Hudson Taylor Gains A Permanent Foothold In America As They Headline A US Tour

Hudson Taylor performs at City Winery DC

On Monday February 4, 2019 Irish folk-rock duo Hudson Taylor returned to Washington, D.C. for a fourth time, this time as headliners at City Winery D.C. This will be the second time they’ve struck a chord with DC Music Review, the first time back in September 2018 when they opened for Hozier.

Brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor perform at City Winery DC
Brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor perform at City Winery DC

The two brothers - animated Alife and reserved Harry Hudson-Taylor, with two bandmates, put on an intimate performance that was perfectly tailored to the venue - at one point playing two songs out on the floor by the tables in the back of the room. Not to mention, the acoustics on the third floor enhanced the brothers’ complimentary voices that created ethereal harmonies and melodies. Their voices are absolutely beautiful.

Starting off their set with, “Travellin’,” from their 2018 EP Feel It Again, they changed a lyric from, “Here I am, I’m in Amsterdam,” to, “Here I am, I’m in Washington, D.C.,” prompting cheers from the audience. Alfie is a pleasure to watch as he puts his whole body into every song.

Hudson Taylor performs at City Winery DC
Hudson Taylor performs at City Winery DC

It was clear when they played their second song, “Care,” by the amount of people singing along word for word, that there were several devoted fans in attendance. And those who were not fans prior to the performance, most definitely are now. After completing the song, Alfie asked the audience how many of them had seen Hudson Taylor perform before - majority of the room erupted into applause. Then, Afie asked the audience how many of them had seen HT perform in Ireland, and the amount of responding cheers was surprising - quite a few people.

After playing, “Run with Me,” which is lyrically phonomenal (like every other one of their songs), Alfie remarked that the audience had good rhythm, “I’ll have to remember that for next time!” A few members of the crowd had gotten up to dance, while everyone else was clapping along.

Brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor perform at City Winery DC
Brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor perform at City Winery DC

A highlight of the performance, was when the band walked off stage to the back the room, standing level with the audience - everyone had stood up at this point, and played “Pray for the Day,” and “You Don’t Want to Know,” both of which exemplified their perfectly paired vocals.

Hudson Taylor completes the North American portion of their tour this week. On each  trip to America, Hudson Taylor wins over a large group of fervent and dedicated fans. If this evening's performance was any indication of their success and growing fanbase,  we can be rest assured they will be back again soon to win over more fans.

Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor perform at City Winery DC
Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor of Hudson Taylor perform at City Winery DC


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Click here to see the setlist for Hudson Taylor's performance at City Winery DC on Feburary 4, 2019

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Michelle Castagnola

Michelle Castagnola is a music-loving Maryland native. Her musical awakening began when she put The Beatles' “1” into her Hello Kitty CD Player on the ride to elementary school one morning. She is looking forward to combining her love of music with her love of writing.


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