15th August -Bram Taylor

Lancashire Lad Bram Taylor is the welcome guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 15th August. It’s been four years since Bram last played at the Irvine Club so it will be good to hear him again.
Bram has a busy diary that covers appearances throughout the UK and also includes the US of A and Europe. He has played a couple of times at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario where he was delighted to be on the same bill as his heroes from the Sixties Gordon Lightfoot and Don Mclean.
Described as a collector and interpreter of songs, a set from Bram might include contemporary material from the likes of Colum Sands or Eric Bogle as well as traditional songs like ‘Peggy Gordon’. When selecting songs, the key question for Bram is always ‘Is this a good song’. He also like to sing material with a good chorus which will engage the audience. To date this has proved to be successful, having 10 albums to his name and all recorded on Fellside Records. The session musicians on Bram’s albums are a guide to the respect he enjoys among his peers – Stuart Hardy, Steve Lawrence, Wendy Wetherby, Alastair McCulloch and Tom McConville being just some of the names to be found on the credits.
In 2015 Bram teamed up with two of his best friends, Nick Peake and Dave Howard, who just happen to be multi-instrumentalists, and they formed The Bram Taylor Band. The Band does gigs when Bram’s diary permits.
Bram has a strong and clear voice and plays guitar, duet concertina and baritone ukulele. Mike Harding describes Bram as ‘one of the bedrock performers and stalwarts of the British Folk Club & Festival scene’. Hear for yourself when Bram Taylor is the special guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 15th August in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB. That will be the last Folk Club night before the 51st Marymass Folk Festival kicks off on Thursday 23rd August.