Songbird Kate Taylor sets out on two-town tour

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Singer-songwriter Kate Taylor is a rare bird with a sweet voice, and when she takes flight she should not be missed. She is venturing out, but staying close to her up-Island home, for a two-night Island tour, Tuesday, July 14, at the Aquinnah town hall and the following day, Wednesday, at the West Tisbury Grange Hall, 1067 State Road, next to the West Tisbury town hall.

Ms. Taylor will bring her special brand of rock, country, rhythm and blues, Appalachian folk music, and a winning stage presence to these intimate settings.

She is a member of the family “Taylor,” genus “musicians,” species “female Taylor musicians.”

Like the rest of her family, Ms. Taylor gives an interpretive voice to her music that is both melodic and moving. She is the sister of musicians James, the Grammy award-winner; Livingston, a music teacher at the Berklee College of Music and a performer; Hugh, who owns the Outermost Inn in Aquinnah; and Alex, who is deceased. Her mother Trudy of Chilmark is a trained singer, and her daughter Aretha also knows how to charm with her voice.

James’ children (Kate’s niece and nephew) Sally and Ben Taylor are singer-songwriters in their own right. Ms. Taylor’s nephew Isaac, son of Alex, will be one of the special guests during her two-town show. He will sing a half-dozen of his own songs. “Isaac is a superb songwriter,” his aunt told The Times. The two will sing together as well.

When Kate performs, there is no telling who might jump on the stage to help out — whether from her family or from her large circle of talented musician friends.

Ms. Taylor first achieved recording success in the early ’70s with her debut album “Sister Kate.” She toured for a number of years, and produced two more records before settling into motherhood and now grandmotherhood on Martha’s Vineyard. She produced three albums in the new century, with the latest, “Fair Time!” coming out in 2009. The title track is a reference to the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair, and is a tribute to her Island friends.

Kate Taylor in concert with special guests including Isaac Taylor. Doors open at 7:30, show time at 8:00 pm both nights, Tuesday, July 14, at the Aquinnah town hall and the following day, Wednesday, July 15 at the West Tisbury Grange Hall. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at Alley’s or at