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Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, brothers Harry and Alfie of the band Hudson Taylor make beautiful acoustic folk music that really does sound like it comes from the rolling hills of that shamrock-green country. After being discovered on YouTube and making some cash by busking on the streets of Dublin and Cork, the duo began recording music and eventually released their well-received debut record Singing For Strangers in 2015, named after their love for busking, and full of both lush and stripped down folk tunes.

As recently as three weeks ago, the duo released a stripped-down EP of five songs, their first new music in over three years, called Feel It Again. Featuring all new material that showcases the brothers' multi-instrumental talent and ability to hit just the right chords with their emotionally charged tracks, the subjects ranging from love lost and won to the joy of being a touring musician.

That intimate emotion was only amplified in Baeble's cozy Brooklyn studios as the brothers discussed their bands origins in busking, what it's like to be a family in a band, and their hopes for the future of Hudson Taylor. "We're still brothers the next day," the two say, smiling as they detail their busy schedule of shows and touring that will bring them back to the US next fall.

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We're called Hudson Taylor, that is our second name.
- Yeah.
And we're from Dublin, Ireland.
- One, two, one, two, three, four.
You're not undercover You're just connected to the shame
Of your secret lover It never works out in the end
If it keeps on going You might lose your only friend
It's all connected baby It's all connected to our brains
Think a little harder When you're feeling all alone
For heaven's sake I have been screaming at you all the time
It makes no sense how he treats you How could you miss the signs?
He's been cheating on you Messin' with your head
I only say it cause I care
Maybe I dream about you Maybe I'm too afraid to say
I think about you Every second of the day
He's a hypocrite And he should be locked up in a cage
It's all connected baby It's all connected to our brains
Think a little harder When you're feeling all alone
For heaven's sake I have been screaming at you all the time
It makes no sense how he treats you How could you miss the signs?
He's been cheating on you Messin' with your head
I only say it cause I care, Oh I I only say it cause I care
For heaven's sake I have been screaming at you all the time
It makes no sense how he treats you How could you miss the signs?
He's been cheating on you Messin' with your head
I only say it cause I care
For heaven's sake I have been screaming at you all the time
It makes no sense how he treats you How could you miss the signs?
He's been cheating on you Messin' with your head
I only say it cause I care Say it cause I care
- Yeah.
Yeah.
- It's like... How do you guys know each other? - Did you notice that? You guys can't see it right now on the camera, there's...Hudson the Dog is back there. - He's lying in the sun.
- He's totally chilled out.
But that wasn't him barking in the background, that was, you know.
- We started playing music together in 2008 when we were on this family holiday.
So, on the weekends, we'd see each other, usually film a cover song for YouTube, and then we'd also go away busking for a bit of pocket money as well.
...a whole lot better off But still I live with this constant
light on To show you the way...
- The whole of Ireland is very small so, like, you can get from this Dublin City to, like, Goway, which is another city, or Cork, within like an hour or two, and they all have really thriving music scenes.
So, yeah.
- But how we kind of started our music career, I suppose, was through busking so, playing on the street.
- We used to go and, like, you'd camp out early and get a spot and you'd be there for four, five, six hours.
We learned a lot from busking basically, really.
We learned to catch people's attention.
Like, what is it about... - What does that song have? - What is about a Beatles song or, you know, a chart song that we might have busked.
The cover that you play, you'll absorb bits and bobs and then they become part of what you end up writing yourself, I suppose.
Did you take a class on who to, Take a class on who to be friends with
'Cause now I know you're with them We are not just Sunday love
- This next song is called "Feel It Again.
" It was the first thing that we released after quite a while of not releasing any music.
And, yeah, I hope you like it.
- One, two.
I used to dance at the devil's feet He made me feel like I never wanna go
home Oh I thought he'd save my soul
Sipping at the bottom of an empty glass No I don't remember going to
hell and back But I know
