A musical “tapestry” is a most appropriate description for the intricate vocal and instrumental pictures and stories woven by the songs of James Taylor and Carole King. To perform them at their melodic best Rod Taylor (Keyboard/Vocals) brought together two talented female vocalists, Linsey Turner and Sylvia McEwen and combined them with the sublimely tasteful guitar playing of Ed Hogston to form “Band of Troubadours”.
Rod Taylor (Vocals & Keyboards) started playing piano from early childhood adding guitar & cello later. Early R & B band days provided invaluable experience supporting major recording artistes and a passion for vocals developed. Song-writing was a natural progression in the 1970s leading to management by famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and handled by personal manager “Chips” Chipperfield, who went on to work with the Beatles at Apple and produce their “Anthology” album.
A recording deal with Polydor followed along with regular BBC "Sound of the Seventies" appearances for John Peel and Bob Harris and playing major venues such as the Roundhouse & concert tours with the likes of Supertramp. Some years later a chance meeting with Linsey lead to the start of a 28 year musical partnership ….
Linsey Turner (Vocals) was an award winning child actress and went on to study acting and singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London at the same time as good friend and singer Jacqui Dankworth and actors Neil Morrisey and Michael Praed. During this time she had roles in major TV programmes.
It was in the summer of 1983 at a television studio while working on one such TV production that Linsey first had a chance meeting with Rod, who had just returned from months working abroad. This chance meeting developed and, after leaving the Guildhall, Linsey and Rod started what was to be a 28 year singing partnership together. An impressive career in music followed with song-writing, recording and live appearances throughout the world in theatres, concerts, hotels, jazz clubs, private corporate & social functions, TV & BBC Radio 1.
Sylvia McEwen (Vocals) was known to Rod having worked for many years with a guitarist and friend from his early recording band. Sylvia has considerable experience of many musical styles but in recent years has concentrated on her main love of jazz music. She can be regularly found singing in many of the South Coast’s jazz clubs, and has performed alongside such greats as Bobby Wellings!
Ed Hogston (Acoustic, Electric & Pedal Steel Guitars) has established himself as an extremely talented young musician who is in great demand.
He started playing in bands at the age of 14 and even at such a young age was performing at festivals etc. When he was only 18 he gigged his way across America, during which time he had the privilege of valuable tuition from several high profile jazz guitarists including Steve Khan (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, James Brown, Weather Report, Billy Cobham etc), Hiram Bullock (David Sanborn, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Sting, Steely Dan, Miles Davis & Gil Evans) and Tim May (Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, John Williams, “Simpsons”).
Ed’s growing reputation as a guitarist has also taken him to recording sessions in France for emerging songwriters including Orson and Julian Gallagher as well as playing with controversial singer Michelle Shocked!
Ed’s real passion lies in the studio with both his own work as a singer/songwriter and producing other musicians. It was Ed’s affinity with West Coast music and in particular that of James Taylor that lead to him being highly recommended to Rod by other trusted musicians as the ideal guitarist to work on this project – how right they were!
So that's how we all came together to bring you this great music from two of modern music's most iconic writers performers of the past forty years! Hopefully we'll be seeing you soon.......