- Angels and Demons: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012:
"I love the name Wendy. J. M. Barrie popularised it with Peter Pan, drawing it from Margaret Henley’s baby-talk: ‘friendy-wendy’. Wendy Carle Taylor is one such ‘friendy-wendy’. For an hour or so, nothing else matters but her enchanting voice and encompassing warmth. The set consists of songs chosen for their connection to the search for life’s meaning. The first song is utterly joyous despite it being about finding love in a bleak council block stairwell. Taylor smiles throughout. The tantalising intro into the next song starts on a harmonium. Then the guitar and clarsach join in, taking the audience to a far-off, mythical place. It is ‘She Moves Through The Fair’, but a version so vocally pure and so emotionally resonant that it strikes the very soul. I have never heard it sung with such other-worldly melancholy: it was ethereal and enchanting..."
Public reviews here.
- Celebrate Crieff 2012:
'Wendy Carle Taylor gave an outstanding performance of some of the best known songs composed by Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne of Gask, of which a moving and beautiful "The Land o' the Leal" was undoubtedly the highlight.'
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival Burns2Brel2! sell-out show 2011:
‘Wendy Carle Taylor interprets Scottish, Irish and French songs inspired by poets such as Robert Burns and Jacques Brel. Ranging from an anti-slavery song to an allegory for Nazi Germany, Wendy’s choices were not only melodically stunning but meaningful, too. An incredibly warm, smiling personality who encouraged the audience to join in, she also has a voice which is utterly spectacular.'
- ‘Wonderful voice, wonderful album’
‘The album features Kris Drever and Fraser Fifield - amongst many others – and there’s a fab version of Twa Corbies that almost blew the cones out of my speakers!’
'Scots singer Wendy Carle Taylor is originally from Aberdeenshire - she has a wonderful voice and her album, 'The Vanishing Day', is a cracker!!'
Mike Harding Show, BBC Radio 2
- ‘The album is lovely and the song choices are interesting. The playing is sensitive and delicate too’
Barbara Dickson OBE
- ‘The Vanishing day album by Wendy Carle Taylor – we recommend it!’
Iain Anderson Show, BBC Radio Scotland
- 'This CD is a masterpiece! Excellent production and arrangements, and what variety - and of course,
Wendy's lovely voice!’
Trish Santer, Convener Edinburgh and Lothians Traditional Music and Song Association
- ‘Her new CD is absolutely wonderful. Her voice is beautiful, absolutely fantastic - cool, clear and refreshing, like a mountain stream’
Jim Aird, Black Diamond Radio 107.8 FM
- 'Wendy has a voice of great beauty and musicality. On her CD 'The Vanishing Day' she uses it tastefully, and to great effect, on songs in English, French and Scots.'
Brian Miller, Black Diamond 107.8 FM /singer, guitarist and mandolin player
- ‘The Complete Package’
‘A beautiful voice complimented by stunning instrumentation, presenting some of the best traditional and contemporary music around. Prepare to be moved as you listen.’
David Aird, Heart of the Matter, 107.8 FM Community Radio for Midlothian & South Edinburgh
At the Festival Fringe 2008, 2009 and 2010, Wendy’s shows received critical acclaim:
- 'Her singing is a true feast for the soul'
- 'Smiling eyes, beautiful voice’
And 5 star public reviews:
- ''A lovely show. Wendy has a superb voice and tremendous presentation. Her singing of the Burn's song John Anderson was heart stopping.'
'This show is like balm for the senses as an eclectic mix of songs from Scotland combine with modern classics.'
'This show had everything, variety, talent, humour, charm. Wendy has a great voice, huge versatility and large repertoire.'
And she has had much acclaim from her peers:
- 'Wendy has The Conyach - the gift of singing from the heart and soul'
Sheila Stewart MBE
- 'A rare talent. Her vocal flexibility, emotional range and ability to communicate make her unique. Her enthusiasm, mischievous sense of humour and intelligence are infectious. She moves her audience to tears, laughter, shivers and delight.'
Frankie Armstrong, Singer