Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor is a specialist in the performance of ancient harp music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He investigates these repertoires on medieval gut-strung harps, wirestrung clarsachs and Renaissance harps with buzzing bray pins. He plays in the ‘stopped style’ which used to be the main technique for all European harps. In this, fingernails strike the strings while fingerpads damp selectively, leaving some strings ringing. This contrasts with the modern technique of playing harps with fingerpads only. For over twenty years, Bill has taught introductory and specialist courses for individuals and groups through Ardival Harps and Fèis Rois. He regularly gives classes and workshops for the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and teaches at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He performs both as a soloist and with several ensembles, and has recorded over thirty CDs. In Scotland, he accompanies singer Anne Lewis in concerts of historical Scottish songs and airs, and he has worked extensively with early music specialist James Ross and storyteller Bob Pegg. On the Continent, he plays with Graindelavoix, Quadrivium and Sinfonye. Recently he joined the French ensemble Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien in a project recording and performing early Irish music.