John Taylor (Scottish fiddler)

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John Taylor is a fiddler and composer from Buckie in Scotland and a past winner of the Niel Gow award for Scottish fiddling.[1] He lives in California and leads the band Hamewith.[2] He was part of the former band Emerald that was based in Northern California in the 1980s and 1990s.[3] He appears as a musician in the wedding scene from the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer.[4]

Taylor is well known in Scottish country dance circles having appeared in many parts of the world including the USA, Canada, New Zealand and various parts of the UK. He has recorded specific country dance music CDs with Andrew Imbrie – Steppin' Out and Live.[5] He has often appeared with Texas-based folk singer, Ed Miller and features on many of Miller's CDs.;[6][7] in a review of their first collaboration, The Edinburgh Rambler, the Austin American-Statesman called Taylor "brilliant".[8] His own 2001 debut CD, After the Dance was produced by Brian McNeill.[9] A subsequent CD, The Road Ahead was also produced by McNeill. Taylor is a frequent visitor to folk music events in Texas where he is highly regarded and known for his large repertoire, and plays at many US wide festivals each year.[10]



  • After the Dance (2001) Hamilton House
  • The Road Ahead (2003)

With Andrew Imbrie

  • Steppin' Out (1988)
  • Live (1996)

On Ed Miller CDs

  • Lowlander (2000) Wellfield Music
  • Manys The Fine Tale (2002) Wellfield Music

External links[edit]


  1. ^ emerald
  2. ^ Hamewith
  3. ^ entertainers
  4. ^ IMDB page for "So I Married an Axe Murderer" (
  5. ^ Royal Scottish Country Dance Society "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-02-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Ed Miller's Recordings
  7. ^ Margaret Moser: Celtic Airs The Austin Chronicle, April 14, 2000
  8. ^ Michael Corcoran: "The Bottom Line". Austin American-Statesman, December 25, 1997
  9. ^ Hamilton House, San Jose, California
  10. ^ Gary North: More Than We Pay For. June 11, 2001