A GLOBETROTTING folk musician will once again be racking up the air miles taking his traditional songs around the world this year.
Bram Taylor, from Leigh, will spend much of 2014 travelling round Europe and North America in support of his latest album Jokers and Rogues.
Bram, who has been performing his own versions of traditional and contemporary British roots songs for more than 30 years, will visit countries including Belgium, Spain and the USA.
The popular folk singer will appear at the Music Village in the Belgian capital of Brussels on a charity fund-raising bill for the Alzheimer’s Research Institute with Dutch duo Elly Beurskens and Bruno van Hoek, before returning to the English Folk Club on the Costa Blanca and heading out to New Jersey on the US eastern seabord in May. Bram says a busy touring schedule, which also including gigs the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, is the most enjoyable aspect of a musician’s life.
He said: “Touring is definitely a highlight as live gigs are what I enjoy most.
“You record your album and then you get to go and take it out to people on the road.
“The Brussels gig is a new one for me and there’s a new American venue as well.
“When I play for ex-pats in Europe I’m quite comfortable, but in America you have to change your performance style a bit.
“The audiences seem to welcome traditional music, and of course they love a lot of the Scottish and Irish songs as well as some of the contemporary material.
“In terms of audiences I feel very lucky.”
Bram has become a well-known name on the folk scene performing songs on guitar and concertina and singing without accompaniment, with 10 solo albums released on the prestigious roots music label Fellside.
Leythers can also hear Bram’s music closer to home, as he often takes a break from his wanderings with appearances at the Nevison folk nights on Plank Lane, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month.
To find out more about his music, visit www.bramtaylor.com