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.
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.