Hello, my name is Holly Taymar.
“Measured and beautiful” Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
I’m a guitarist, singer, songwriter and Mama based in York, UK.
Since 2004, I’ve been writing and performing music both as a solo artist and as part of my duo, ‘The Bronze’, with my husband Chris Bilton. I’m currently performing solo while we collaborate on raising our daughter, Ripley.
Through my early beginnings learning my craft at acoustic nights across the UK, somewhere along the line I started to make beautiful music. I can (and do) write about pretty much anything – gardening, housemates, other people’s jobs, cats. Everything has a soul, doesn’t it? I like to give people, places and feelings a voice in music.
Some of my proudest things:
- Played to thousands of people in gig venues, festivals, weddings, funerals and hospital wards (meeting many firm friends along the way)
- BBC 6Music airplay from Tom Robinson
- BBC Radio 2 airplay from Steve Lamacq and Sir Bob Harris
- Written, recorded and self-released 5 x albums of original music
- First Class Honours degree in Performance: Music
- Raised thousands of pounds for charities with my donation based cover request challenge, ‘Holly Jukebox’
Cliché alert: Music truly is an integral part of my life.
When everything else falls away, music has always been there for me and never asks anything in return. It’s in my heart, my head and my hands. A permanent companion that helps me make sense of the world around me.
I look forward to sharing my sounds with you.
This time last year, I was still on maternity leave, and music felt like the furthest it had been from me in a long time. Up to my eyes in new-parent-identity-crisis, still shellshocked from the overwhelm of becoming a Mum, plus of course not wanting to leave my baby to go out and gig – I wondered if I would ever feel that very specific spark of creativity again.
Now here we are. 12 months down the line, and a blooming new album in my hands. I genuinely cannot believe it!
Built song by song in the minutes carved out between teatime and toddler bedtime, ‘The Making Of Me’ is a collection of 8 honest, relatable songs, neatly packaged into almost exactly 30 minutes of playing time. It represents a return to myself. Well, a new and improved version of myself – someone who can write, perform and now record my own music. The very definition of DIY, each song has been written and recorded in the top room of my house, each CD has been packaged individually by my fair hands (and very nearly my daughter’s).
I have a few people to thank:
Chris Bilton – for 100% believing in me, and giving me the confidence and tools I needed to do it (plus your atmospheric electric guitar skills, and your Christmas tree nostalgia)
My Mum – for unending support, encouragement and love
Emi & the HMC – for our unique friendship, and helping me heal my relationship with songwriting
John Illingworth – for the inspiration behind track 3, ‘Song To The Ninety-One’
Anna S & family – for the inspiration behind track 5, ‘Corellia’
Sophie Howard – for the beautiful CD layout design + graphics
Daniel Gonzalez – for the cello on track 2, ‘January’
Dan Webster – for help with the final mastering and DDP files
My daughter, Ripley Rose Bilton – for being the very making of me
I could not be prouder of this CD and I hope it soothes whatever ails you. Thank you so much for sticking with me and for patiently waiting for the stars to align so I could make it happen.
Gonna write another one next year – the songwriting lid has been well and truly lifted!
Listen to The Making Of Me:
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/hollytaymar
Thanks everyone. You’re the best xxx
At the beginning of this year, with an 8 month old baby, I made a resolution to let more music into my life. Now, I’ve never really been mad-keen on resolutions – setting yourself up for disappointment and all that – but by crikey, I’ve kept this one and guess what?
In December 2022, I’m releasing my first collection of new music since 2014 🎶
8 original songs. Solo stuff. Everything written, recorded and produced at home by me. Will be available to buy on my web shop, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube (heck the songs will even be on TikTok if you’re into that). Release date tbc, but it’ll be out in December – please keep checking my pages for updates 💜
I won’t be doing any shows to promote the release. For the first time ever, I purely just want to share these songs with you all with no expectations. Some radio play would be cool, but do you know what? I’ve made these songs for me, and for anyone else who digs them. I’m not trying to convince anyone to give me a record deal, I’m not trying to make a ton of money. I am so excited for you to hear what I’ve been working on these last few months – thank you so much for sticking with me.