorded three of Allan's songs; "Crazy Amsterdam", "Creole Girl" and "I Don't Bring You Flowers" (original title "Now You Know").

Fureys and
Eddie Furey, AT, George Furey and Davey Arthur.

April 1, 2012
Concert in Wengen, Switzerland with Ulli Boegershausen

Following the success of the 65th Birthday celebration concert in 2010 Allan has been asked if he would consider doing another concert at the same venue, the Restaurant Allmend. The Allmend is in a beautiful setting, with views of the Lauterbrunnen valley, Wengen village and in the distance Lake Thun and in the opposite direction there are views of the mountains Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. As this can only be reached by mountain railway, Allan will rent a train so that after the concert people can get back to Wengen village or down the valley to Lauterbrunnen. As before the restaurant will provide a meal before the concert.

Allan has asked the German guitarist Ulli Boegershausen, who also played at the birthday concert, to share the concert with him.

The date we are considering is Sunday, 26th Augus,t 2012 and the schedule would be as follows:
Meet 17:00 hours at Restaurant Allmend
Food 18:00 to 19:30
Concert start at 20:00
Ulli will play one set of about one hour
Interval
Allan will play for one hour
Allan and Ulli will then play some songs together to finish the evening

The total inclusive price, (meal, concert and train after concert) will be 70 Swiss Francs.

The venue can hold a maximum of 120 people and, as the last concert Allan played there was completely sold out, would those who are interested in coming to the concert please contact Jimmy and Val at enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk as soon as possible.

YouTube

You can find videos of Allan on his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/allantaylormusic, and ‘Leaving At Dawn’ has just been uploaded. In this video Allan describes the guitar tuning and chords he uses.

Denmark and Germany Tours

Details of the Danish and German tours this coming Autumn will soon be posted on the Tours page.


February 21, 2012
Strib Vinter Festival, Jimmy's Song, New CD, German Tour

Allan played the Strib Vinter Festival last weekend, and opened the festival with a song he had written especially for the festival, entitled "Singing Just for You". He was joined on stage for this song by Anders Mikkelsen and Anders Roland. The song was a great success, and therefore plans are being made for recording this, along with the Festival farewell song by Bente Kure and Leif Ernstsen, for a special two track CD for the 25th anniversary of the festival next year.

Allan has asked the German guitarist Ulli Boegershausen www.boegershausen.com

 


February 28, 2012
Barnaby Taylor Wins Prestigious Music Award

Allan is very proud to report that his son, Barnaby Taylor has won the 2012 MAS Award for best original composition for Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice (BBC). For further news: The Restless Creatives


February 21, 2012
Strib Vinter Festival, Jimmy's Song, New CD, German Tour

Allan played the Strib Vinter Festival last weekend, and opened the festival with a song he had written especially for the festival, entitled "Singing Just for You". He was joined on stage for this song by Anders Mikkelsen and Anders Roland. The song was a great success, and therefore plans are being made for recording this, along with the Festival farewell song by Bente Kure and Leif Ernstsen, for a special two track CD for the 25th anniversary of the festival next year.

Anders Mikkelsen has translated and recorded Allan's song "Jimmy's Song". Check out his website: www.andersmikkelsen.dk

The collected works double CD (from the years 1982 to 1985), Down the Years I Travelled will be released at the Venne Folk Fruehling in May, at which Allan will play his usual Sunday afternoon concert. Allan recorded the bonus track (of the same title) during the first week of February, and it is currently being mixed with the other tracks.

Allan will be recording a new CD during the summer at Stockfisch Studios in Northeim, Germany.

The May tour of Germany has been finalised, so for our German friends, come along and say hello.

Strib Festival
Photo by Jens Th, photo@jens-th.com (thanks Jens for the use of the photo)

February 19, 2012
Work on New CD Begins

Allan was in Germany recently at the Stockfisch Studios recording the bonus song for the collection set, Down the Years I Travelled ... Hopefully this will be released within the next three months. Whilst in the studio, Allan recorded some of the songs for the next CD (for demonstration purposes) to be recorded in April of this year. In March Allan will go back to Switzerland for a couple of weeks to work on the songs for the new CD.

Allan and Lutz Moeller at Stockfisch Studios recording Down the Years I Travelled

December 29, 2011
Concerts in Slovenia with Vlado Kreslin, Johnny Silvo

The concerts in the Cankerjev Dom in Ljubljana were a great success – 2000 seats sold out for the three nights. This is a credit to Vlado Kreslin and shows just how popular he is. This year was the twenty year celebration of having played (and filled) the concert hall every year. Every year Vlado invites guest musicians to join him for a few songs (I last played the concert hall with Vlado in 1998) and I was thrilled to be invited again. In the intervening years Vlado and I had played a few gigs together (in Slovenia and Croatia during the bad times of that recent war), and Vlado came to my birthday concert in Wengen, Switzerland last year. Typical of Vlado, his present to me was half a pig, smoked, and on a huge metal rack with a cutting knife the size of Roman sword. Vlado approaches everything with great enthusiasm, and his music is an extension of his personality – played with skill and passion. The traditional themes are evident, but are brought up to date with songs that concern timeless issues that are relevant to us all. The instrumentation of the band, from violins and the most wonderful cimbale /cimbalom (a huge hammered dulcimer) to Hammond organ and synthesizer show the wide influences that Vlado brings to his songs. One special moment was when his father played guitar and sang a Russian song he learnt on the Russian Front during the war, accompanied by a balalaika.

Someone has posted an amateur You Tube visual recording of us performing the song I wrote for Vlado, “Let the Music Flow” (on the Maxi CD Songs for the Road and on Vlado’s new CD Drevored).

I’m sad to report that my dear friend Johnny Silvo died early this morning. There is a facebook page dedicated to Johnny if anyone would like to send a message to wife and son.

In Concert with Vlado With
Allan with Vlado and Hans Theessink on stage at the Cankerjev Dom.
Photo by Miro Macjen.
Former President of Slovenia Milan Kucan, Vlado Kreslin and Allan

December 4, 2011
Barnaby Taylor on BBC 7th December, Vlado Kreslin Gigs, YouTube Updates

Allan’s son Barnaby Taylor has written the music for the seneth and final episode of the BBC series “Frozen Planet” which will be shown on Wednesday 7th December. The programme, entitled  On Thin Ice concludes that global warming is a tangible threat and we have to take major measures to halt its progress before serious damage is done to the planet. An interesting article about programme 7 can be found at carbonbrief.org.

Regarding the gigs Allan is doing with Vlado Kreslin in Ljubljana, Slovenia 12,13,14 December – check out "Koncerti" on Vlado’s website:
www.kreslin.com

We will soon be placing another song on Allan’s YouTube site in which Allan describes the guitar tuning and chords he uses for a particular song. The one we’ve chosen is “Urban Love-song”.

Also on YouTube someone has posted Allan’s recording of Fabrizio de Andre’s song “A Pittima” (The Begger), which Allan translated and recorded on a tribute album for Fabrizio shortly after he died. Allan had been due to visit Fabrizio in Sardinia to work on some songs and music together, but unfortunately Fabrizio died two months before the time they had scheduled. The other musicians on this recording are: Maartin Allcock on bass (Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull) and Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jNp6IRBU3o


November 20, 2011
A Note from Allan:


I have just returned from the German tour (with one in Holland) and I think it was one of the best yet. Of course it's the concerts that are the enjoyable part; driving and travelling is the hardest (I drove more than 4000 miles during the tour), but everyone made life easier for me by being helpful and accommodating. I have some time at home now, time enough to prepare for the Ljubljana concerts in December with Vlado Kreslin. Whilst on tour I stopped at the Stockfisch Studios in Northeim. Gunter, Ines and Hans-Joerg are working on the compilation/box set of songs from my T Records days (1980 - 1995). The double CD of twenty songs will be called Down The Years I Travelled . . . , and just by chance when I was thinking of this title in the Deutscheshaus Hotel in Northeim, I wrote a song that reflects these years. So, my plan is to record this soon and make it available as a bonus track on the compilation. I've also scheduled time in April next year to record a new CD - but I have to write another six songs first. Maybe I should go to Paris again as it worked once before (with "Brighton Beach" and "Creole Girl"), or maybe it will work for me in Switzerland as I will be there for three weeks in January, and I have written a few songs there "(Kerouac's Dream" and "Midnight Cal"l to name just two).

