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Grafton Street has a certain charm about it that you just can’t beat, and one thing that really adds to it is the abundance of musicians that are busking outside of shops and restaurants every day. They’re the soundtrack to your early morning dash to catch the bus on Dawson Street, to the Saturday afternoon strolls around the shops and to those late night walks home from the pub.

Nestled amongst the shops, pubs and never-ending new hotels is an ode to a very famous musician. A man we all treasured, a national icon and simply, a pure legend- Phil Lynott.

The Thin Lizzy frontman may not be with us, but his legacy has been kept alive through the music of Thin Lizzy. To mark 50 years of the Irish rock band, Hudson Taylor honoured the band’s special milestone with an unplugged performance at the Phil Lynott statue on Harry Street.

“It’s an absolute honour. This is like the Irish version of doing a Beatles song,” Alfie says about the tribute.

Speaking about the influence Irish music has had on them, Harry shared, “Getting into busking we would have learned more Irish music so Damien Rice, U2, Glen Hansard, Thin Lizzy. 

“To hear that these bands and artists were busking too gave us the push to get onto the street and play music ourselves.”


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The early days of busking were full of nerves and embarrassment for the brothers, who were only teens at the time, cringing as their school friends passed them and their electric piano, but it shaped them into the incredible musicians they are today.

“We went out with the guitar and started to do a bit better. It then became a weekend thing. It gave us a freedom of meeting people in town and meeting other musicians.”

Stressing that busking will forever be in their blood, the Back For You singers said;

“We’re not totally detached from busking because we still busk every day in our life. The shows we play, whether we headline or not, that is kind of busking.

“At a festival, people don’t know you a lot of the time. People are there to see Florence and the Machine or the big name at the top of the line up, so that’s your chance to win people over,” Harry explained.

One place where they’ll certainly win plenty of new fans is Whelan's. The brothers have been playing in the Wexford Street venue for eight years and have five nights of gigs lined-up this December. 

Alfie couldn’t help but gush about their legendary shows, “It’s really special. We’ve been calling it our Christmas party. We’ve been playing in Whelan's for eight years, since we started as a band. It’s an amazing venue. The gigs are like a big sing-along. I actually get goosebumps thinking about it.”

At one of their 2018 gigs, the brothers sang an unplugged version of I Love You And You Don’t Even Know with fellow musicians Tadhg and Oisin Walsh-Peelo, who they met when busking.


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The performance was simple, but one I’ll never forget. They managed to capture the attention of everyone in the room and a powerful silence filled Whelan's, a rarity for the famous music venue.

Alfie commented, “We love doing that. You’re not plugged in and it’s so different to the other type of set where you’re plugged in and you’re in your own world and you’re playing, because you’re actually in the audience when you’re doing that."

“That’s our homage to busking,” Harry adds.


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Hudson Taylor have gigs lined up all across the country and new music is pending. Their next album, which features plenty of tunes about family, home and their love lives, will be released in 2020.

There are a lot of nods to home and Dublin on the upcoming album, proving that the Emerald Isle will always mean the world to the lads, no matter where their success takes them, whether that’s Bear Creek or Dame Street.

An Post have released two new limited-edition stamps available to mark 50 years of Thin Lizzy. Hudson Taylor are calling on the nation’s buskers and musicians to make their own personal tribute to the band by recording a street performance of their most loved Thin Lizzy track and sharing it on social media, tagging An Post and using #ThinLizzyStamp.  

The two national rate €1 stamps are available at all post offices nationwide and at irishstamps.ie.



Hudson Taylor are one of the greatest Irish bands around at the moment. The Feel It Again singers deserve just as much praise and success as Picture This, yet they can often be overlooked.

Their latest single Back To You should be on everyone’s Spotify playlist because it is one of their best songs to date. It’s got that pure Irish folk sound with Hudson Taylor’s heartfelt lyrics.

To mark the release of their new single, the brothers have confirmed a string of Irish dates and you can guarantee we’ll be heading along to see them.


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They’ll be performing all across the Emerald Isle, including five nights at Whelan's.

Do yourself a favour and go to one of their December shows in Whelan's. Their Christmas week gigs makes my December ten times better. It is by far one of the best gigs of the year, so don’t miss out when tickets go on sale next week.


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Hudson Taylor are undoubtedly one of the best bands to come out of Ireland in years so bless your ears and head along to see them on their Irish tour.

You can buy tickets here. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 13.

Check out the full list of tour dates below:

10th October – Blackbox Theatre, Galway

11th October – Big Top Dolans, Limerick

12th October – Speigeltent, Wexford

13th October – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

17th October – Set Theatre, Kilkenny

19th October – Lukers, Shannonbridge

24th October – Kenny’s, Lahinch

25th October – Ruby Room, Castlebar

27th October – The Guildhall, Derry

31st October – Mike The Pies, Listowel

1st November – Debarras, Clonakilty

17th – 21st December – Whelans, Dublin


Halloween is offish over so we can now talk about Christmas and New Years without sounded crazy, right?

