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Bill Taylor & Geert Van Geele
William Taylor Two Worlds of the Welsh Harp Dorian DOR-90260 CD 1999.
This CD showcases Bill Taylor's mastery of the medieval Welsh solo harp repertory from the Robert ap Huw manuscript, performed on a buzzing bray harp, intermixed with later Welsh music from Edward Jones's published collections. Excellent early harp music, superbly played, highly recommended. This is (or was before the release of Bill's Musica) the definitive recording of a key parallel repertory to the Gaelic harp tradition. Now out of print and very hard to find.
One copy only available, £33. Contact me for availability and postage.
Rob Mackillop & Bill Taylor
Dorian DIS-80141, 1997
This second disc from the musicians and singers of the Rowallan Consort presents a selection of medieval ecclesiastical music in instrumental settings for lute, clarsach and bray harp, as well as a 20-minute performance of the epic ballad 'Greysteil'. Out of print and hard to find.
Secondhand CD in stock now, £25. Contact me for availability and postage.
The Rowallan Consort
Notes of Noy, Notes of Joy
Temple Records COMD2058, 1994
Bill Taylor, playing a replica of the Downhill harp by Bob Evans/ Guy Flockhart, is joined by Robert Phillips (AKA Rob McKillop) on lute and singers Paul Rendall and Mhairi Lawson for a programme of 16th and 17th century Scottish instrumental music and songs. There are only 2 solo clarsach tracks; Bill's mannered playing sits uncomfortably on the big replica instrument when compared with later recordings on Ardival's modern miniature designs. But the programming and ensemble playing are a delight and this is a very satisfying record.
£1.80 (UK only - select for overseas postage)
£4.00 (Airmail within Europe)
£5.00 (Airmail outside Europe)
Also available: Secondhand Cassette tape, good condition. £7
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First published July 2006.