Below are a few photos from the tour. Thanks to all of you who came to the concerts, to all of the organisers who work so hard to bring music to the people - you all made it such a great tour.

Regarding the photos:

With Dieter Burmester
The Burmester Company has designed the sound system for the Porsche Cayenne, Panamera and the new 911, and the Bugatti Veyron. Dieter Burmester uses Allan's song "The Beat Hotel" (from the Hotels and Dreamers CD) to demonstrate the sound system in these cars and the Burmester team use the song along with the Vinyl version of "Los Companeros" to demonstrate their home Hi End systems in exhibitions throughout the world. Dieter also played bass on Allan's maxi CD, Songs For The Road (Stockfisch).

Allan at "Die Kate" in Volksdorf - photo by Karl-Heinz Jasmer

Allan with Nico Schneider (www.banjoman.de and www.seldomsober.de). Nico and his group are about to record Allan's song, "The Stranger". Nico is also a banjo maker, having recently made a banjo for Barney McKenna of The Dubliners.

Allan playing a stunning banjo made by Nico Schneider.

Allan with his old friend Helmut Debus, taken at Bad Zwischenahn for the "Lange Nacht der Poesie" concert.

Allan with Yasir, owner of Kanapee in Hanover. Allan played three concerts there, all sold out, and also wrote a theme song for Kanapee that will be recorded and played before every concert.

With Ulli Boegershausen, and with Wilfried Zurstrassen and Ulli Boegershausen.
The concert was at the Stadthalle in Schoenberg. For the final encore, Allan invited the Burgermeister (Mayor), Wilfried Zurstrassen, on stage to sing Wilfried's favourite song, "Gut Wieder Hier Zu Sein", the translation by Hannes Wader of Allan's song "It's Good To See You" .

Allan with Dieter Burmester Allan at "Die Kate" in Volksdorf - photo by Karl-Heinz Jasmer
Allan with Nico Schneider Allan playing a stunning banjo made by Nico Schneider
Allan with his old friend Helmut Debus, taken at Bad Zwischenahn for the
"Lange Nacht der Poesie" concert.
Allan with Yasir, owner of Kanapee in Hanover.
Allan with Ulli Boegershausen, and with Wilfried Zurstrassen and Ulli
Boegershausen.
Allan with Ulli Boegershausen

November 15, 2011
Sad News

I'm sorry to have to pass on the news that my old friend Johnny Silvo has only a few months to live. Johnny wants everyone to know. Arvid Lone (who played Bass with Johnny for some time) has set up a Facebook page where messages can be sent.

Johnny has been one of the all-time greats of the British folk music scene. Over the last twenty-five years or so Johnny has lived in Norway, but he has travelled extensively throughout the world carrying his inimitable programme of songs and humour. My own personal best time with Johnny was when I presented the Alex Campbell Tribute Concert at Skagen Festival, in the 90's. He was a vital part of the programme that I wrote and he never failed - the performance took off like a jet when he started singing "The Midnight Special". The CD is now a treasured collectors' item and very hard to find. Standing on stage that night I realised that it would be a success, as soon as Johnny started singing.

But then, I've had so many good times with Johnny.

Allan, 15 November 2011

Allan and Johnny at Skagen Festival 2009
Allan and Johnny at Skagen Festival 2009 (Photo by Anders Mikkelsen)
Johnny at Gerd Parkholt's place - Skagen Festival - after-concert party - 1999 Allan, Johnny, Barnaby (Allan's son) and Mike Silver - at Gerd Parkholt's place - Skagen Festival 1999
Johnny at Gerd Parkholt's place - Skagen Festival - after-concert party -
1999 (photo by Phil Jackson)
Allan, Johnny, Barnaby (Allan's son) and Mike Silver - at Gerd Parkholt's
place - Skagen Festival 1999 (Photo by Phil Jackson)

October 11, 2011
Allan's Tunings and Techniques on YouTube

Allan has recorded and filmed six of his songs for YouTube, where he explains the tunings and techniques he uses. The first song has now been uploaded and can be seen here:  "Frenchtown"

You can see more videos at Allan's official YouTube channel:
www.youtube.com/allantaylormusic

Frenchtown
Allan performs "Frenchtown" for his YouTube channel.

October 10, 2011
Allan and Steve Tilston at the Faldingworth Club

w Steve Tilston
Steve Tilston and Allan share the stage the Faldingworth club (Saturday 3rd September) – thanks to Les and the audience for a great night.
Thanks also to Mike Sweeney for the photo.

September 5, 2011
Extended Version of "New York in the Seventies" Available on YouTube

Allan Taylor - New York In The Seventies

When Allan recorded this song about the time he lived in New York he was dissuaded from recording the verse about the days spent with Bob Marley and the Wailers. However, it soon became apparent to Allan that it was an important part of those times, and as is the case with all of Allan's songs, it is true, so on all live performances Allan now sings this verse.

 

New York in the Seventies
Recorded live at the Davy Lamp Folk Club, Washington.

August 11, 2011
Double CD, Tour Updates

Allan will be in Switzerland for the last two weeks of August writing songs for the new CD and working on the notes for the next Stockfisch Records release. This will be the release of a double CD of selections from Allan’s T Record years – Win or Lose, Lines, So Long and Faded Light. Twenty songs in all will be selected from all four CDs and then re-mastered to the high quality Stockfisch Records always produce. Allan will be writing extensive notes about the songs and the experiences of those years when they were recorded for the accompanying booklet.

The schedule for the rest of the year is now finalised; the German tour looks to be another good tour, with some new places and old favourites. After the German tour there may be a gig or two in Italy (awaiting confirmation), and in December Allan’s old friend the Slovenian songwriter Vlado Kreslin will be doing his usual concerts in the Ljubljana concert hall, and he has asked Allan to appear on all three concerts (details on the Tours page).


June 12, 2011
A message from Allan:

I recently returned from a most enjoyable German tour. The first gig in Elsfleth was full of old friends - thanks to Charlie and Baerbel for making this happen. Venne Folk Fruehling was the best yet - my old friend Tom McConville and Jens Komnick did a fantastic set on the Saturday, and I was really pleased with the Sunday afternoon concert I played. Thanks to Dieter Wasilke and the crew for making it yet another great success.

Following the concert it was a long drive to Bensheim (near Frankfurt) to prepare for the first gig with Hannes Wader.  Our "Old Friends" tour went well - seven gigs in seven days - and judging from the audience response it was a success. When we've had a chance to listen to the recordings, we'll decide whether to release a live CD of the tour.

And then there were a few solo gigs. The two gigs at Schlossterassen Schieder were sold out - many thanks to Michael Maute and Iris Hansmann for arranging this. And special congratulations to Michael and Iris on your wedding that Friday. Finally, the concert in Kloster Steinfeld was, as always, super. Gerd Weimbs, who has arranged these concerts for the last twenty years or so and who organises the guitar/singing group at the school deserves great praise for all the hard work he puts into these ventures. Thanks Gerd, and thanks to the young women who came on stage to sing the final song with me. Well done Meike and Ann-Sofie for taking the solo verses. Thanks to Andy and Udo of AER amps  ( www.aer-amps.de ) for the help and advice. The Acousticube worked perfectly.

Allan and Hannes at Buchholz May'10. Photo by Vivien Heere Allan rehearsing with AER Acousticube and Domino amps.

Allan on "Aly Bain And Friends" Available on YouTube

One of the programmes Allan did in the 80’s, "Aly Bain and Friends," has now been posted on YouTube, at this link: Aly Bain and Friends. Allan is introduced 14 minutes into the programme and plays one song solo – “Crazy Man” and one song with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham – “Chimes at Midnight”.

From 1980: Ally Bain and Phil Cunningham accompanying Allan on "Chimes at Midnight"

April 24, 2011
Meeting with C.F. Martin at Frankfurt Music Fair, With Hannes Wader, Stockfisch Records News

Allan recently visited the Frankfurt Music Fair where he collected his new Martin M38 guitar. C.F. Martin IV personally handed over the guitar to Allan, along with Chris Thomas of Martin Guitars.

