Acorn Discs
Homepage of songwriter Dave Taylor and Dave and Julia Taylor -"On the Fence".
"You're completely bonkers aren't you ?"
Bloke at Sidmouth Folk Festival

"I nearly wet myself at one point"
Lady in audience at village hall gig.
Review of "The Melodeons are Coming".

I had absolutely no idea what to expect when this CD arrived for review and obviously anticipated a selection of melodeon-led songs. Wrong! Taylor turns out to be a very funny man with more than a nod towards Ron Geesin, and, dare I say it, Spike Milligan? There is an over-riding folksy quality to the 14 tracks featured here and, once into the artist's thrust of humour, I found myself chuckling along throughout his album and wondering what makes him tick. Actually, I don't give a damn about analysing - it isn't necessary. Taylor's manic music speaks for itself and I defy you not to raise a smirk, or even a loud guffaw, when absorbing the light and shade of such delights as "Support your Neighbourhood Fanatic", "Weary Old Folk Tune", "Not a Morning Person", "BSA Bantam" (funny, funny, funny), or "Jehovah's Windows".
The more I listen to Taylor, the more I appreciate his off the wall, zany humour. This guy is obviously a born-again loony, but we need people like him to offset the the rigours of trying to survive in the humourless world created by Tony Blair and his New Labour Stasi. PC this ain't but who could give a toss when characters like Dave Taylor can leave you rocking with laughter and reaching for the 'repeat' button on the CD player.? Dave Taylor, you're a folk-comedy genius and I can't recommend this CD highly enough. You want a r-e-al laugh then go buy it!

Review of "Gobbindownmimobile"

Whatever this guy is on, I want some! Dave Taylor's album (his third) is about as manic as it gets and extremely funny to boot. Forget the less than perfect sound quality, this guy is up there with the likes of Peter Sellars, Spike Milligan, Tommy Cooper and, on the other side of the coin, Derek Brimstone and a few other off the wall creative talents from the folk club days of the late 1960s and '70s and with a small nod towards Rik Mayall; except that Mayall is totally one dimensional but Taylor needs to be listened to carefully to discern all the comedic nuances and vocal gymnastics of a master craftsman. This certainly won't appeal to all tastes, but I, for one, love what he does and give this a genuine thumbs-up. Loonytunes are alive and well. Thanks, Dave, for making me laugh.

These reviews by Bryan Chalker "Music Maker".
Review of "All in Good Time":-
"Off the leash and solo, Dave's kindly appearance is shed. He belies that calm exterior revealing a vicious tongue, a gift for mimicry, a fine tuned ear for parody, and a real understanding of how to employ irony in songwriting.
"All in Good Time" is the latest of several solo issues by Dave. He describes is as "fourteen tracks over quite a spectrum of serious and frivolous." And he's not joking (although more often than not he is). He actually uses the word "tacks" rather than "tracks" here...leaving you wondering ...Is that a typo or a pun? You never really know with Dave.
The CD is worth having just for the immortal "Leonard Cohen's Shantymen" alone. A work of pure genius which has got many a large folk club audience cackling and struggling to join in with the choruses simply because they could not stop laughing. Trust me. It's brilliant.
But there's more. When Dave's laying into the objects of his considerable ire, he's at his best. Lyrics written in ink refined from pure acid flow from his quill pen. Words, delivery and production on this album combine to emphasise the satire. Dave pulls no punches, Rather he swings haymakers at the objects of his wrath. He sprinkles his songs with expletives and examples of Ango-Saxon vernacular. His songs are by turns angry, waspish, and almost at times cruel in their imagery (a man after my own heart). But they are always funny. A sort of folk version of Sleaford Mods. In "Greedy Bastards All" he epitomises this attack via a really cross condemnation of privilege. It matches in vehemence anything that Billy Bragg or Dick Gaughan has ever angrily spat out into an auditorium

Geoff Veasey -"Folk Monthly" - March 2019.

Legend of Leicester/Leicestershire-2 - Steve Cartwright/Dave Taylor