Now in its seventh year, New Years Festival Dublin [NYF Dublin] is back again to help us ring in 2019 with three unreal events – a dazzling lighting spectacle called Liffey Lights Midnight Moment and 3Countdown Concert with amazing music acts that will give you a New Years Eve night to remember.

We can officially reveal that the headlining act is none other than the fab Gavin James.

Supporting acts are Hudson Taylor, Inhaler and Wild Youth.

Seriously, whatta line-up.

Gavin James is taking to the stage and we are buzzing about the news – as is he.

''I'm very excited,'' he says. His album is, Only Ticket Home, came out last week and it has already climbed to the top of the charts.

He's also getting ready to go back to touring; something he loves.

''I've got a little scooter that I use now while Im on tour to get around. I''m trying to get friends that come with me do it too – we can be a little scooter gang.''

Speaking of NYE, what's in store for him in 2019?

''World tour time. We're heading to London, Europe, then America which will take me right into festival season, it's pretty full on.''

His NYF show also might be a little different to the previous ones – all thanks to his brand new Les Paul guitar.

While acoustic guitar is his thing, he just might mix it up – so you might hear some electric guitar courtesy of Mr Gavin James come NYE.

Also on the bill is Irish folk/Americana duo Hudson Taylor made up of brothers Harry and Alfie.


“Oooooh new album on Friday”

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Harry admits that NYE is generally a "divisive" night but one that him and his brother love, mainly because they go out busking.

Plus "its good to do the cheesy countdown thing."

We couldn't agree more.

Fresh from supporting Hozier, the Hudson Taylor lads might be gearing up for their own headline tour in the new year. So what better time to see them then to close out 2018?

To make it even better, their younger sister Halli will join them on stage and she herself has just released her first single, "Fukc Fear" so she is one to watch – exciting stuff.

Also playing will be Dublin four-piece Inhaler, who might be fresh from their Leaving Cert but they are more than ready to put on an amazing show.

So what should you expect from them? 

"A lot of new songs. We only have two songs on Spotify and they came out like two years ago and our music's changed since then."

Their influences include a lot of 1980 's references – think Depeche Mode. While they've been playing together since 2016, 2019 looks set to be the year where they are gonna be releasing new music and a brand new single.

With amazing artists like these playing at NYF, you know where you gotta be on the 31st of December – see you there.

Tickets for NYF Dublin are 29.90 including booking fee and will be on sale from Monday November 5th qt 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie.


Festival-goers, listen up! 

Indiependence has just added a whole of amazing artists to its line-up including Kate Nash, Hudson Taylor and Wyvern Lingo, to name just a few. 

They'll join headliners Primal Scream, Walking on Cars, Jake Bugg, Cast, Sigala and Le Galaxie at Deer Farm in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork this August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Now, I don't know about you, but that line-up has my 14-year-old indie-kid heart racing at 90mph. 

The three-day festival has also announced the introduction of the new Urban Village stage which will feature some of the best up-and-coming Irish hip hop and urban artists.

In keeping with the festival's tradition of promoting home-grown music, Delorentos, King Kong Company, The Blizzards, And So I Watch You From Afar and Hamsandwich are all set to preform over the weekend. 

Tickets are available via the Indiependence website and there are a limited amount of INDIE VIP Garden tickets still available.


Brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, today announced they will be embarking on an Irish tour.

The tour will kick off in March 2018, with locations all over the Emerald Isle. 

The Irish duo have had a seriously successful year, after playing to one of their biggest crowds ever at Electric Picnic, and adding the finishing touches to their second album. 


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Their tour dates are as follows:

Tuesday, 27th March – Elmwood Hall Belfast (Tickets are £17 inclusive of booking fee)

Wednesday, 28th March – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Thursday, 29th March – Cork Opera House

Saturday, 31st March – Radisson Hotel, Galway 

Sunday, 1st April – The Big Top, Limerick


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Since their album release, the brothers have been busy writing songs for their next record, and working with musical collaborators in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Tickets are €25.00 including booking fee, and will be available from Ticketmaster on Monday, December 11, at 9am. 


The 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of The ISPCC will return this year on December 19 at the 3Arena, and the line up is looking well.

The Script will headline the event, but they wont be the only epic musicians performing on the night.

The Coronas, Gavin James, Hudson Taylor and Wild Youth will also be taking to the stage.


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There are more special guests who have yet to be announced.

The Ball will be hosted by 2FM presenters including Nicky Byrne & Jenny Greene, Eoghan McDermott, Bernard O’Shea, Jennifer Zamparelli and Keith Walsh, Tracy Clifford and more.

Last year, the event raised over €460,000 for the ISPCC. 


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'We are delighted to have so many talented and successful artists perform at the 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of the ISPCC,' said Caroline Downey, President of The ISPCC.

'We are truly blessed to have their support along with 2FM, the team in MCD and the 3Arena.'

Tickets €39.50 go on sale at 9am next Friday, November 10.



