SINGER songwriter Sean Taylor began to prick the ears of music critics and fans alike with his 2009 release Calcutta Groove, which received rave reviews the world over.
But now the has now produced, what he thinks is his best work to date in the album, Walk with me.
The stunning collection of eleven new tracks, nine of which are from the pen of Taylor himself; the remaining two are his take of the traditional She Moved Through The Fair and a superbly unique arrangement of a Shakespearian sonnet entitled, Love Hate On.
The album was produced by esteemed Trevor Hutchinson, who has previously worked with The Waterboys, Sharon Shannon, Eric Bibb and Lunasa.
To record the album, the Englishman gathered a team of notable musicians to guest on the album, including pedal steel master BJ Cole, who has been on stage with three of the biggest names in live music — Elton John, Sting and REM.
Taylor was also joined in the recording studio by cello player Vyvienne Long, who has appeared on the albyums of both Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan.
Van Morrison contributing artist Justin Carroll plays Hammond Organ while former Frames and Josh Ritter drummer David Hinterty is also featured.
On the strength of a listen to a few of the tracks from Walk with me, the folk star made his way to Glastonbury and many other major festivals across the UK and Europe, adding to his legion of fans along the way.
He haslimbered up for his first headline tour by supporting a number of famous acts, including John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame, and Band of Horses.
Now, he the folk musician is out in front, as he makes his way to Glasgow as part of a UK tour of his Walk with me album.
He told Live: “I have been gigging for around ten years, playing over 800 gigs all over Europe. and I play my own songs with a passion and fury.
“I have been compared with John Martyn, Tom Waits and JJ Cale”.
“Every show is different and every time I play a song it’s different. I have been described as a virtuoso guitarist with widespread airplay and features in music magazines.
“I loved playing at Celtic Connections earlier this year I am really looking forward to coming back to Glasgow. It’s a great city with a really exciting music scene”.
Sean Taylor plays Brel on Ashton Lane on Thursday. Book at www.brelbarrestaurant.com or 342 4966.s