All this artist would have to do to be kept apart from a lot of other performers named William Taylor is to pick up one of his instruments -- a harp strung from wire known as a clarsach. a type of axe that is every bit as rare as the Norwegian krogharpe. Taylor also performs and records on fiddle, the small Northumbrian pipes, and the mouth harp. The Rowallan Consort has been one of his principal performing outlets, formed in 1994 with partner Robert Phillips, initially to present a repertoire of early Scottish music for the aforementioned clarsach and lute. Since releasing a debut recording in 1995, the group's repertoire has expanded to include many aspects of the Scottish repertoire spanning the period from the 12th to the 18th centuries. Taylor and the group are based out of Fife, a Scottish burg which in itself sounds like an instrument. Taylor has also backed up Bonnie Rideout, a traditional Scottish fiddler who grew up in Michigan.
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