Eric Taylor travels from Texas to perform in Boyle

  People have been talking about Eric Taylor and his songs since the early 1970s, when he was an integral part of a Houston songwriting scene that included Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark. Taylor is one of the most influential songwriters to ever come out of Texas and you can catch this great performer when he plays in the Moving Stairs, Boyle on Wednesday, 26th September at 9.00 pm. Over the years, as his reputation and song catalogue have grown, he has had a profound effect on the evolution and development of such well-known Texas artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and others. "Eric Taylor was one of my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s," says Earle. "He’s the real deal."             Taylor released his first album, the masterful Shameless Love, in 1981 and shortly thereafter decided to take an extended sabbatical from the music business. Over the years his songs would appear on albums by the likes of Griffith, Lovett, and June Tabor (from Steeleye Span).             It wasn’t until 1995’s Eric Taylor release that he re-entered the music business full-time. Hailed by fans and critics alike as one of the finest albums of that year (it was voted Texas Album Of The Year at the Kerrville Music Awards), Eric Taylor pushed Taylor back into the mainstream folk and singer-songwriter limelight. 2001 brought forth Scuffletown, and following its release, he was a featured artist on Austin City Limits and NPR¹s Morning Edition. The Kerrville Tapes (2003) is Taylor¹s first live album, recorded during three years of appearances at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. In 2004, heeding repeated requests by fans and the media, Taylor re-mastered the vinyl Shameless Love and reissued it as a CD with 2 never-released-before bonus tracks. His latest release, The Great Divide (2006), is a powerful work that is both timely and timeless.     Booking Contact: 086 2526375 (tickets: €10.00 and booking is advisable as there is limited seating available).