After visiting the Fair, Allan travelled to Kassel to rehearse with Hannes Wader for the up-coming tour in May (see Tours page). Many thanks to Andy Jelitte and Udo Roesner of the AER Amps Group who allowed Hannes and Allan to check out their range of amps in their rehearsal rooms in Fuldabrueck, Kassel. (www.aer-amps.com)

After a productive two days with Hannes, Allan drove north to Northeim and visited Stockfisch Records. Gunter Pauler of Stockfisch suggested preparing and releasing a special compilation limited edition double CD with tracks from Allan's T Records days - selections from "Win or Lose", "Lines", "So Long", and "Faded Light". These CDs were never released in Germany (apart from "So Long") and many German fans have asked for these CDs, so the decision has been made - preparations are underway and the double CD will be released within a few months.

Allan and Hannes rehearsing with AER amps C F Martin 4th presents Allan with his new Martin M38
Allan with Chris Thomas of Martin Guitars and new Martin M38 Allan at Stockfisch Studios with new Martin M38

March 13, 2011
Allan Meets Up with Fairport

Allan meets up with his old friends, Fairport Convention, at York Opera House. Allan never forgets to credit Fairport Convention for inviting him to be the support act for their British tour in 1970, and as a result he got his first recording contract with United Artists Records.

Allan with Fairport
Simon Nicol, Gerry Conway, AT, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg, Ric Saunders.

Jan. 30, 2011
Two Special Upcoming Concerts

Allan has two special concerts coming soon; the first is on 23 February and will be a tribute concert for the singer-songwriter, Ewen Carruthers, who died on October 5th 2010. Allan and Ewen had been friends since the early seventies, and on one of the few occasions when Allan has recorded songs by other writers, it was Ewen’s song “Rubenstein Remembers” that Allan chose (on the CD Lines). Ewen lived for many years in Newark, close to San Francisco but recently he returned to live in England. The photograph below shows Ewen with Allan’s guitar (a Washburn semi-acoustic) that Allan kept especially for Ewen when he came over from the States to do a few gigs in England.

Artists appearing on the concert will be Allan, Steve Tilston, Simon Alexander, Jiva, Steve and Mike Marchant (who were both part of the trio with Ewen in the early seventies) and there may even be a surprise guest. Details of venue etc. are on the Tours page.

The other special concert Allan is making is with Rab Noakes on 25th February in Belfast, at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival (details on the Tours page). Allan and Rab will be on stage together for the whole evening, recounting their journey from the 60’s to the present day by swapping songs, anecdotes and even playing together on some songs. This show was a huge success at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, so it promises to be a great night.

Ewen with Allan's Washburn
Ewen Carruthers with Allan's Washburn semi-acoustic.

Jan. 2, 2011
Barnaby Taylor BBC Series Starts Jan. 3

Allan's son Barnaby who won an Emmy for his music on the BBC Film series "Wild China" has recently composed the music for a new series called "The Bear Family and Me", to be shown on BBC at 21.00 hours on 3, 4, and 5 January. Allan played guitar for the session.

Aallan & Barnaby
In Barnaby's studio

Dec. 5, 2010
“Old Friends” Tour with Hannes Wader, Akustik Guitarre Film Reviews,
Photos from Ueffilo Gig in Puglia and Wengen Birthday Celebration

Allan Taylor and Hannes Wader -  “Old Friends” Tour.

Allan and Hannes have decided to make a short tour together. Since Hannes translated and recorded Allan’s song “It’s Good To See You” (Gut Wieder hier zu sein) Allan and Hannes have met up occasionally and played for fun. They both thought that sooner rather than never would be a great time to do a tour together, so they will be touring during May 2011. They will both be on stage together for the entire evening singing songs from each other’s repertoire. Check out the Tours page for details.

Old Friends Tour Poster
Photo by Martin Huch

Akustik Guitarre Film Reviews

The Magazine Akustik Guitarre from Germany has reviewed Allan’s two films:
Review of the Concert DVD, Live in Belgium and the documentary film The Endless Highway from Akustik Guitarre No. 4, 2010:
 
A more moving commercial for Allan Taylor than the concert scenes on this BluRay/DVD is hardly imaginable.  However, they are not even the centre of focus; more than anything this film is about the songwriter’s poetic and musical development.  “I was twelve, maybe thirteen years old, hanging out on the Brighton promenade”, this is how the portrait of the artist as a travelling musician begins. 
His starting point as a teenager was his passion for the English poets as well as his fascination with the Beatniks who populated the British coastal resorts every Sunday throughout the fifties:  beautiful women, nonconformist jazz musicians, fingerpicking guitarists playing folk, blues, and ragtime.  Kerouac’s On the Road, folk fingerpicking and Davy Graham’s DADGAD launched Taylor’s own songwriting.  The love for the former’s spiritual source brought him to the USA and back to Europe; he can be seen polishing his songs in hotels and bars (“There I find the material for all the songs I ever wanted to write.”)
The recording session for a song at Stockfish Records concludes a quiet yet great story.  Great because it has been told in brilliant pictures, with lots of intelligence, poetic sense and realism, immense sensuousness and by Taylor’s impressive voice.  Despite his sometimes solemn anxiety about the quality of each new song, the Briton stirs a rich lust for this (at times) romantic livelihood, without having neglected his solid craftsmanship: whoever is willing to listen and watch closely will get immensely valuable tips, not only to accompany a song like Taylor can on the guitar, who has never depended on a band.


Photo from Ueffilo Gig in Puglia

Many thanks to Urbano, Francesco, Paola and Ciccio for a wonderful time in Puglia.
Photos from Ueffilo Gig
Allan at Ueffilo in Gioia del Colle, Puglia. Photo by Francesco Tritto

Photos from Allan's Birthday Celebration in Wengen

Many thanks to Bernard Gethings for the photos.
 
Allan Singing Allan and Harpist
Allan Singing in Wengen Allan accompanied by Nadia Birkenstock
Ensemble View from Wengen
Nadia Birkenstock, Allan, Vlado Kreslin, Ulli Boegershausen The view from Wengen. All photos by Bernard Gethings

Nov. 7, 2010
Great Review in Audiophile Audition of Songs for the Road

On October 26 Audiophile Audition published a review of Allan Taylor – Songs For The Road
The link is: Audiophile Audition


Oct. 9, 2010
A Word from Allan, In The Groove, Songs for the Road

Hi Everyone,

I’m back home for a few days before the German tour and I just wanted to drop you all a line to thank you all for making the concert in Wengen on 25th September such a great night - a night to be remembered for a long time. Thanks also to Ulli Boegershausen, Nadia Birkenstock and Vlado Kreslin for joining me on stage for some songs to help in the celebration. It was lovely to have so many friends and family around me for this special occasion - many of you travelling a great distance to be there. Thank you. I’ll be playing some concerts in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Italy and UK during the next two months (check the tours page on the website), so I hope to see you somewhere out there on “The Endless Highway”.

Product news: Stockfisch have released (this week): In the Groove and Songs for the Road

In the Groove

A special edition Vinyl (180gram) for the audiophiles. The series (involving many of the Stockfisch artists) is called “In The Groove”, and Allan’s is the first to be released.
Allan Taylor – In the Groove – SFR 357.8007.1 180g Vinyl-LP

  Song Original Album  
Side A      
1 Brighton Beach Colour To The Moon 4:24
2 Back Home To You Leaving At Dawn 4:43
3 Chimes At Midnight Old Friends - New Roads 4:06
4 Frenchtown Hotels & Dreamers 4:47
5 Red On Green Leaving At Dawn 3:45
Side B      
6 Colour to the Moon Colour to the Moon 4:30
7 For Those We Knew Hotels & Dreamers 3:53
8 Leaving At Dawn Leaving At Dawn 4:18
9 The Dove Looking For You 3:06
10 Save The Last Dance For Me Behind The Mix 5:50

Songs for the Road

A Maxi CD entitled “Songs for the Road” has also been released. SFR 357.9010.2 – SACD Hybrid-Maxi: DSD-Stereo/Enhanced CD-Audio SACD. Stereo requires SACD player.

