Dublin-based busking brothers Hudson Taylor are young, on-trend, dapper and have just signed with Polydor, released their debut album and raked in millions of YouTube hits.
belfastvibe reporter Joanne Savage has the low down on their Belfast date.
The singer/songwriting siblings, Harry and Alfie Taylor Hudson, began their music careers busking on the streets of Dublin in their early teens.
Both now barely in their twenties, Hudson Taylor have really taken off; the band even supported the Rolling Stones at London’s Hyde Park and are now in demand on the cool festival circuit.
Acoustic guitar, vocal harmonies and impromptu jamming sessions got them addicted to the music-making groove and they soon uploaded their work to YouTube which is when interest in the duo began to blossom.
The following few years saw Hudson Taylor release a handful of folksy pop singles which garnered several million online hits, making it inevitable that a major label – Polydor – would step in.
Their first release with the new label is Singing for Strangers, a collection of harmony-rich and radiant acoustic tunes whose inspirations seem to come from an era before their time: the Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell seem clear formative influences.
Singing for Strangers boasts lush vocals, sometimes reminiscent of folk-rock troubadours such as Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Signing with such a prestigious label as Polydor sees Taylor Hudson join an illustrious roll-call of artists including Madonna, Eminem, Eric Clapton and Lady Gaga, plus Northern Ireland rockers Snow Patrol.
Ulster’s Iain Archer, former Snow Patrol member and now singer with alt-Americana outfit Tired Pony, co-produced the album, along with Grammy winner Mike Einziger.
The songs on the album were all conceived organically, through jamming and working towards perfection and the lyrics are often heavily autobiographical – the duo’s anxieties about being young, moving to a big city, not having enough money, girlfriends, falling out with friends, family, struggling to get by.
World Without You is a love song and Don’t Tell Me comes close in spirit to the protest albums of Crosby, Stills and Nash and is about not judging people and the Irish referendum on gay marriage (due to take place May 22).
Hudson Taylor have confirmed that they will perform at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on May 28 and at the Nerve Centre, Londonderry on May 29.
Debut album Singing for Strangers is out now and the band will release new single World Without You in March.