After his marriage he moved to the village of Saxby All Saints, where he worked and trained as a carpenter and joiner. His love of singing found an outlet in the church choir, to which he belonged for forty-five years. In 1875 he joined the Hope-Barton estate, initially as a woodman (the Hope-Barton family owned the village of Saxby All Saints). From this job he was subsequently promoted to Under-Steward. He also became Parish Clerk in 1874.
His duties in this role included winding the church clock, grave-digging, collecting Church rate from cottagers and the all-important task of responding “Amen” in Services. The sixth North Lincolnshire Music Festival was held in the Corn Exchange at Brigg in April 1905, and included a folk song section for the first time (a result of Percy Grainger's interest). The Taylor family had been involved in previous years, with a number of successes, but Joseph was reluctant to sing in public, and had to be persuaded. he took first prize. After the competition Percy Grainger noted the tune to “Brigg Fair” from Joseph Taylor's singing, and it was subsequently published in the Folk Song Society Journal.
It was shortly after this trip, during which Grainger called at Saxby, that a correspondence started between the collector and Annie Allen, Joseph’s second daughter, which continued until her death in 1937. At the 1906 Festival, Taylor was again awarded first prize, but this time he had to share it with George Gouldthorpe of Goxhill. In June and July 1908 Taylor recorded nine of his songs for the Gramophone Company, the first commercially issued recordings of an English folksinger. The Gramophone Company not only gave him a set of the records, but also a gramophone on which to play them. In May 1910, at the age of seventy-eight, he suffered an accident in a horse and trap, and died soon afterwards. Grainger considered Taylor to have been the finest folk singer that he had had the opportunity to record. 2. A U.S.
Singer who posts video covers on Youtube and ITunes. Most notably released "I See You" a cover of the Leona Lewis soundtrack to Avatar. 3. A classical pianist. Read more on Last.fm.
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