Now, I’m ready for 2018!

Isabel and Leah in Cary

With Leah, playing to a full house at Carolina Preserve, November 2017

The new year snuck up on me — non-music-related work, preparing to downsize, and moving took up a lot more energy and time than I would have liked. I did manage to fit in a songwriting workshop with Jon Shain and Joe Newberry, and another annual Great Guitar Camp led by Danny Gotham, both of which felt like shelter in a storm! I finally feel like I’m coming up for air, settling into a routine again, and picking up the guitar and singing on a regular basis, just like I like to ūüôā

Check my dates page for upcoming gigs, both solo and with Leah Kaufman. Next up is a songwriter showcase at Summit Coffee in Davidson, NC hosted by Rob McHale. Am really looking forward to having Barry Gray (of local GrayMatter fame) join me and Leah at The Roost in May!

Also in May is my fourth Southeast Regional Folk Alliance conference, always a joy! Leah and I will be sharing our songs there at some of the “unofficial” showcases, palling around with other musicians, and learning a ton along the way.

Hope the start of this year has been good to you and yours. See you soon!

‘Awake Again’ #15 on Folk DJ Charts

The headline says it all! I’m thrilled that my album is doing¬†so well on folk radio. Yes, there are hundreds of folk radio stations out there, folks! From small towns to big cities,¬†in the U.S. and¬†abroad, folk and other acoustic music is alive and well on Internet stations, local public radio, and college stations. I’m very grateful to all the DJs who have played songs from¬†the CD; almost every track has been played!

Isabel Taylor and Roy Smith

Performing with fellow camper Roy Smith at the fourth annual Great Guitar Camp

2017 is off to a great start (musically speaking!). For the third year in a row, I recently attended Danny Gotham‘s Great Guitar Camp, two days of workshops aimed at honing guitar skills. Entire worlds are opening up to me with what I’ve learned at these events. Contact Danny¬†if you’re interested!

I’m looking forward to all my performance opportunities this year. I’ll be playing in some new venues, including a house concert opening for Jon Shain, and I’ll be back in Baltimore at An Die Musik in the fall. Check my schedule and subscribe to my mailing list to keep up with the latest!

Six days and counting!

Promotional poster for Pinnacle View event featuring David WilcoxI’m so excited to have been invited by my dear friend Elizabeth Trinkaus to sing a few opening songs at a very special concert this Friday in Chapel Hill featuring¬†Asheville-based singer-songwriter David Wilcox!¬†A portion of the proceeds will support I Belize In You, Pinnacle View’s program to provide inspirational books to children in Belize. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Please join us!

The rewards keep coming…

Isabel talking with participants at Pinnacle View beach retreatI recently had¬†the great pleasure of performing at a private event — a beach retreat — sponsored by Pinnacle View. The audience was small and intimate — about ten women in all, seated within a few feet of me, all¬†very present and attentive. The evening¬†was a mixture of performance, story-telling, and sing-along, full of laughter and joy. There were even a few tears (mine!). Engaging with an audience that way was an entirely new experience, and one I found immensely rewarding. If a house concert is anything like this, I see one in my future.

Guitar camp newbie

Last month I had the pleasure of participating in a weekend-long guitar camp led by patient and talented instructors Rolly Brown, Danny Gotham, and Jon Shain. I’ve been wanting to improve my guitar skills, and this camp was the perfect way to expose myself to more music¬†theory and techniques. I’m working hard to incorporate what I learned into my songs. I think my favorite aspect of the camp was connecting with a¬†community of musicians and making new friends. I’m already looking forward to next year’s camp.

Photo of participants and instructors at guitar camp weekend

With instructors and fellow participants at the second annual Great Guitar Camp in Durham, NC.

Please check my Dates page to see where I’m playing next. I’ve been doing a lot of solo gigs in order to focus on improving my performance, but I’m teaming up with Tom Ed White on Feb. 28 for a show in Cary.

If you’re not on my mailing list, please join for more frequent updates. There are some¬†exciting things coming up!