Ukrainian date for master Texan storyteller

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Eric Taylor is to bring his “sage” musicianship to the stage in Doncaster tomorrow.

The Texan is to perform at the town’s Roots Music Club.

A show spokesman said: “Eric is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades.

“He is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar.

“If you’re not familiar with Taylor by name, you’ve probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett.

“He has created a multitude of fans and devotees, and artists have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.”

County music star Lovett says: “I’m always the opening act when I’m around Eric. I love his voice, and he has a great narrative quality and sense of detail.

“He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It’s good writing no matter how you cut it.”

Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and started playing soul music in his early years, steeping himself in the rich cultural heritage of the black South.

He says: “I’ve written poetry all my life.

“When I learned how to play guitar, it was a natural progression to write songs.”

After high school, he tried university, but it “didn’t work out” for him.

“Music lured me away,” he says.

Taylor plays the Roots Music Club, The Ukrainian Centre, Beckett Road, Doncaster, tomorrow, Friday, October 9, from 8pm.

Support comes from Stuart Warburton.

Tickets are £12 on the door, or £10 in advance from www.rootsmusicclub.co.uk