Lockdown Jukebox 2020

What does a musician and charity fundraiser do whilst in the middle of a pandemic-induced social lockdown? Bust out the tunes for donations, that’s what.

Normally, the Holly Jukebox Challenge takes place in December every year (see info about how it works here) . However, as most of us now find our worlds flipped turned upside down, with minimal social contact and live music events being postponed or cancelled during the Spring and Summer of 2020, I want to do my best to bring some comfort, tiny moments of joy and cracking tunes back into your lives.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You request a song you’d like to hear me play using the form here
  2. I’ll confirm the request personally with you via email and agree a go live date
  3. I’ll learn the song, perform it and upload a live video to my YouTube channel (I’m aiming to do a new upload every 48 hours between 21st March – 25th April initially)
  4. You make a donation of whatever you can afford (suggested £20 per song, but please see below for my guidelines) to my chosen charity York Mind via my JustGiving page

The rules:

  1. Please make sure I’ve confirmed your song and go live date via email before making a donation
  2. I’ll have a go at almost any song that brings you joy! But ideally please choose songs already in the public domain if you can I.e. no obscure b-sides (it makes them more entertaining for people watching the vids, and makes learning them from YouTube much easier for me!). Bonus points for pandemic related song choices like ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ etc.
  3. There’s no fixed amount for donations. Times are tough for lots of us right now, all I’m trying to do is bring joy and fundraise as best I can for York Mind. If you can afford to donate £20, that’s cool. If you can afford to donate £5, that’s cool. If you can afford £100, that’s cool too.
  4. I’m aiming to do one song every 48 hours until 25th April. If I have loads of requests, I’ll either extend the deadline or fit some more songs in as we go.

So, you ready? Make a request for your favourite song here

Holly Jukebox is back for 2018!

Hi everyone,

Just a quick message to say that my musical advent calendar, the ‘Holly Jukebox’, to raise funds for York Mind is now up and running!

You can find each video as it goes up here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1dwXqVGclI&list=PLhbEhAqBIe2psYUT3QwLYglUs8TLpU_d_ 

I’ll be uploading them mostly in the evenings (girl’s gotta work, y’know)

I’m so pleased to have raised a fab amount for York Mind – if you’re enjoying the videos, and you’d like to support my fundraising, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hollyjukebox2018

Thank you everyone!

Holly’s going solo at The Grand

Good news folks! Holly’s found a new home for her regular solo gig (whilst Chris is happy to play sound engineer for this one)….

Announcing….. Holly Taymar at The Rise (within The Grand Hotel in York) on selected Friday nights.

The Rise is a beautiful restaurant and bar within The Grand Hotel, right in the heart of York. Grab yourself a spot in one of the comfy sofas, catch some amazing cocktails and hear Holly playing between 8pm – 10pm on selected Friday nights in 2018/19. Check out the Gig List for full dates. (You don’t need to book a table for food if you’d like to come and watch – you can just have drinks if you like).

Oh yeah, and it’s free entry. Cheers!

Holly Jukebox 2017 is live!

Hi everyone,

Just a quick message to say that my month of request videos to raise funds for York Mind is now up and running!

You can find each video as it goes up here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrDc9VmyXK6x8WfM4sqCbwg

I’ll be uploading them mostly in the evenings (girl’s gotta work, y’know)

I’m so pleased to have raised a fab amount for York Mind – if you’re enjoying the videos, and you’d like to support my fundraising, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hollyjukebox17

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Thank you everyone!

Holly Jukebox Challenge – Back for 2017!

IT’S BACK! Holly Jukebox Challenge 2017 now open for requests!

As some of you know, last year I decided to combine two of my favourite things – music and charity – and came up with the Holly Jukebox Challenge. I invited everyone I knew to send me their song requests, which I then challenged myself to learn, perform, film and upload to YouTube every other day in December. In exchange, I asked for a donation per song to local mental health charity York Mind.

The 19 songs I learnt turned out to be brilliant fun, raised over £500 AND it was a hilarious way to combat my Winter blues….

SO I’M DOING IT AGAIN (but bigger)!

During December 2017, I will be uploading a song request EVERY DAY. 31 days. 31 songs. YIKES.

REQUESTS NOW OPEN – Please email your request (and preferred date, if any) to: hollyjukebox@hotmail.com

Donations can be made at: http://www.justgiving.com/HollyJukebox17

I’ll allocate as many requests as I can until the calendar is full! Last year we went through Led Zep, Spice Girls, Barbra Streisand, Prince and The Kinks amongst others. What song would you like me to learn?

