Mitcheldean Festival 2022: the Taylor Family set

Six years ago, I wrote “I do like Adele’s version of Make You Feel My Love, and of all the Dylan songs I know it’s the one I am least unlikely to do myself. Probably not coincidentally, it’s one of his more harmonically richest songs.”

A couple of weeks ago, this prediction came true, in the first set I’ve done since before the start of the pandemic. As The Taylor Family (shades of the Von Trapps), we played in Mitcheldean Festival’s showcase concert on Saturday 16th July — my wife Fiona on flute, our youngest son Jonno on cello, me on guitar, and all of us on vocals.

The video above was taken from the festival. Sadly, while the picture is excellent — phone cameras are ridiculously good — the audio quality is not so hot. We weren’t able to get a recording from the mixing desk, which would have been much better. Still if you fancy a listen, please help yourself!

The full set-list (all of them covers):

  • 00:30 Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
  • 03:30 Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)
  • 06:14 Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  • 09:50 Drowsy Maggie [flute solo] (traditional)
  • 12:02 We Learned the Sea (Dar Williams)
  • 15:28 Bring Him Home [Jonno solo] (Schoenberg and Boublil, from Les Miserables)
  • 18:46 Scarborough Fair (Simon and Garfunkel)
  • 22:01 Hobo’s Blues [flute solo] (Paul Simon)
  • 24:22 Guinnevere (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

I really enjoyed putting together the set with such an unusual combination of instruments.

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