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Michael-Alan Taylor biography
Michael-Alan was born into a musical family; both his mother and grandmother having sung in clubs of the time and his grandfather played drums. So it was no surprise to his family and friends when he began singing as a small child to his friends the popular songs of the day. He started playing guitar around the time he left school and was initially self-taught sharing his brother?s classical guitar. Many of the first tunes he learned were from his brother who was taking classical guitar lessons.

Shortly thereafter Alan purchased his first guitar, a 12-string Ibanez. He started to write songs and play in folk clubs. Teaming up for a while with the ?Big Man? Pete RODGERS who was previously one of the THE TAVERNERS, a very popular folk group during the 1970s.

In 1981 Michael-Alan met Martin WALKER (Nth ASCENSION) and started writing and recording with him, this partnership and 1986 would introduce him to Darrel TREECE-BIRCH (TEN, Nth ASCENSION) this partnership of friends has continued to write music, most recently as part of NTH ASCENSION.

The late 80?s with friend Darrel, PURPLE ON THE STORM emerged in Fleetwood, UK showcasing Michael-Alan as the energetic and nearly acrobatic front man and stage performer with a powerful and commanding presence.

The 1990-2000s saw a flurry of activity with HELMWIND, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, NOISE FOUNDATION, AD and THE FIELD. Through it all, Michael-Alan also began several solo projects in the rock, progressive and cinematic soundtrack vein.

Today Michael-Alan is active with Nth ASCENSION 2010-present as well as his solo projects.

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 Avalonia (The Sonnets of Guinevere) by TAYLOR, MICHAEL-ALAN album cover Studio Album, 2018
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Avalonia (The Sonnets of Guinevere)
Michael-Alan Taylor Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Right, here is my third attempt at writing this review, as so far I have ditched every attempt as it either comes across as too fawning or doesn't really portray exactly what this album means to me. What we have here is the debut album from Michael-Alan Taylor of Nth Ascension, on which he provides lead vocals, guitars and keyboards. He is joined by Darrel Treece-Birch (piano, additional keys and guitar), Craig Martin Walker (low flute), David Austin Taylor (spoken word) and Melissa Brown (spoken word). This is a concept album, detailing the last days of the brave Knight Lancelot who recalls the battles for Camelot, his devotion to his King and his love of the Lady Guinevere.

To say that it is a cinematic atmospheric soundscape doesn't really do this album justice, and for once an album cover manages to portray exactly the right feeling, as the way that the misty early morning sun finds its way down to the forest floor is a wonderful representation of an album that is beguiling and entrancing. In some ways it reminds me of some of Wakeman's great concept albums, except that the keyboards are far more delicate: Taylor's vocals capture the emotion of the music, and are a perfect fit. There are times when I find myself thinking of Camel's mighty 'The Snow Goose', and I can see myself playing this album a great many times late in the evening, as the mystical and magical atmosphere is so relaxing, and it takes me to a land far away in time. Delicate, but with a hidden strength and power, there is no need at all for drums, as the layered keyboards create a swirling curtain which moves like a magician's cloak, never really sure what is going to happen next, but confident that it will be incredible. I can only hope that this release gets the acclaim it so richly deserves, as it is one of the most important releases I have come across for some time, and there is no doubt that it will feature in my Top Ten of 2018, no matter what the genre. This is an album that enriches the musical soul, and I love it.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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