Hudson Taylor (group)

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Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor, Alexandra Palace, London (15576179226).jpg
Hudson Taylor live at Alexandra Palace in 2014
Background information
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Years active 2011–present
Labels Rubyworks Records
Members Harry Hudson-Taylor
Alfie Hudson-Taylor

Hudson Taylor (previously Harry & Alfie)[1] are an Irish folk duo formed in 2011. The duo consists of brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor. They are signed to Rubyworks Records.[2] They grew up in Dublin, where their father was a musician and their mother was a dancer.

They began busking at a young age. Prior to being signed they released their début EP, "Battles", in August 2012, which peaked at #1 on the Irish version of iTunes and at #14 on UK version of iTunes.[3] In November 2012, the band followed with a second EP, "Cinematic Lifestyle" and a third, "Osea", in October 2013. It was around this time that the band signed to Polydor in the UK.

Work began on a full-length début album, Singing for Strangers (a reference to the band's earlier busking), which was released in January 2015 in Ireland and the UK. Singing for Strangers peaked at number 3 in Ireland and number 24 in the UK.[4] It included the single "Chasing Rubies", which entered the UK Singles Chart at #51.[4]

Following the conclusion of the groups recording deal with Polydor in February 2016 Hudson Taylor were signed[5] to Rubyworks in Ireland. They are managed by Caroline Downey,[6] who also manages fellow label-mate Hozier.


Their parents are from the south of England, but relocated to Dublin in the late 1980s. Harry and Alfie grew up in Monkstown, and Harry received a scholarship to St. Finian's College in Mullingar.[7]


Hudson Taylor's first studio album, Singing for Strangers, was released 16 January 2015 to critical acclaim in the UK and Ireland, reaching 3rd in the Irish charts.

In March 2018 the band released the EP 'Feel it again' which also rated highly in the Irish charts.

In August 2018, Hudson Taylor revealed a mini-album entitled 'Bear Creek to Dame Street' was to be released in September of that year. Four singles were released off the album prior to release including 'You Don't Wanna Know' and 'One in a Million' on 31 August 2018, followed by 'I Love You and You Don't Even Know' and 'Shot Someone' on 14 September 2018. The full mini-album is set for release on 21 September 2018.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2015 Singing for Strangers 3[8] 24[4]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Release details Peak
  • Released: 24 August 2012[9]
  • Label: Polydor[10]
  • Format: Digital download, CD[10]
Cinematic Lifestyle[11]
  • Released: November 2012[12]
  • Label: Polydor[13]
  • Format: Digital download, CD[13]
  • Released: 11 October 2013[14]
  • Label: Polydor[15]
  • Format: Digital download, CD[15]
Feel It Again
  • Released: 23 March 2018
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes an EP that did not chart or was not released.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2014 "Battles (2014)"[17] 35[8] Singing for Strangers
"Chasing Rubies"[17] 50[8] 51[4]
"Weapons"[17] 53[8]
2015 "World Without You"[17]
2017 "Run with me"[17] Feel It Again
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "Hudson Taylor: Singing to Strangers". Irish Times. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  2. ^ "HUDSON TAYLOR". Rubyworks. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c d "HUDSON TAYLOR". 
  5. ^ Taylor, Hudson (2017-02-04). "it is an absolute pleasure to be part of the team! So good to be home!". @HudsonTaylor. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Caroline Downey (@CarolineAtMCD) | Twitter". Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Hudson Taylor: On the street to stardom". Irish Examiner. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Hudson Taylor". 
  9. ^ a b "Battles". 
  10. ^ a b "Battles: Music". 
  11. ^ "Cinematic Lifestyle". 
  12. ^ "Hudson Taylor". 
  13. ^ a b "Cinematic Lifestyle: Music". 
  14. ^ a b "Osea". 
  15. ^ a b "Osea: Music". 
  16. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 30 March 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "Hudson Taylor". iTunes. 

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