Oh I was out of control
I don't wanna do this anymore Gotta pick myself up off the floor
Let it rain Let it pour Let the tears come down like a waterfall
I'd rather live with the pain than die Feeling nothing at all
Throw another penny in the wishing well One for the road and I tell myself
to go home Oh
It's better than being alone Heart as cold as a block of ice
Playing with fire and I don't think twice
But I know
Oh I'm sippin' away my soul I don't wanna do this anymore
Gotta pick myself up off the floor Let it rain Let it pour
Let the tears come down like a waterfall
I'd rather live with the pain than die Feeling nothing at all
So come on Let it in
'Cause you can't feel love till you jump right in
So whenever it hits me I'm ready to feel it again
La la la la La la la, La la la
La la la la La la la
La la la la La la la La la la
La la la la
Let it rain Let it pour Let the tears come down like a waterfall
I'd rather live with the pain than die Feeling nothing at all
So come on Let it in
'Cause you can't feel love till you jump right in
So whenever it hits me I'm ready to feel it again
So whenever it hits me I'm ready to feel it again
So whenever it hits me I'm ready to feel it again
- Nice.
- Sweet.
I used to dance at the devil's feet He made me feel like I never wanna go
home Oh
I thought he'd save my soul
- "Feel It Again" is a song that was actually in the closet for a long time.
We wrote it a while ago.
And a few friends knew it and heard about it and were really pushing us going, "What's happening with that song? Where is it? I keep singing it.
" Then, we recorded it.
We played in a band of five people.
So we re-recorded it, played it live with them.
It just took on this whole new life and really related to what's going on now with us.
Let it rain Let it pour
Let the tears come down like a waterfall I'd rather live with the pain than die
Feeling nothing at all
- Our new single is called "Run With Me," and we actually wrote that towards the end of our last album when were, kind of, thinking about what to do next and what we want to write about and all that stuff.
And it was actually just in January as well, so we were making New Year's resolutions.
- We wanted to, kind of, we have a lot of friends who play in our band with us and, actually, sometimes family members, our younger sister, Holly, plays with us sometimes too.
And so, kind of, it's a song that's, sort of, like saying, "Come along on the road with us, you know.
Everyone, let's all go together and have fun doing what we're doing," and... It's our sound.
- It's so nice.
So, that's got five songs on it.
So, the two singles that have previously been released and then, three new songs.
- One, two.
One, two.
Now we're gonna set fire To last year
Say goodbye to the songs and the old dreams we held dear
Setbacks and all of those dead ends And a million reasons why we gonna
give it in
We're all in it for the long road We're all in it for life
Run with me baby I need you more than ever
I won't let you Won't let you down
Saying all of those things that we don't mean
We get caught up in the moment and forget who we are meant to be
Oh, I'll meet you at the eye of the storm
Oh But bring your kind heart with you 'cause you know we're gonna need it
once more
We're all in it for the long road We're all in it for life
Run with me baby I need you more than ever
I won't let you Won't let you down
Come with me darling I swear we gonna make it
I won't let you Won't let you down
And all through winter I've Been dancing with an angel
She says we'll be fine Oh I
Run with me baby I need you more than ever
I won't let you Won't let you down
Come with me darling I swear we gonna make it
I won't let you Won't let you down
I won't let you Won't let you down
Run with me baby I need you more than ever
I won't let you Won't let you down
- There has been a lot of holy over the course.
Like, as we said, we started off doing covers and then started writing a lot of songs, and releasing all of our music through YouTube.
At the time, we weren't really taking music as a serious career option or anything like that.
We were both still in school or college.
- Yeah.
One particular week, I don't know, someone must have caught wind of what we were doing.
And in the space of a week, we kind of got a few emails from all these people with these obscure titles, which we didn't understand what they meant at the time.
Manager, agent.
We were like, "What do you do with all of them?" - Yeah, "Who are those people?" - So then, we moved to London, shortly after that.
I left school, Harry left college, and we moved to just make that our university instead and figure out what all of these things mean.
No hideaway, no hideaway Just words I wanna say
I will lift her love and I'll break your spirit
I will dig a hole and I'll throw you in it
