Bram Taylor is the guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 31st October – a man who by common consent is a no-frills, down-to-earth, easy-on-the-ear performer. Expect clear and strong vocals, an entertaining sense of humour and an excellent selection of material.
From Leigh in Lancashire, Bram’s parents were keen that their son play in the local Brass Band but somehow, young Bram moved to the guitar. Starting off playing with various duos and trios, Bram eventually went solo. He now has ten albums to his name, the most recent being Jokers & Rogues released in January this year.
Bram is an experienced performer on both the UK and international folk music scene and has built up a reputation for his fine singing. His touring takes him all over Europe, the USA and of course the UK. He has played at the Mariposa Festival in Ontario a couple of times and was particularly pleased when he was playing there alongside his heroes from the sixties Gordon Lightfoot and Don McLean.
Bram’s vocal strengths mean he is a confident acapella singer and his instrumental accompaniment is on duet concertina and acoustic guitar. His material is a mix of traditional and contemporary. Peggy Gordon, Ralph McTell’s Weather The Storm, Bogie’s Bonnie Belle and Sing Me A Song Mr Bloom might all feature in a Bram Taylor set. He describes himself as a collector and interpreter of songs – whatever their vintage. His method of selection is simple – is it a good song?
So, after you’ve been guising, celebrate Hallow’een by listening to Bram Taylor at Irvine Folk Club. All witches and warlocks welcome at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road for an 8pm start. It’s BYOB and that goes for Treacle Scones too!