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CDs by Bill Taylor

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Bill Taylor
Taith, 2010
Bill's second recording of music from the Robert ap Huw manuscript shows his interpretations as a lot more mature and confident than the excellent Two Worlds of 11 years before. The music on this CD is expressive and subtle. Played on either a miniature ‘Romanesque’ harp, designed after medieval artwork depictions, or a big late medieval buzzing bray harp, the scale of the pieces performed ranges from the short Profiadau to the almost 20 minute Caniad Pibau Morfydd. The liner notes are very informative, including short illustrated essays by Bob Evans as well as by Bill. This is the definitive recording of the medieval Welsh Cerdd Dant traditions.
£13 +


Bill Taylor & Geert Van Geele
Kattenberg, 2009
Bill plays bray harp to accompany Geert's recorder playing for a pleasant programme of Renaissance continental music. Bill also plays some medieval Welsh music on the bray harp, and some Scottish repertory using a small Ardival harp.
£13 +


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.

Notes of Noy, Notes of Joy

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.
£13 +
Also available: Secondhand Cassette tape, good condition. £7