Orla Gartland has been on the Irish music scene since 2012, making herself widely known through her YouTube channel.

Four years on, and debuting her third studio album, there's no stopping this Dublin gal.

For her first collaboration, she teamed up with Great Good Fine Ok, to bring you Shapeshifting, which she says is all about how "nothing stays the same."

Treat your ears to this, ladies:

And Orla has just been announced in the line-up for our SHEmazing! gig on July 6, which will see her performing alongside Róisín O and Hudson Taylor.

Taking place in The Sugar Club, we want the gig to raise awareness for dating abuse – an issue that affects more Irish women than anyone would like to imagine.

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.


Look, we totally get it. Brothers and sisters fight. Some worse than others, yes, but it's safe to say we've all had our arguments with them.

And if someone asked you to be in a band with one of your siblings, you'd think they were crazy; however, these ten pairs of brothers and sisters decided to sing together, tour together, live together, and make creative decisions together.

Here's our top 10 favourite bands that DIDN'T have a bust up… because, kudos, guys:

1. Win & William Butler of Arcade Fire



2. Nick, Joe & Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers



3. Howard & Guy Lawrence of Disclosure



4. Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor



5. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon & Michael Jackson of The Jackson 5


6. Caleb, Nathan & Jared Followill of Kings of Leon


7. Este, Danielle & Alana Haim of HAIM


8. Alex & Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen


9. Malcolm & Angus Young of AC/DC


10. Karen & Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters


And we are delighted to announce that one of our favourite sibling duos, Hudson Taylor, are playing alongside Róisín O at our Shemazing! Gig to help fight against dating abuse. 

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.



Now, these people have made a major name for themselves in the music industry, but it wasn't always that way.

These seven famous bands and singers had to put in some major hard graft before they were anywhere near the big time. Check out our top seven performers who started off on the streets:

1. Ed Sheeran


2. Hudson Taylor


3. Tracy Chapman


4. Passenger


5. Eminem


6. Rod Stewart


7. Sheryl Crow


And we are delighted to announce that one of our favourite artists that started out busking, Hudson Taylor, are playing alongside Róisín O at our Shemazing! Gig to help fight against dating abuse. 

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.




While we all love jamming to Rihanna on the radio, there's something about modern folk-pop music that we just can't get enough of.

And it's seen a major rise in popularity in recent years too, as more and more of the younger generation is listening, playing and buying music from folk-pop artists.

Here, we look at our top 6 favourite artists and bands:

1. Hudson Taylor



2. Benjamin Francis Leftwich



3. Vance Joy


4. Of Monsters and Men



5. George Ezra



6. The Lumineers


As if the upcoming SHEmazing! gig wasn’t already set to be an absolute stomper of a night with Róisín O, we are pumped to announce that everyone’s favourite folk duo, Hudson Taylor, will also be taking to the stage on July 6. Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.


As if the upcoming SHEmazing! gig wasn’t already set to be an absolute stomper of a night, we are pumped to announce that everyone’s favourite folk duo, Hudson Taylor, will also be taking to the stage on July 6.

Taking place in The Sugar Club, the gig – headlined by Róisín O – will raise awareness of an issue which affects more Irish women than anyone would like to imagine – and that issue is dating abuse.

Commenting on the worrying trend which is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s dating scene, our editor Gillian Fitzpatrick said: “Our SHEmazing.net readers are telling us that one in three girls have already experienced Dating Abuse within their own relationships, while over half of our girls know someone who is currently in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.”

“Very often the first serious relationships we start in our teens or early 20's are a whirlwind of love, romance and excitement,” she continued.

“However it is this love that can make women blind to the onset of controlling and abusive behaviour often distancing themselves from friends and family members.”

With funds for Women’s Aid support service hit by Government cuts, we’re determined to raise money for an organisation which provides help to women affected by verbal, emotional, controlling, physical or cyber abuse.

If you suspect you are in an unhealthy relationship, you can seek help from dating abuse dedicated advice site, 2iN2U.ie, which as Linda Smith of Women's Aid explains “is designed to help young women know the difference between safe and sinister behaviour in intimate relationships and offer support to those experiencing dating abuse."

Tickets to next month’s gig are available here so don’t miss out on your opportunity to do your bit for the ladies in your life.


Grab a seat and kick back for a few minutes while you take in what’s been happening in the world of entertainment this week!

On Pic ‘n’ Mix, your box office bucket list, we took a look at newcomers like Fury and The Book of Life to how well films like Gone Girl and The Judge are doing.

Your weekly event guide The Line-Up brought you 5 of the best spooktacular events this Halloween! 

On Spotlight this week we met rising music duo Hudson Taylor. Alfie and Harry talked about their latest single Chasing Rubies and if it was about a particular girl, their pulling tactics and sibling rivalry!

If that wasn’t enough, we brought you a bonus addition of Spotlight as we could not turn down the chance to meet one of Ireland’s most loved men; Francis Brennan. Niamh Geaney sussed out which way your pillowcase should face, what Mr. Brennan's pet hate is and if he takes his own advice at home!