Elizabeth Jane Taylor - Biography


Elizabeth Jane Taylor (nee Warren-Perry) was born in Lisburn, County Antrim , (near Belfast), Northern Ireland and emigrated to Canada with her family in the 1960's. Have a look at Perryville House Hotel, the ancestral home of Jane's Father! Jane is also related to the Sherlocks of Ireland (father's mother's mother was a Sherlock). Jane was raised in Dalhousie, on the North Shore of New Brunswick.  Jane graduated in 1983 from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree.  Jane's career (over 25 years in the IT business) has advanced from programmer analyst, systems developer, project manager to her current position as the Manager of Corporate IT Contracts for the Province of New Brunswick.  Frank and Jane met in Fredericton in 1989 and were married in 1993.


Irish Mystery

Click here for background on an Irish mystery/search Jane has embarked upon.


Music history

Frank gave Jane her first bodhran on Saint Patrick's Day in 1991. Lacking access to professional tutoring, she taught herself to play by listening to traditional Scottish and Irish albums.  Perhaps her talent is due to her Irish ancestry!



Jane and her bodhran at Festival by the SeaMrs. Taylor, who joined her husband's show in 1993, travels to perform with him when time permits.  After purchasing a Fred Halpin tunable bodhran in 1994, Jane developed her own unique style of playing.

Jane embroidered the Celtic knotwork on the velvet jumper she is wearing, and painted the Celtic designed T on her bodhran. This picture was taken following a Festival by the Sea performance in Saint John, NB in 1998.



Most recently in the winter of 2003, Jane recorded a bodhran track on "I want to go to Ireland", by Barry Sullivan, at Outreach Productions.

Jane was delighted to be a part of the  Into the Bright Sunlight release with TootSuite, Marilyn Inch and Gayle Vincent, in the fall of 1995.

As well as being instrumental in the CD layout and design, Jane recorded tracks on both of Frank's albums, An Immigrant's Prayer in 1996 and Thistledown Thunder in 1999.

One of Jane's favourite musical pastimes is to join sessions of traditional folk musicians.

Read more about Jane's involvement with Frank's music.  Have a look or listen to Jane's Song, Three Blackbirds and Tug of War, songs which Frank wrote in her honour.



The bodhran on the left is made by "Moggy" Marc "Mog" Moggy, of Renegade Rhythms Bodhráns in England. The bodhran on the right is made by Fred Halpin, of Gloucester, Ontario, Canada.  Listen to Jane play both drums on the intro to Rise Again on the Thistledown Thunder CD.

To learn more about the instrument, go to the Bodhran Home Page.


Lessons & session work

Jane offers private bodhran lessons and can record as a session musician on studio recordings.  If you are interested in learning how to play the bodhran or want a bodhran track to liven up your audio or video production, contact Jane. 


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