Country roots revisited

A fusion of folk, blues and country is on the programme for the Wilde Taylor concert in Whangateau.

One of Auckland’s hottest new ‘Americana’ acts, Wilde Taylor, will play at the Whangateau Hall on Wednesday, June 12 to promote their second album, Broadway Cowboy.

Singer/guitarist and front man Jesse Wilde and guitarist/percussionist Ed Taylor formed the group in 2017.

Both Ed and Jesse have been professional musicians for more than 20 years in Auckland and overseas, in a variety of groups and genres.

Ed started life as a sophisticated classical guitarist and award-winning composer, studying performance classical guitar at Auckland University before “turning to the dark arts of hillbilly folk and blues”.

Jesse, on the other hand, has always played folk/rock, heavily influenced by the music of the southern states of the US.

In 2017, the duo recorded an album of original songs in an acoustic folk/country style.

Don’t Blame It On Me was released in in February last year to rave reviews and great sales.

The title track placed in the semi-finals of the International Song Competition in the US, and Wilde Taylor has performed on Radio NZ, Sofa Sounds and Sky TV.

The new album, Broadway Cowboy, was released in March.

Tickets cost $15 and the show starts at 7.30pm.

Ticket Giveaway

Mahurangi Matters has a double pass to give away. Send entries to, with Wilde Taylor Concert in the subject line. Competition closes May 31.


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