New CDs with Ardival Harps
Bill Taylor appears on Bonnie Rideout's new double CD "Harlaw - Scotland 1411", honouring the 600th anniversary of the famous battle at Harlaw - July 24, 1411. For centuries this battle has been remembered in music and poetry depicting as many conflicting stories as the battle itself. Several prominent scholars and musicians from Scotland, America, Canada, and France have collected the songs and stories on a new, beautifully illustrated and comprehensive two CD project. Bill plays a solo version of 'Battel Harloe' on Ardival's Rosemarkie gut-strung medieval harp, and accompanies ballad singer Andy Hunter on 'The Battle of Harlaw', using Ardival's Kinnellan large wire-strung clarsach.
Canty's new CD, titled Carmina Celtica, is receiving many glowing reviews. "Ethereally beautiful" (The Observer) and "an outstanding disc" (Financial Times) are just two. More reviews can be found on the Linn website. The CD consists of medieval sacred songs associated with saints from Scotland and Ireland, along with new works composed especially for Canty, including world-premier recordings of James MacMillan's ‘Os mutorum' and John Tavener's ‘Two Hadiths'. Canty is comprised of four women singers: Rebecca Tavener (director), Micaela Haslam, Anne Lewis and Joanne Wicks, accompanied by Bill Taylor on historical harps. The new CD also contains two harp solos by Bill: 'Through the wood, laddie' on Ardival's Rose wire-strung clarsach and 'Green grow the rushes' on Ardival's Rosslyn bray harp.
Bill has just released a new CD of Welsh medieval harp music from the Robert ap Huw manuscript. Titled "Musica" (the name of the manuscript), it contains 12 tracks played on two historical harps, a 21-string romanesque harp and an Ardival Rosslyn bray harp. Also included are essays by both Robert Evans and Bill. Recorded at Taith Studios in Abergavenny, and produced by Robert Evans, Dylan Fowler and Bill Taylor. CDs are available from Bill Taylor.