I chose these songs (all new) to record with bass, electric guitar and drums specifically for the release of the article about my song “The Almost Man”/”A Promise and a Porsche” in the official Porsche magazine, Christophorus.
This Hybrid Disc contains also a CD layer playable on any standard CD player. The CD layer of this SACD also contains additional video material on a data partition for use in a computer.

1 Dedicated To … 5:21
2 A Promise And A Porsche 4:40
3 Let The Music Flow 4:39
4 Dancing On A Saturday Night 3:20
5 Midnight Call 4:20
     
  Total time 22:19

Musicians:
Allan Taylor: vocal & guitar
Michael Koschorrek: guitar, lap steel guitar, tremolo guitar, dobro, electric guitar
Ralf Gustke: drums, percussion
Hans-Jörg Maucksch: fretless bass, electric bass
Dieter Burmester: electric bass
Michael Kleinhans: tuba
The CD-Audio layer also contains CD-ROM video content: A 10 minutes extract from Stockfisch Blu-ray Disc/DVD-Video „The Endless Highway“ – a documentary film about my life on the road.

The Maxi CD is available from the Orders page.

Thanks everyone, and safe travelling,
Allan


Sept. 5, 2010
Porsche Maxi CD, Birthday Concert

Allan has just returned from the Stockfisch Records studio in Northeim. He has recorded five new songs for the Maxi CD which will include a ten minute excerpt from his film The Endless Highway. The release of the CD will be at the end of October, to coincide with the publication of the official Porsche magazine, Christophorus which will include the article written about Allan. The CD will include the song “A Promise and a Porsche” which Allan has adapted from the song he wrote about his father, “The Almost Man”.

In the studio photo are:
Dieter Burmester (of the Burmester Hi-Fi Company, who most recently designed the sound system for the new Porsche Panamera), Hans-Jorg Maucksch and Gunter Pauler, sound engineers and producers of Stockfisch Records and Allan. Allan used a Martin 000EC and his Martin D18 custom for the recordings.

Regarding Allan’s birthday concert in Wengen, Switzerland on 25 September: please note that is now sold out. However, for those in the area, Allan will be playing an extra concert in Switzerland a few days later, on 1st October.

Dieter Burmester, Hans-Jorg Maucksh, Gunter Pauler, Allan Taylor

July 25, 2010
Harold Chapman Exhibition

Allan has been invited by Harold Chapman (the photographer who chronicled the seven years of The Beat Hotel in Paris) to the premier of his exhibition in London on 28 July 2010. Harold will be in London for the day, not only for the exhibition but also for an interview with BBC Radio 4. Allan may even take his guitar and play what has become one of his most requested songs, “The Beat Hotel”.

Read about Harold Chapman in The Independent.

Further News:
Allan will be returning to the Stockfisch Studios in Germany at the end of August to record a Maxi CD of 4 – 5 songs to coincide with the publication of the article about Allan in the official Porsche magazine, Christophorus.

Allan at Stockfisch Studios on July 10.

July 13, 2010
Skagen Festival, Audio Magazine, Patrick Ferryn

Allan just returned from the Skagen Folk Festival in Denmark. Though he wentfor the holiday, he was asked to perform on a few occasions, especially for the Finale where his song "It's Good To See You" is always sung as the final
song of the festival.

Allan will be in the Stockfisch studios on 12/13 July recording a special project for Audio magazine in Germany. Further recording sessions are planned for later in the month for a Maxi CD - more details later.

For our French speaking friends, Patrick Ferryn (the director of the film about Allan, The Endless Highway), is interviewed in Belgium – check out:
dailymotion.com

And for our Danish friends, check out the special 40 year Anniversary book of Skagen Festival – called “It’s Good to See You” by Jorgen Pyndt:
 
From www.skagenfestival.dk  and www.forlagetnordkraft.dk

Arlo Guthrie, Allan, Tom Paxton, John Sheehan (of the Dubliners) Allan, Hans Graasvold, Tom Paxton
Hans Graasvold and Allan

June 19, 2010
The "Almost Man" Porsche Photos, News from Austria

The Porsche story (regarding Allan’s song “The Almost Man”) has been written and will appear in the official Porsche magazine, “Christophorus”, in the November issue. Allan, along with journalist Reiner Schloz and photographer Markus Leser, recreated the journey Allan took with his father’s ashes; Leeds, London, Brighton and Sompting (where he scattered the ashes). On the way Allan revisited The Troubadour in London, where he had played some gigs in the late sixties and early seventies (a place that also had gigs from Paul Simon and Tom Paxton and many others), and then they travelled to Brighton beach, where Allan’s journey as a musician began. Many thanks to Porsche GB for giving Allan the 911 Carrera S for a week – unfortunately he had to give it back.

Allan is now back from Austria – a couple of gigs and some time spent with Allan’s friend, Pinky, made for a pleasant week.

While Allan was performing in Austria the artist Gerald Brettschuh made many drawings and gave one to Allan.

On the way back from Styria Allan stopped in Vienna to record a song with his old friend from Slovenia, Vlado Kreslin (www.kreslin.com)

Many thanks to those who came to the gigs. Allan is already planning next year’s tour of Austria.

Heading South Brighton Beach
Heading South Brighton Beach
Ashes Allan and Pinky
Ashes at Sompting Allan and Pinky in Austria
Portrait
Allan and Gerald
Drawing of Allan by Gerald Brettschuh Allan and Gerald Brettschuh
At Blue Garage With Vlado
Allan at the Blue Garage Allan with Vlado Kreslin in Vienna

May 31, 2010
The "Almost Man" Recording for Porsch, Vinyl Releases, Review of The Endless Highway

Allan has recorded a new version of “The Almost Man" (on the Leaving at Dawn CD) for the Porsche organization. The new version is called “A Promise and a Porsche” and is the result of a conversation Allan had with Dieter Burmester, of the Burmester HiFi Company.

During the Hi-End Exhibition in Munich in May 2009 where Allan and Stockfisch Records were presenting Allan’s new CD (Leaving at Dawn) and his documentary film (The Endless Highway) Allan met the Burmester Hi-Fi Company and got to know the team. They were using his CD Hotels and Dreamers to demonstrate their equipment (the best HiFi available!) and during the course of the weekend Allan told the story about his father and why he had bought a Porsche to Dieter Burmester, who had been commissioned to design and build the sound system for the new four-door Porsche, the Panamera.
Some-time later Dieter told this story to the Porsche organization, and subsequently, Christophorus (the official Porsche magazine) decided to write an article about Allan, telling the story and making the journey one more time. The Porsche organization will send a journalist and photographer to England to re-create the journey Allan took with his father’s ashes, from Leeds to London and then on to Brighton.
Further news regarding Porsche and Burmester: Allan’s CD Hotels and Dreamers was used for the North American launch event of the Porsche Panamera.

Stockfisch Records have decided to release two vinyl record containing tracks from Allan’s last four CDs. As yet a release date has not been decided, but details will follow when we know. The vinyl series will be called In the Groove.

A superb review by David Kidman of Allan’s documentary film The Endless Highway is published in Britain’s premier acoustic music magazine, fRoots. Check out www.frootsmag.com.

Tour details of Denmark in September and Germany in October/November are now posted on the Tours page.
Allan will be flying to Austria for just two concerts in June (details on Tours page) and staying with his friend Pinky at his wonderful place in Styria for a few days. Ideally situated on Weinstrasse no doubt the superb wine in the area will inspire some new songs.

Allan Performing in Paris
Allan, Burmester and Porsche - North American launch of Porsche Panamera Allan and Dieter Burmester - Munich - May 2009

March 7, 2010
Paris. A Word from Allan:

It was great to be back in Paris. I was there for the screening of the film The Endless Highway and to play a concert. The Director of the film, Patrick Ferryn, and the Cameraman Michel Baudour came through from Brussels and we all stayed at the Hotel Villa des Princes in Rue Monsieur Les Princes. The hotel is only fifty yards from what used to be the Bar Monaco, where Alex Campbell and Derroll Adams used to sing, usually in the street in front of the café in the 50s. I had been there almost twenty years ago when the café/bar still looked exactly the same as it did in the 50s, but now it has completely changed and there is nothing to remind one of the history of the early days of the folk song revival and the crazy times of the Beat period.

