For more than fifty years Allan Taylor has travelled the world performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs, one of the last of the travelling troubadours who came through the social and artistic revolution of the nineteen sixties, carving out a career as a solo singer-songwriter.
Born in Brighton in 1945 he experienced the Beatnik times, the Skiffle boom, the Mods and Rockers and the Hippy days, all played out on Brighton Beach. At the age of twenty-one he left home and became part of the vibrant folk scene in London, playing all of the major folk clubs of the time (for example, the famous Troubadour Club) and then to Greenwich Village, New York, playing legendary clubs such as The Gaslight and The Bitter End. He embraced the issues, images and emotions of his time and used these experiences as the basis of his songs. By the mid-seventies he returned to Europe to live and then started on the second part of his career, having now established his modus operandi collecting the stories for his songs in the bars and cafes of the USA, Europe and throughout the rest of the world.
He is considered to be one of the foremost singer-songwriters and guitarists in his genre, looking back as well as forward, and few people can convey with such eloquence their life experiences. His songs are written from a lifetime of travelling; always the observer passing through, each song is a vignette of life, like a story told over a drink in a bar, songs for the lost and lonely, for the unsung heroes of life, for those marginalized by society they all find a place in his songs. Each song has an integrity that tells you it comes from something real; characters come to life as people you know and places become as familiar as if you had been there. When this happens, you know it's an Allan Taylor concert. Sit back and enjoy the journey.
Allan is 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. His songs are written from a lifetime of travelling; always the observer passing through, each song is a vignette of life, like a story told over a drink in a bar.
See Allan Taylor tour dates
St Edith Hall
- High Street
- TN15 6NA