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Hudson Taylor.
Hudson Taylor.

Hudson Taylor are a new folk band from Dublin consisting of brothers Alfie and Harry.

Their debut album ‘Singing for Strangers’ has done really well in Ireland and will be available in the UK in March.

The brothers have been playing together in Dublin since they were 15 and have built up a huge following, not only in their home town but also on You Tube and have amassed over 5 million views worldwide.

They have now been discovered by a major label and are tipped for huge things in 2015.

In the midst of their first UK headline tour the guys popped into The Bay studios for a live session and a chat.

I asked them if they were excited about releasing their album here.

Alfie told me: “Well to be honest our career has already peaked when we supported the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in front of 50,000 people. Nothing can beat that.”

Harry Continued: “It was the most surreal day ever. We were playing a gig in Hyde Park anyway, in a tent to about 300 people.

“Then we were going to go and watch the Rolling Stones. The gig went great and we were just chilling in the tent when our manager got a phone call saying that Tom Odell was ill and couldn’t play so instead would be do the support spot?

“We had about 20 minutes’ notice then we were on stage and got to introduce the Rolling Stones.

“It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Hudson Taylor cut their teeth busking in Dublin. Initially playing covers but then they tried to add a few of their own compositions into the set. Harry explained initially that didn’t work out too well.

“The plan is always to stop people as they walk down the street and we managed to do that with our covers but no one really stopped when we played our own songs.

So we thought we are going to have to get better at this song writing lark and put some hooks in.”

Chatting to Alfie and Harry was fun because their enthusiasm is infectious, comparable to lottery winners receiving the cheque.

They are doing their first radio interviews, their first UK headline tour and about to release their first album, life is pretty good.

They played a live set in The Bay studios and their harmonies were perfectly delivered over the strong guitar melodies. These guys will be a big name for the future.