Literary gracefulness of Allan Taylor

ALLAN Taylor, the ultimate folk troubadour, appears at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose, next Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Unusually, on this one occasion, Montrose Folk Club will be meeting again after only a one week gap from the appearance of Jeff Warner, on November 13.

For almost 40 years, Allan Taylor has been regarded as the consummate performer of the British folk scene. His songs are faultlessly constructed and flawlessly performed.

They are complemented with his instantly recognisable voice, attractively dark and mellow, and his intricately detailed, yet full-sounding guitar playing.

As a songwriter, Allan Taylor displays a literary gracefulness who chronicles the realism of otherwise unsung heroes, or otherwise uncharted lives.

His album, entitled ‘The Traveller’, won the Grand Prix du Disque de Montreaux for the best European Album. The songs on his CD, ‘Hotels and Dreamers’, which was awarded CD of the Year in Germany, add to a superb back catalogue of great songs.

The songs of Allan Taylor have been recorded by more than 100 other performers of various nationalities, including Don Williams, Nana Mouskouri, Frankie Miller and Fairport Convention.

There are more than 60 cover versions of his song “It’s Good to See You” in 10 different languages.

His most recent CD, ‘Leaving at Dawn’, released in 2009, shows a return to the folk style of guitar playing and song writing that Allan developed in the 1970s.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel next Tuesday for an appearance by one of the classic singer songwriters.

For over 40 years, master songwriter Allan Taylor has resolutely followed his creative muse wherever it might take him, resulting in music that has accurately been dubbed “cinema for the mind and soul”.

He will be on stage at 8 p.m.. Doors at the Links Hotel open at 7.30 p.m.