You can dedicate songs to someone you know, and select a preferred date. The minimum donation per song is £15, which again will go to York Mind to help support their incredible work.

Thanks everyone – first song upload is 1st December.

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A new home on Tuesdays for Holly – Angel on the Green!

Thanks very much to everyone who came along to my recent show at Angel on the Green (Bishy Road) on Tuesday 5th Sept. I loved playing to such an attentive crowd and felt really at home in this beautiful new café bar, just down the road from my house!

I’m very pleased to say that I’ll be playing at Angel on the Green regularly from now on, with my shows falling the first Tuesday of the month.

The next date is Tuesday 3rd October (9pm – 11pm).

It’s free, there is really lovely (and reasonably priced!) food available at the venue until 8pm and then you can grab yourself something delicious to drink and wind down afterwards with me playing you songs in the back room.

Everyone welcome, bring a pal or simply pull up a chair flying solo.

Hope to see you there next time! HTB xx

I promise I haven’t stood you up.

The eagle-eyed amongst you may well have noticed that the rest of 2017’s Last Drop Inn gig dates have been removed from the Events page. I promise this is not because I’ve stood you up, nor have I driven anyone out of the pub with my playing (I hope) – the place has changed hands and whilst they get stuff sorted, all the music nights have been cancelled.

Boo to this, I say!

However, I’m a busy little bee and I am currently working on booking more dates in lovely York venues (and further afield) so that if you’d like to hear some songs about your feet, the weather, or Oscar Pistorius then you’ll have the opportunity to do so soon.

Please do keep checking back soon for updates. I promise to be better at updating this site!

If you’d like to join me over on Facebook, please do:

http://www.facebook.com/TheBronzeUK / http://www.facebook.com/HollyTaymar

Peace x

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Just a bit of hibernation, still here.

Hello everyone,

Well it has been an awfully long time since our last post, but just wanted to check in with you all to let you know a few things:

  1. We are still here.
  2. We are doing some gigs in 2016 – not quite as many as we have been doing in previous years, but this is deliberate.
  3. We are taking this year to write some songs and we promise they will be more beautiful than ever.

The thing we have realised, is that the kind of songs we really love to play don’t manifest themselves in the midst of ridiculous busy-ness. So we’re taking 2016 as an ‘inhale year’ – which means lots of reading, listening, watching music, observing and generally not doing the Premier-Inn-motorway-routine we have done over the past few years.

It’s cool. There’s new music a-coming and we promise it will be worth the wait. But we’re trying not to RUSH so much. Stay with us on this one and please remember we exist, book us for shows and listen to our existing songs and keep faith that we will have new sounds, hopefully to share with you by the end of the year. But also remember that patience is the key and that having time to refresh is really important to us.

Hope this all makes sense. It really does to us.

Lots of love to everyone and all your families and friends and everyone else

Holly & Chris x

Pre-Orders of ‘The Bronze’ now available


Hi all,

We are very pleased to say that our album ‘The Bronze’ will be released on Monday 15th September 2014.

The initial run of ‘The Bronze’ is only for 100 copies – so if you’d really like to get your hands on one, buy one for your Mum, Dad or dog for Christmas, then please do consider pre-ordering the album via our Shop page.

This will ensure that your numbered copy will arrive on Tuesday 16th September, signed personally by Holly and Chris.

Thanks everyone,

The Bronze x

Free song download and a new band name – ‘The Bronze’

So this is the news… on Friday, we announced that to coincide with the release of our new full-length album in a few weeks, we have chosen to perform and release music from now on under our new band name of …. ‘The Bronze’.

This is to recognise a few things: the fact that we are now making music completely collaboratively and moving away from the lead singer/accompanist set-up; to mark the fact that our new album reflects a slightly different, darker sound which we really hope you like; and the fact that despite many years performing together, we’re lucky if both of our names are included on publicity material, let alone spelled right 🙂

To celebrate this joyous news, we’ve given you a free download of one of the songs from our new album! You can download it from here

We really hope that you come with us in the next stage of our journey together. This website will be re-directing to a new address (www.thebronze.co.uk) shortly, but in the meantime, if you do Facebook, we would be really chuffed if you could pop over to our new Facebook page and give us a like. We will be using that page exclusively for new album previews and other The Bronze news so please do stay with us!

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Thank you all so much for your support x x x x