Only time will tell if we're all just cynics on the run
This is the last song we're going to play.
It's from our first album and it's called "Battles.
" Thank you so much for listening and thank you to Baeble Music for having us in today.
- Yeah.
See you again soon.
- Let's do it.
One, two, one, two, three, four.
I was climbing, now I'm falling I've been pushed off by a man
Who has made it to the top And now defends it 'cause he can
And I have found a breach in his front line
I was open, now I'm hidden From the danger of his words
I have found a good position
And I'll play for what he's worth, and he will find
Nowhere left to hide
I will lift her love and I'll break your spirit
I will dig a hole and I'll throw you in it
Only time will tell if we're all just cynics on the run
If we're all just cynics come undone
I was losing, now we're drawing I'm not afraid to draw my blood Oh
I'm not backing down So I'd surrender 'cause you should
And face the truth You raise the flag, I'll tear it down
Though you may have won the battle But I'll take the fight to you
And your flag is on the ground And your bones they rattle too
'Cause I'll break you And your fear has now come true
I will lift her love and I'll break your spirit
I will dig a hole and I'll throw you in it
Only time will tell if we're all just cynics on the run
If we're all just cynics come undone
All just waiting for the gun We are tied to the truth
The tie that binds me to you And I'm acting on my words
With all that I have heard With honesty in mind
You'll find That I'm not the lie
See the truth in my eyes I'm not the lie
See the truth in my eyes In my eyes
I will lift her love and I'll break your spirit
I will dig a hole and I'll throw you in it
Only time will tell if we're all just cynics on the run
I will lift her love and I'll break your spirit
I will dig a hole and I'll throw you in it
Only time will tell if we're all just cynics on the run
If we're all just cynics come undone
Well, we're going back to Ireland.
Now, after this tour in the States, we're going to be doing a lot of gigs back home which is going to be lovely.
And yeah, lots of festivals over the summer and yeah, we're going to be coming out to the States as well this year.
So, there's plenty, plenty.
- We've reached half the block now, from now till sometime in the autumn anyways.
- Yeah.
It was really cool to just get a gage of the crowds.
- Yeah, trying to get a foot in the door, it's the first that we've kind of, as you said, met and visited a lot of these cities.
We've had people, for years, kind of, writing to us saying, "Please come here, please come here.
" So, this is like, it was a support tour that we kind of got added onto at the last minute and it was a lovely, lovely way to, sort of, give us an idea of what it might be like for us to come back.
And hopefully, that's what we're going to do, come back and do our own run of shows.
- Is it easy or difficult to be in a band with your family? - It has its moments.
Like sometimes, it can be really annoying, but I think it's the same as if it would be with any people that you're in close quarters with all the time.
So, but mostly, no.
- Because you guys can say anything to each other, right? - Yeah, yeah.
- And we're still brothers the next day.
- Exactly.
- So, yeah.
- Yeah, yeah.
I think one of the best things is, like, whatever we may have been having, as soon as we find music, it just disappears.
Did you take a class on who to, Take a class on who to be friends with
'Cause now I know you're with them And we are not just Sunday love

Artist Bio

Hudson Taylor (previously Harry & Alfie) are an Irish folk duo formed in 2011. The duo consists of brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor. They are signed to Rubyworks Records. They grew up in Dublin, where their father was a musician and their mother was a dancer. They began busking at a young age. Prior to being signed they released their dbut EP, "Battles", in August 2012, which peaked at #1 on the Irish version of iTunes and at #14 on UK version of iTunes. In November 2012, the band followed with a second EP, "Cinematic Lifestyle" and a third, "Osea", in October 2013. It was around this time that the band signed to Polydor Records in the UK.

Work began on a full-length dbut album, Singing for Strangers (a reference to the band's earlier busking), which was released in January 2015 in Ireland and the UK. Singing for Strangers peaked at number 3 in Ireland and number 24 in the UK. It included the single "Chasing Rubies", which entered the UK Singles Chart at #51.

Following the conclusion of the groups recording deal with Polydor in February 2016 Hudson Taylor were signed to Rubyworks in Ireland. They are managed by Caroline Downey, who also manages fellow label-mate Hozier.

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