I was there with the French singer/songwriter/author Marc Robine researching the story of Alex for a programme I was making for the BBC (produced by Rab Noakes). Marc was showing me around Paris to help with the research. A few years later I made a songwriting trip to Paris for a couple of weeks, staying in the Bastille area, and it was in Marc’s apartment (less than fifty yards from where the great chanteuse Edith Piaf was born) that I wrote “Brighton Beach”. During that trip I also wrote “Creole Girl”.

The film was shown with the French narration and it was the first time I’d seen it on a big screen. After the screening we took questions from the audience and I then played the concert. It was a memorable evening and many thanks are due to Jacques Deniel for promoting this concert and screening.

On Sunday we did the tourist bit; Les Deux Magots café where two literary giants I admire - Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus - spent a lot of time. And then it was on to Le Procope where another of my favourite writers, Oscar Wilde, in his self-imposed exile would frequent and hold court. We visited the Hotel Vieux Paris that used to be The Beat Hotel and met again Madame Odillard who very proudly showed us the plaque that commemorates the Beat poets, novelists and artists who lived there in the 50s and early 60s. Part of The Endless Highway was filmed there and it was good to see her again. At the time of filming she had told me that she had my song “The Beat Hotel” on her answer-phone with the lines “Welcome to Nirvana at the Beat Hotel” - I’m not sure if that's still the case.

Saint Germain is still the best area to be in Paris and I’m thinking of making another songwriting trip there; maybe this time I’ll rent an apartment for a couple of weeks and just write and see what happens.

There are a few more adventures coming this year - I’ll post the details when they are confirmed. I’m taking less work in 2010 to allow time away from the endless slog of one gig after another. I’ve done that for too many years and now I’m looking for other experiences so I can write some new songs, so I’ll be playing fewer concerts this year.

Allan Performing in Paris
Allan performing at Cinema Jean Vigo
Allan at Cinema Jean Vigo
   
Allan at Les Deux Magots
Allan at Les Deux Magots in St. Germain, Paris. Photo taken at Cinema Jean Vigo on the day of the screening/concert:
Patrick Ferryn (Director), Allan, Michel Baudour (Cameraman)

March 7, 2010
Allan's PA System for Sale


Allan is selling his PA sound system as he will soon be acquiring a smaller system. The system includes:
Fohhn Speaker System Xperience 2 – Hi Fi quality PA: 2 Top speakers, 1 sub speaker with integral 1000 watt digital amplifier plus covers for all.
Mackie Onyx 1220: 12 channel studio-quality mixer – premium analogue with flight case.
T.C. Electronics M3000 reverb and chorus unit rack mounted monitor speaker (db technologie)
Manuals for all and all cables and leads
Price: £2,550.00 (or 3,000 Euros)
Please contact Allan at enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk
Note: As of March 2010, the cost of a new Fohhn Experience 2 system (2 side speakers and one sub XS-20 active amp and bass speaker) is £3,549.00 . The cost of the Mackie Onyx new is approximately £475.00.

 
Allan’s Fohn PA System For Sale

March 7, 2010
Allan on a Cover version of “The Morning Lies Heavy”:

The young Scottish group, Breabach, have recorded the song I wrote in 1971, “The Morning Lies Heavy”, a song inspired by my brother-in-law Jimmy who was called to the draft in America during the Vietnam War. It’s great to know that a song I wrote so long ago still resonates with a new generation. Thanks to Patsy Reid (who sings and plays fiddle in the band) for sending me the CD. Check out www.breabach.com


February 7, 2010
Ulli Boegershausen’s plays “Back Home to You”

Check out Ulli Boegershausen’s You Tube page where he is playing “Back Home to You” with TABs available on request. 


January 18, 2010
The Endless Highway Trailer

A trailer of the documentary film has now been posted on YouTube - see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8TUFL3YvIs


December 23, 2009
The Endless Highway, Best Friends

Release of the Documentary Film about Allan's life on the road, called The Endless Highway.

News from Stockfisch Records is that the film is finally finished and will be delivered to Stockfisch on 23 December, 2009. Each unit will consist of two discs of the same film, one in DVD format and the other in BluRay. For French speakers there is a synchronized track in French. Those of you who are interested please go to the Orders page to order your copy.

Best Friends

Jimmy and Val (jiva), who help Allan with the administration of the business side of his life on the road (along with John Deane in New York who organizes Allan’s website) have recorded their first CD entitled Best Friends on which they have recorded Allan’s song “Back Home To You”. Contact them at www.jiva.co.uk


December 13, 2009
A Word from Allan

The German tour was a great success. I enjoyed playing some new clubs as well as returning to my old favourites. Most of the concerts were sold out, and I had chance to meet up with many old friends along the way. Hannes Wader came to the first gig in Bad Karlshafen and we sang “It’s good to see you” (Gut, wieder hier zu sein) together at the end of the gig. We may do some gigs together in 2011. Ben Sands dropped in to the gig in Einbeck (Ben is great songwriter from Ireland, and performs solo and with The Sands Family). Beppe Gambetta (the guitarist from Italy) came to the Ansbach gig and Santino de Bartolo came to Altenkirchen. I have translated three of Santino’s songs and at the end of the tour I recorded them in Bonn for Santino’s new CD (to be released in February). Helmut Debus came to the gig at Stuhr – Helmut’s son Jacob, though only sixteen years old, is a very good guitarist. In the dressing room Jacob played my song “Cry from the heart” for me; it’s a difficult song to play but Jacob did it well – I was surprised.
I played two concerts with the group Laway. Thanks Balou for arranging this, and thanks for your great translation into Plattdeutsch of my song “It’s good to see you”.
The Kanapee gigs in Hannover were special. All three were sold out – it’s a great place to play because it has a special ambience. Many thanks to Yassir and Annette. At the Berlin gig the Burmester Hi-Fi team came, and it was great to see Dina, Stephi, Ralf and Dieter. We may be working on a project together in the New Year – but more on that later.

One very special meeting was with Andreas and Andrea Gaertz in Waldkreiburg. Andreas has made a very good translation of “Boy becomes the Man”(the song I wrote for my son, Barnaby), and he told me the story of how it came to be. It was a favourite song of Andreas and his son Florian. After finishing his apprenticeship Florian was due to take a year out and travel the world before going to university, but tragically he was killed in a car crash. For his memorial, Andreas made the translation. They asked me if I would play the song that night and I did, and dedicated it to Andreas and Andrea. Here is the translation:

Der Junge wird zum Mann (Boy Becomes the Man)

Der Junge steht am Uferrand, schaut hinaus aufs Meer
Schiffe in der Ferne, es zieht ihn hinterher
Er wirft Steine in das Wasser Wellenkreise Zieh’n geschwind
Er reitet drauf nach Afrika sein Haar zersaust der Wind
Haar zersaust vom Wind, Haar zersaust vom Wind

Die Karte ueber seinem Bett nachts beschaeftigt sie ihn sehr
Er traeumt sich um den Erdball ‘rum, ser Sonne hinterher
Er geht vorwaerts Richtung Westen auf der Suche nach der Sonn’.
Hat der Kreis sich dann geschlossen, beginnt er noch mal von vorn
Noch einmal von vorn, noch einmal von vorn.

Und der Vater sieht den Burschen in dem der Mann schon sitzt
Er kennt den Geist der Freiheit der aus diesen Augen blitzt
Es ist sein Blick aus jener Zeit als er war einst der Sohn
Und er weiss, das ser ihn verliert denn aus dem Jungen wird ein Mann
Der Junge wird zum Mann, der Junge wird zum Mann

Und der Weg geht immer weiter geh ihn so lang du kannst
Wenn du nicht mehr reisen willst, komm wieder heim, mein Sohn
Wieder heim mein Sohn, wieder heim mein Sohn

During the tour I heard from Holger Hansen saying he wanted to buy the Martin guitar I was selling. It is now his!
Thanks to all of you who came to the concerts, and came to say hello. I enjoyed meeting you all, and I especially enjoyed playing some new venues. This is the last tour I will play of such length – next year the tour will be much shorter, although hopefully, I’ll see you all again. I will be planning this tour myself, so if you want to contact me, either just to make contact or to arrange a concert, please contact me on enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk. Thanks Germany for another great time “on the road in Germany”.



