Last month my friend Pob and I went to see Hudson Taylor at the O2 Academy Oxford, as part of their UK tour. I knew a few of their tracks from an EP they released a while back and Pob is quite a big fan of their music. We had a nice pub roast at a pub on Cowley Road in Oxford and arrived early to the gig, to see the support band.
We hadn't realised that the main demographic of the band were teenage girls, which didn't seem to fit their folky songs, but we soon discovered when arriving at the venue that we were very much in the minority! There were fans who had been queuing outside the venue all day and we were amongst the oldest there at the ripe old age of 26 and in the minority 3% of males at the venue!
We weren't impressed by the supporting solo guy at all and I can't remember his name. He was just a bit dull and his voice wasn't all that great. It was nice that Gabrielle Aplin sang with him during a couple of songs of his set though. You may know Gabrielle Aplin from John Lewis Christmas advert fame - she also dates one of the Hudson Taylor brothers.
You always run the risk of getting a bit bored when seeing a band live that you don't know very well, as it's nice to be familiar with the songs and sing along. Despite not knowing most of the songs, I really enjoyed the gig and was impressed by the bands vocals. Hudson Taylor have released their debut album Singing for Strangers today [30th March 2015] and it's well worth checking out if you like popular folky music, with nice melodies and charming Irish vocals. You can check out a couple of Hudson Taylor's tracks in the videos below; Battles is an older track and World Without You is a track from the new album.