Yorkshire’s Becky Taylor is one of the most respected female Uilleann pipers of her generation, as well as being an accomplished Northumbrian Smallpiper and Multi-Instrumentalist. In demand as both a solo performer, session musician and teacher, her unique sound, broad repertoire and all-round musical versatility ensured she was renowned both on the folk scene and beyond!
Becky released her debut CD in 2002 to critical acclaim, described as “..an absolute delight..” (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2) and “..a joy to listen to..” (Colin Ross, Chairman of the Northumbrian Pipers Society).
“.. Becky’s musicianship emerges fresh every time ..”
“.. Sparky, much alive and of constant interest ..” (fROOTS )
This was followed by the publication of her tunebook in December 2003 which showcased a selection of compositions from her unique repertoire, and the follow-up album ‘Ireland Bridge’ (2008) which was described as “…Sparky, much alive and of constant interest …” by foremost world roots music magazine fROOTS.
An internationally acclaimed performer for over 25 years, Becky has appeared on stage alongside many notable contemporary artistes such as Fairport Convention, Michael McGoldrick, Shooglenifty, Niamh Parsons, Damien Dempsey, Dervish, and Paddy Keenan to name just a few.
In May 2008 Becky performed with Russian musical legend Boris Grebenshikov and his ‘Aquarium International’ project to a capacity audience at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then she has recorded and guested with him as part of his legendary rock group ‘Aquarium‘ (whose current line-up includes whistle genius Brian Finnegan) across the Russian Federation and Europe, culminating in prominent festival performances at Invasion, DC Jubilee, and Europe’s largest Rock Festival ‘Rock over Volga’ to a crowd of 300,000 in the summer of 2012.
Becky performed solo as well as working as a recording and session/depping musician. She was a member of the traditional duo Didikai featuring Amy-Rose Atkinson, as well as being an occasional guest member of Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies.
(Photo of Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies by Roger Liptrot)
In summer 2017 Becky retired from professional piping engagements following a diagnosis and treatment for Dupuytrens disease in her right hand. She is currently resting and looking at treatment options while taking the opportunity to focus on other instruments, teaching and writing until she is able to resume her live piping career again.