October 17, 2009
New Songbook Available, Allan's 65th Birthday Celebration, German Tour, Allan's Martin 000028H for Sale

We Must Journey On: Songs of Allan Taylor Vol. 2
Allan's second songbook is now available. The book's 191 pages contain 46 songs, anecdotes and background information. updated  details of guitars and PA, colour pictures, album discography  (from "Sometimes" through to "Leaving At Dawn") and text about the two DVD/Blu-Ray discs (the Live In Belgium concert  and the Endless Highway documentary). It follows the same format as the last re-print of Volume 1 in that it is A5 wirobound (excellent for those who want to see the words/chords while playing the songs).

You can buy the book either at Allan's gigs or from his website Orders page.
 
Allan's 65th Birthday Celebration, Wengen, September 2010
We have received quite a number of replies and Allan is making enquiries with a hotel regarding details of their charges/discounts for this special weekend. If the weekend does go ahead then it will be for the weekend of 24/25/26 September 2010 as shown in the September update email.
 
Autumn Tour
Allan began his autumn tour in Germany on the 16th October in Bad Karlshafen and is very much looking forward to this and to meeting up with many of you. Details of where he is playing are on the Tours page and can also be found on his MySpace profile (www.myspace.com/allantaylorsongwriter).
 

Allan's Martin 000028H for Sale
Allan has decided to sell his Martin 000028H. Bought in 1995 and customized by Ralph Bown (double scratch plate, special machine heads and Highlander Pick-up), Allan has used it for most of his recordings since then. Only 182 of this model were made, making it extremely rare for a Martin. Some of the songs written on this guitar are: "Colour to the Moon," "Some Dreams," "Brighton Beach," "Creole Girl," "The Beat Hotel" (a full list is available to the lucky purchaser). Of course it has a Martin moulded case. Allan will sign the inside of the guitar if required. The price will be in the region of £4,000.00. Contact enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk if you’re interested and/or if you want to know more.

Songbook Volume 2
Martin 000028H
Songbook Volume 2
Allan's Martin 000028H



October 16, 2009
Allan’s son, Barnaby Taylor, wins Emmy

We’re very pleased to announce that Barnaby Taylor has won an Emmy (News and Documentary Awards in New York) for his music on the BBC series “Wild China – Heart of the Dragon”. The series also won two further awards, for Editing and Cinematography. The programmes are available on DVD from most distributors.

Barnaby was in Nairobi, Kenya, last week recording the Masai for his new project for the BBC about the Rift Valley of Africa.

Barnaby with Masai
Barnaby Taylor with Masai

September 13, 2009
Allan's 65th Birthday Celebration in Switzerland

As 2010 will be Allan’s 65th year he is planning on having a special concert to celebrate. All are welcome, and he hopes those of you who went to Brussels can be there as he missed you all due to his hospitalisation.

One of Allan’s favourite places is Wengen, in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. It is a beautiful place in the mountains which is only accessible by mountain railway from Lauterbrunnen in the valley. If driving, leave your car in the Lauterbrunnen car park. Nearest airports are Geneva or Zurich (4 hours from Wengen), Basle (2 hours from Wengen) or Bern (one and half hours from Wengen).

The plan would be:
· Friday: Arrive Wengen, check in to hotel.
· Saturday:
    · Around 17:00 train to Allmend (the first stop on the route from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and the Eiger – journey time 15 minutes)
    · Hot food/running buffet at the venue in Allmend.
    · Concert starts at 20:30, ends around 22:30 (Allan is hoping to have some of his musician friends there as guest artists).
    · A special train will be booked to take people back to Wengen around midnight.
· Sunday: Lazy day. Evening – a meal in the hotel.
· Monday: Leave Wengen.

The two weekends under consideration are:
September 24, 25 and 26 or October 1, 2 and 3, 2010.

To negotiate the best hotel deal we need to know who would be interested in coming. Please let us know if you are interested and which weekend would suit you the best.

Please contact us on: enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk


August 30, 2009
The Furies, German Tour, Ely Festival Review

The great Irish band “The Fureys” have recorded Allan’s song “Crazy Amsterdam” (the song he wrote about Colin Scott, one of the legendary characters in the British Folk Song Revival). Allan has been friends with the band since the early seventies, and they have recorded a few of Allan’s songs. They will be touring the UK in spring of next year (check out their website) and Allan will no doubt meet up with them at one of their gigs. As Allan says, “few people can sing my songs with as much heart as The Fureys – they’re a great bunch of Lads – I always love to hear what they do with a song of mine.”

Details of the October/November German tour are now listed on the Tours page.

Below is the review of Allan’s gig at the Ely Festival in Maverick Magazine:

Last act up on the afternoon session was folk troubadour Allan Taylor, and his velvety voice and intricate guitar playing along with his storybook songs pulled the whole audience into his musical world. He reminded me a little of Tom Russell on the Mexican border styled tune "Los Companeros", and James Taylor on the wonderful ballad "Got To Get Back Home". Every song was a lyrical masterpiece and I especially loved "The Stranger" with its slightly haunting feel to it. I also enjoyed "New York In The Seventies" with its references to Bob Marley and Bruce Springsteen as well as the very sad and tremendously hard-hitting lyrics of "Roll On The Day" all about the miners who died of black lung disease. David Knowles, Maverick Magazine


August 7, 2009
The Finale at Skagen Festival, Special Event for Barnaby Taylor,
New Cover of "It's Good to See You, New Review of Leaving at Dawn
Skagen
Allan sings his song "It's Good to See You" (The festival song) for the finale of the Skagen Folk Festival in Denmark.

Special event on September 22, 2009:

At the Colston Hall in Bristol (boxoffice@colstonhall.org) there will be an evening, hosted by David Attenborough, showing the BBC award winning film “Natures Great Events”, with music by Barnaby Taylor and Ben Salisbury, played by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Needless to say, Allan will be there to support his son, Barnaby.


New Cover of "It's Good to See You"

Allan has had another cover version of “It’s Good to See You” – Gerd Brandt (Balou) with his group Laway (with whom Allan has performed a couple of concerts) has translated “It’s Good to See You” into Plattdeutsch, the old German language from the northern part of Germany.Allan will be playing two more concerts with Laway during his October/November tour (details to follow).

New Review of Leaving at Dawn

Read David Kidman's review in the new issue of fRoots of Leaving at Dawn, hich can be found on the Press page.


July 25, 2009
New Reviews, New Project with Barnaby Taylor

The July 17 issue of Audiophile Audition includes a review of Leaving at Dawn. Here is the link: Audiophile Audition

For our German-speaking friends, here is a review of the concert film, Allan Taylor Live in Belgium, in Sempre Audio.

Allan has been in the studio with his son, Barnaby, recording music for a BBC documentary called The Bear Man of Northwood. Barnaby has been nominated for an Emmy for the music he wrote for the BBC series Wild China.

Allan and Barnaby
Allan and Barnaby Taylor in Barnaby's studio.
Allan in Munich
Allan at the High End Exposition in Munich in front of the Stockfisch Studio backdrop
explaining the finer points of English traditional folksongs to two folksong enthusiasts!

July 10, 2009
A couple of photos from Allan’s recent tour of Denmark, Germany and Austria

Allan Live in Munich
Allan and Pinky
Live in munich at the Munich High End Exposition
Photo by Sarah Rotter
Allan and Pinky Wall. Many thanks to Pinky for his hospitality at his place in Styria.

June 24, 2009
Live Concert DVD/BluRay Disc Available


Live in Belgium – Allan’s new DVD/BluRay disc is ready. Each box will contain a DVD and BluRay disc and will be available from the Orders page.
The documentary film The Endless Highway should be ready soon.


Allan in Denmark
Allan at Ikast, Denmark.  Photo by Anders Mikkelsen.  www.andersmikkelsen.dk

March 1, 2009

The New CD is now available!
Allan's new CD Leaving At Dawn is now released and available to purchase from his website (orders page). It will, of course, also be available from Allan on his gigs. The CD is a hybrid CD/SACD disc and can be played on conventional CD players as well as on SACD players in stereo or 5.1 surround sound.


