Irish brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor are better known as simply Hudson Taylor.

They’re the lovable Dublin folk duo who scored an Irish iTunes Number One with their debut EP ‘Battles’ in 2012, and caused a sensation on YouTube, with their acoustic sessions reaching a whopping 3 million views.

Hudson Taylor describe their own music as ‘raw and folky, like Crosby, Stills & Nash or Simon and Garfunkel’ and it’s definitely a sound that’s finding its time again as the brothers’ rise to fame has proven.

Since forming, Hudson Taylor have opened for Jake Bugg live, and even stood in for BIMM alumni, Tom Odell supporting the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in 2013. It’s a long way from their early days busking on the streets of Dublin!

Harry and Alfie paid a visit to BIMM Dublin to give a friendly and informal Masterclass. The students could see that the brothers were reassuringly close in age to many of them! Opening with a song, they then took questions from the students which led to some great constructive advice.

On the topic of songwriting Harry shared this:

“Make sure to have somewhere private to write. You’re quite vulnerable when you’re writing a song and you don’t want anyone to hear the first draft of what’s coming out of your mouth so having a room to yourself to write is really important.”

Alfie also gave us this sound advice:

“Don’t write for anyone else. Write something meaningful to you and it will most likely mean something to someone else.”

The band also discussed the importance of keeping a breadth of influence, Harry saying:

“We write stomping folky pop songs because, after all, we have to keep people’s attention! We enjoy a Katy Perry song as much as one by The Beatles.”

The band peppered the fun ninety-minute Q&A session with live renditions of some of their best songs, with their final number Don’t Know Why’ including a singalong involving the entire class! Thanks so much to the boys for showing us a mix of charisma, hard work and talent, and giving all of our BIMM students something to aim for.

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POSTED ON: January 7, 2016
  • Dublin, Guitar, Songwriting, Vocals