The Village Hall
Show starts 7.30pm
In my opinion Sean Taylor is simply the best blues influenced solo artist to appear on the British scene since the 60's. He writes his own songs, has an excellent voice and is a great-understated guitarist. I saw him with a contingent of Castor locals a couple of years ago in Nottingham and we were all bowled over. I saw him again a year later at The Harvest Times Blues Festival in Ireland with Dave Thomas and Dick Cartmel and they couldn't stop talking about him. As for me he was even better than I remembered and was one of the highlights of the weekend. I spoke to Sean later that night and he was happy with the idea of playing a gig in Castor for Shakedown Blues we just had to collaborate our dates. A few months later I booked Sean for a Shakedown Blues show.
Review of Sean’s show in November 2012:
The show itself started a little tentatively with the audience wondering if this young white Londoner could possibly stand in the shoes of all the Afro-Americans we have listened to on the stage at Castor. But Sean is not trying to be a clone of Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters and does not have many covers of blues songs in his repertoire; which in the main comes from songs that speak of every day occurrences in his hometown. So it’s cheerio Reds Juke Joint in Jackson, Mississippi and hello to Biddy Mulligans on the Kilburn High Street and goodbye Sweet Home Chicago and hello Calcutta Road. All this is infused with a blues feel and a genuine love of the music. He will not be the next big star of the blues, he will leave that to all the pop stars that strut the stage and try to get themselves respect by calling themselves ‘blues musicians’. Sean will be there when they have all moved on, just like some of the other relatively unknown artists that trod the stage for Shakedown Blues. Then those of you who were there can say ‘I saw him as a young man in Castor’.
Sean has recorded six CD’s three of which reside in my collection and his latest “Chase The Night” was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer Mark Hallman and features legendary double bass player Danny Thompson. He reminds me of an English Doug MacLeod and his fans include BBC’s Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Mike Harding.
If you weren’t in Castor Village Hall last November why don’t you come along and join the crowd if you were join us again – you will not be disappointed.
Look forward to seeing you all.