February 12, 2009
Change of Date: Film Screening and Concert Weekend in Brussels
Now scheduled for Saturday, June 6th

The date of the concert and premier/screening of the film documentary about Allan's life on the road has had to be changed to June 6th. This is because Stockfisch Records (the producers) cannot guarantee that the film will be ready by April 18th and have decided that they will give the first showing at the High End Trade Fair and Exhibition in Munich (www.highendsociety.de) during May 21st to 24th. This is to gain the greatest exposure and publicity because the major press and business organisations will be there. Allan will promote the film and the new CD Leaving At Dawn by playing concerts over the four days.

However, for fans and friends, Allan is insistent that his premier should be in Brussels. Therefore the premier has to be after the Munich showing, and the first available date is June 6th. The venue is the Muziekpublique, (www.muziekpublique.be) and both film screening and concert will be there. Those of you who know Allan's work will know how important Brussels is to him, and the part this great city played in Allan's development as a writer and performer (it was there that he wrote "Win or Lose", in Aux Laboureurs in October 1979 which changed his course of songwriting).

We hope this change of date will not cause too many problems for those of you who want to come; it was difficult for Allan to reschedule his commitments but there really is no alternative now we know that the film process will take so long to finalise. However, the advantages are:
• It is far enough ahead to make plans and get the best deal.
• Everything is guaranteed to be ready - the documentary film and the live concert film (available together in box set), the new CD, (set for release later this month) and, hopefully, Volume Two of the Songbook which so many of you have been asking for.
Finally, important for the guided tour of Brussels, the weather in June will be better.
• Henri Vandenberge, manager of the Brosella Folk Music organisation (De Vrienden van Brosella - Les Amis de Brosella - www.brosella.be) is coordinating the venue and hotel details. He is currently in discussion with a few Hotels to get the best hotel/dinner/breakfast deal. We will contact you again as soon as the hotel details are confirmed.

It would help us if you would let us know if you are still interested now that the date has been changed.
Please reply to: enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk


January 13, 2009
Film Screening and Concert Weekend in Brussels

Allan is planning a special weekend in Brussels for the premier screening of the documentary film about his life on the road, called The Endless Highway. The sequence of events will be as follows; Saturday 18 April – late afternoon, a screening of the film – then a break for food – then Allan will play a concert approximately one hour and a quarter. After the concert everyone is invited to the hotel for drinks etc. Henri Vandenberge will be arranging the venue and the hotel, the idea being a special deal for Hotel and dinner. Henri will conduct a tour of central Brussels on the Sunday morning following the concert. More precise details will be posted as and when, but would those of you who are interested contact us so we have some idea of how many rooms we will need at the hotel. Please contact us on: enquiries@allantaylor.co.uk


December 15, 2008
Allan Taylor Movie Previews on YouTube

Some Dreams on YouTube
Back Home to You on YouTube
Los Companeros on YouTube

 

November 30, 2008
Illness Forces Allan to Cancel Last Two Concerts on German Tour


Allan has had to cancel his concerts in Iserlohn and Osnabrueck (28 & 29 Nov.) because he has laryngitis and cannot sing. We are trying to reschedule the concerts for next year, either in May or during the October tour. Apologies to those who had a wasted journey - those who know Allan know that he rarely has to cancel a concert.


October 17, 2008
Allan Radio Interview on Omrop Fryslan (Updated Oct. 27)

Allan has just rcorded a radio interview for Omrop Fryslan which we will be broadcast on YouTube beginning today around 6:00 PM/GMT.

YouTube video clip of Allan playing 'Kerouac's Dream' - see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-LUxS88pKk.
Sound clip of Allan playing 'Back Home To You', 'Frenchtown' and 'Kerouac's Dream' on the station website - listen at http://www1.omropfryslan.nl/Player.aspx?t=a&fn=320c7ce8.wma.


September 28, 2008
Photos from Jon Wright Tribute Concert, Tonder Festival

The tribute concert in Newcastle for John Wright was a great success. The performers sang their songs that John had recorded, finishing with Allan's song, "It's Good to See You", backed by the thirty-seven members of the choir Rolling Home who came from Holland especially for the concert.

Allan at Jon Wright Tribute Concert.
Allan, Barbara (John's widow) and Robin Laing
Allan at Jon Wright Tribute Concert.
Photographs at Jon Wright Tribute Concert courtesy of Denis Dunning: www.denisdunning.com
Allan, Barbara (John's widow) and Robin Laing who sang the encore song "Black Clothes".
Allan at The Mill, Tonder Festival, using bottleneck for the song Frenchtown.
Allan at The Mill, Tonder Festival, using bottleneck for the song Frenchtown. See www.diamondbottlenecks.com  Photo by Vivi Heere.

September 5, 2008
Tonder Festival, Denmark, Aug. 31

Allan, Molly and Tim O'Brien, Tom Paxton, Robin Bullock, Guy Davis.
Allan at Tonder
Allan, Molly and Tim O'Brien, Tom Paxton, Robin Bullock, Guy Davis. Allan at Tonder.

August 7, 2008

Allan is currently in Belgium checking the first edit of the film A Noble Highway, the film about Allan’s life on the road. He’ll be there for two days and then he’ll travel to Switzerland to work on the narrative script for the film. Towards the end of the month he’ll record the narration at the Stockfisch studios in Northeim (Germany) and then he’ll travel to Denmark for the Tonder festival. Although Allan is not booked this year, he will be playing a couple of guest spots around the festival, and he’ll be performing at the Sunday afternoon concert in the Visemollen.


July 26, 2008

Allan has just returned from The Fiddlers Green Festival in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland. The final concert was recorded by Radio Ulster – Allan played three songs, two with Colum Sands. You can hear this concert by clicking on:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/radioulster/folk_club/index.shtml

The programme will be accessible from the above link from Sunday 27th July for one week.
Photos will soon be posted of Allan with Colum Sands.

Catch Allan this weekend at the Trowbridge Folk Festival where he will be doing a workshop on songwiting and a concert on Sunday.


July 10, 2008
New CD, New German Agent, Out of Time, Bermuda

Mia Chambrey and Allan
Many thanks to Mia Chambrey for lending Allan her Taylor guitar for the Bermuda concert.

On Allan's recent trip to Germany he put the finishing touches to his new CD. As we previously stated, it will be produced in Hybrid SACD format. For the more technically minded, go to www.Wikipedia.sacd for the precise description of the SACD format, for others, be assured that it will play on normal systems as well as super surround sound and super audio systems. The company that Allan records for in Germany, Stockfisch Records, has produced a sample CD in cooperation with Bowers and Wilkins speaker systems and Jaguar motor cars that features Allan and is given to every buyer of the above in Germany. Editing has started on the documentary film of Allan´s life on the road.

After the next German tour in November all future tours and concerts will be arranged by the agent, Michael Behr (See Agents on Tours page for full details).

Due to popular demand, the CD Out of Time has been re-pressed and is available from Allan - check out the Orders page. This CD contains such classics as "Roll on the Day" and "It´s Good to See You."


May 21, 2008
Film & CD Update

Allan has returned from Germany during which time he completed the filming for the documentary about his life on the road. Editing will start within a week, and will take between two and three months to complete. The film of Allan's concert in Belgium last year is edited and ready. However, the plan at the moment is that both films will be released together in a box set, hopefully for the November tour of Germany.
As for the CD, Allan has started recording the new songs and will return in a few weeks to continue the recording. The CD will be released in the SACD format.

Allan being filmed at the Stockfisch Studios in Northeim, Germany. Photo by Sarah Rotter

Allan being filmed at the Stockfisch Studios in Northeim, Germany. Photo by Sarah Rotter.


May 9, 2008
Barnaby Taylor on BBC

The first of the BBC programmes called "Wild China" for which Allan´s son Barnaby wrote the music will be broadcast on Sunday 11 May on BBC 2 at 20.00 hours.

For our German friends, the programmes have been edited to two one hour programmes and will be broadcast on Sunday 11 May and Monday 12 May at 21.45 on ARD 1.


April 26, 2008
Allan Taylor's Piano for Sale

Update, July 26 – Allan's piano has been sold.

