PREVIEW: Hudson Taylor, Riverside, Newcastle

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Folk pop duo Hudson Taylor announced this week that they’ll be heading to Newcastle on a headline tour.

They have announced they will play Riverside, in Newcastle, on February 3 as part of their biggest tour to date.

It sees them take on their own headline tour after supporting Jake Bugg on his arena tour in October.

Having honed their craft at an early age busking in Dublin, the brothers – Alfie and Harry (Hudson Taylor is their surname) – still only 18 and 20 respectively, have become a word-of-mouth favourite with their energetic live shows.

Their DIY work ethic led them to release their debut EP on their own label Craic Records and entirely under their own steam, they charted the Battles EP at No14 on iTunes UK and No1 in Ireland.

Drawing inspiration from their parents’ record collection – Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash are cited as particular favourites – the brothers fuse classic and contemporary influences to create raw, folk-infused melodic pop that puts them in the same bracket as Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard.

They released their latest single, Chasing Rubies, last month and are currently finishing their debut album which is set for release early next year.

•Tickets for their tour are available from www.hudsontaylormusic.com/gigs.