Allan is selling his piano – a Schimmel (from Braunschweig, Germany) that he had shipped over from Germany around 20 years ago. It’s an over-strung piano made in the mid-sixties and is in perfect condition. On this piano Allan wrote the songs:

A House by the River
Notes from Paris
Pearls and Wine
A road too long
Provence (to be recorded on the new CD)
Winter (to be recorded on the new CD)

The reason for selling – Allan needs an electric piano that has the facility to be played with head phones (Allan very often works through the night on his music) meaning he will not be keeping anyone awake while he works.
If anyone is interested, please contact us on: piano@allantaylor.co.uk

Allan at home with his Schimmel piano
Allan at home with his Schimmel piano.

April 26, 2008
Photos from Hans Theessink Birthday Concert
Allan with Hans Theessink
Allan with Vlado Kreslin from Slovenia
Allan with Hans Theessink. Allan with Vlado Kreslin from Slovenia.
Allan with Donovan and Sean Cannon of the Dubliners
Allan with Donovan and Sean Cannon of the Dubliners.

April 17, 2008
Radio Scotland, Doncaster Gig, DVD & CD, Old Friends-New Roads Review,
John Wright Tribute Concert, Barnaby Taylor's Work for "Wild China"

Radio Scotland

On Wednesday 16 April Allan recorded a programme for Radio Scotland, “Iain Andersen’s Fine Tunes”, choosing some of his favourite tracks from CDs. Check Radio Scotland for broadcast times.

Doncaster Gig

On March 31 Allan had to cancel the Doncaster gig because he had bronchitis. This has now been re-scheduled for June16.

DVD & CD

The DVD of Allan’s concert in Hoeillaart Belgium in 2007 is almost finished. A shortened version will be shown at the Munich Exhibition of Hi-Fi equipment in May.
As for the documentary about Allan’s life on the road, Allan will be in Brussels on 25 to 27 April for the final filming sequences. Editing will then start and hopefully the film will be ready for the Autumn tour.
After the Venne Folk Festival (1,2,3,4, May) and two gigs at Augenweide in Muenster (9 and 10 May), Allan will be recording his new CD at Stockfisch Recording Studios in Northeim, Germany from 12 to 16 of May.

Old Friends-New Roads Review

OLD FRIENDS - NEW ROADS – Allan Taylor (Stockfisch SFR. 357.6047.2)
Allan’s one of the key songwriters of our time, a true professional as much respected by fellow-musicians as by his loyal audiences. Over some 40 years, he’s produced a large number of intense and significantly enduring songs, and his own recordings of many of those most frequently requested remain obstinately (though unavoidably) unavailable, languishing on long-deleted LPs and CDs (and yes, there’s three of Allan’s albums that I’ve never even owned on disc myself!). With this in mind, Allan has chosen to go into the studio and re-record a dozen of his best songs which fall into that unfortunate category. Yet considering its status as a collection of songs from different periods of Allan’s writing career (spanning the quarter-century from 1970 to 1994) and its originally-intended function as a kind of stop-gap pending Allan’s next album of brand new material, this set works fantastically well as a strongly unified offering in its own right which highlights both the mighty consistency of Allan’s writing craft and the unstintingly high quality of his singing and playing. It also points up the stature of Allan’s own continually evolving interpretations of his earlier material, by presenting the songs in stripped-down settings (just voice and guitar or piano) which in most cases are radically different from the original recordings. This method permits an altogether closer focus on the vocal nuances of Allan’s increasingly mature renditions, which embody what I can only describe as a more conversational delivery that brings a more intimate expression of the emotional climate and extracts further (hitherto unacknowledged) subtle insights from the lyric. The unadorned new settings serve to retrieve the essence of the songs, meaning which may over the course of time been lost in indifferent or over-cosy cover versions or buried beneath inappropriate instrumentation. The incredibly heartfelt simplicity of "Now You Know" still speaks emotional volumes, as do other oft-requested songs such as "Flower In The Snow" and "For An Old Friend." Priceless observational pieces like Urban Love Song glisten like freshly-polished jewels, while the reflective "Chimes At Midnight" (one of three songs on which Lutz Moeller’s grand piano takes the place of Allan’s guitar) also gains much from being shorn of its late-80s full-band arrangement). Yes, Allan, at the present moment you very probably “couldn’t possibly play and sing any of them better than (you) have here”: snapshot in time though any recording inevitably is, I’m strongly inclined to agree. It shouldn’t be so easy to temporarily lose count of just how many great songs Allan’s written, but I suspect that even his biggest fans can be guilty of doing just that – so this immensely rewarding new CD will provide a further salutary reminder.

-David Kidman, Folk Roundabout (147), NetRhythms website – the direct link is http://www.netrhythms.co.uk/reviewst.html#allantaylor

John Wright Tribute Concert

Details for the John Wright tribute concert have been finalised (see Tours page) for September 5th, 2008 in Newcastle. Artists appearing with Allan are: John Wright’s Band, Kieran Halpin, Steve Knightley, Maartin Allcock and Troy Donockley, Thom Moore, Robin Laing, Ray Hearne, The Rolling Home Shanty Choir from Holland.
A special CD is being prepared of songs John had recorded and had not released plus songs from live performances. Also, Allan is working on putting music to three poems John recorded shortly before he died, and Wendy Wetherby will be playing the cello on these pieces.

Barnaby Taylor, BBC programs: “Wild China”

Allan’s son Barnaby has been busy working on six programmes for the BBC about China, called “Wild China.” The programmes are now finished and will be broadcast on the following dates at 9 pm.:

BBC2 - Sunday, May 11th at 9pm:
P1 - Heart of the Dragon (Phil Chapman) -Sunday 11th May
P2 - Shang-ri La (Kathryn Jeffs) - Sunday 18th May
P3 - Tibet (Gavin Maxwell) - Sunday 25th May
P4 - Beyond the Great Wall (George Chan) - Sunday 1st June
P5 - Land of the Panda (Gavin Maxwell) - Sunday 8th June
P6 - Tides of Change (Charlotte Scott) - Sunday 15th June
It has been mentioned by the schedulers that the time may change to 8pm so keep an eye out in the tv guides but hopefully it will stay at 9pm.

For excerpts of the music, check out Barnaby’s website, www.barnabytaylor.com and go to “new commissions”.

Photos of Allan’s recent tour of Austria will soon be posted.


March 9, 2008
Danish Tour Photos

Allan has returned from the Danish tour. It was with mixed emotions that he played the tour after John Wright's tragic death a week before the tour was due to start. For each concert, Allan requested that on the stage there should be a table with candles and a glass of wine. As on the previous tour three years ago John and Allan always had a table on stage for one to sit when the other played a solo song, and Allan felt that for this tour, somehow, John's presence should be aknowledged. Many thanks for the support so many people offered to Allan during the tour.

There will be a tribute concert in Britain and Holland later in the year for John Wright - details will be posted on this website and on John's when they are available.

Allan will be in Switzerland for the next two weeks working on songs for the new CD.

Allan on stage in memoriam John Wrigh
Allan at Strib Festiva
Allan on stage in memoriam John Wright. Photo by Anders Mikkelsen. Allan at Strib Festival, Denmark - February '08. Photo by Anders Mikkelsen.

February 14, 2008
Update on Danish Tour in Memory of John Wright

All the clubs have enthusiastically agreed to go on with the planned concerts in the hope that sales of John Wright's CDs will benefit John's family, with the exception of the Kulturhuset organizers in Arden, who have decided to cancel. Please show your support for John by attending one of the other concerts, to be found on the Tours page.


February 9, 2008
Danish Tour in Memory of John Wright

Allan will be in Denmark for the Strib Festival on Thursday 14th February.

The series of concerts originally booked as the "Allan Taylor and John Wright Tour" starting on 20th February will continue as planned, though now as a tribute to John who died on 7th February. To help John's widow, Barbara, through these hard times Allan will be selling John's CDs and DVDs.

The funeral arrangements for John Wright will be posted on his website: www.johnwrightmusic.co.uk as soon they have been decided.


February 8, 2008
Tragic News of John Wright

Allan heard this morning (8th February) that his dear friend, John Wright, died last night of a stroke. A proper tribute will follow.
Allan and John were due to tour Denmark in 10 days' time. The Danish agent is currently contacting all of the clubs to establish whether each club wants to continue with the booking. Allan wants to do the tour as a tribute to John. As soon as we know we'll post the news on this site.

John Wright and Allan
John Wright and Allan.