Acoustic duo with Sam Lawrence

Very happy to announce a new musical project: – an acoustic duo with multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Sam Lawrence.

Between us we have lots of tunes and songs on two sets of Uilleann pipes, duelling whistles, bouzouki, guitar, concertina, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, mandolin and probably something else that I have forgotten…
We made a short video to show the sort of noise we make.

The Folkies Folk!


Here’s a pic from Sams Instagram at our first gig with 3 sets of Uilleann pipes, 4 chanters, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, 4 whistles and a PA!

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Current Teaching Rates (January 2024)

Lessons for all instruments are offered in slots of 1 hour or 30 minutes in Settle, North Yorkshire, and via Skype and other online platforms.

Regular lessons: One hour – £35, Half hour – £25

‘Casual’/one-off lesson rate – One hour – £40, Half Hour £28

Discounts for multi-instrument or extended lessons available. All lessons are strictly by appointment only, please contact becky@beckytaylor.info to discuss your requirements. DBS cleared and insured – certificate available on request.

Cancellation Fees:

Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice – full fee payable**.

**Exceptions for sudden illness and covid isolation requirements, please contact me for details. We regret we are unable to offer cash refunds.


Traditional Music Lessons

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Becky has been teaching traditional music for over 25 years and is experienced in one-to-one tuition, group workshops at festivals and events, and tutoring youth groups. She has great enthusiasm and ability in helping people improve their playing and achieving their goals whether that be learning a new instrument from scratch, brushing up on technique and ornamentation, or increasing repertoire. Her relaxed, easy style will improve your confidence and help you make progress quickly. Complete beginners always welcome!

Rating: 5/5
Comments: Brilliant tutor, lovely to have a tutor who is passionate about the instrument and music. In addition enthusiastic to help me make good progress. Thoroughly recommend her.”
(FirstTutors Comments: 31/01/2020)

Becky currently teaches the following instruments and levels:

  • Uilleann Pipes – Beginners, Intermediate/Improvers and Advanced
  • Northumbrian Smallpipes – Beginners, Intermediate/Improvers and Advanced
  • Tin whistle – Beginners, Intermediate/Improvers, and Advanced
  • Fiddle – Beginners, Intermediate/Improvers
  • Mandolin – Beginners, Intermediate/Improvers
  • Other instruments available on request

Please contact Becky at becky@beckytaylor.info for further details and availability.

International Uilleann Pipers Day- Saturday 6th November 2021

North West Uilleann Pipers
Photograph by David Lim

On Saturday 6th November North West Uilleann pipers will be celebrating International Uilleann Piping Day at The Yard Manchester M8 8NF https://www.theyardmcr.com/
Here is the itinerary for the day:
10am Welcome and coffee
10.30am Reed making – Sean Jones
10.30am Pipe maintenance – David Lim
11.30am The Scrape: talk/demonstration/discussion – David Lim
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Try the Pipes – Jim Horan
1.30pm Reed making – Sean Jones
1.30pm Piping workshops – Becky Taylor
3pm Piping recital/Piper’s Chair – Becky Taylor and anyone else who would like to play
4pm Finish
There will also be space and opportunities for some sociable tunes. 
To help cover costs they are charging £10 for the day or part of the day.

Atlas Bridge

Exciting acoustic 3-piece band Atlas Bridge bring together the tuneful talents of Uilleann Piper & Multi-instrumentalist Becky Taylor, with sensitive, honest vocals and melodic 5-string banjo from Madeline Andrew underpinned with inventive and energetic accompaniments by Steve Lacey who also adds a song or two to the mix. 

Expect engaging, high energy, lively tune sets interspersed with thought-provoking songs. With a multitude of different instruments between them and a fresh approach to more familiar material as well as vocal variety, there is plenty of interest here! 

Here’s a wee peek at what you can expect at an Atlas Bridge gig…

Atlas Bridge came to life in the Sparrow Café in Bradford drawing from their shared love of good tunes, good songs and a willingness to keep the show on the road no matter what. Their name, with its roots from Greek mythology for the Atlantic Ocean or Atlantis Sea, echoes the bridge and deep-rooted musical connections between Irish and other Celtic folk traditions and the Americana/Appalachian music and song that is reflected in their repertoire.

Atlas Bridge Band at the Sparrow Cafe in Bradford, May 2019

Becky Taylor: Uilleann pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Whistles and Mandolin.
Madeline Andrew: Vocals, 5-string Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran and Whistle.
Steve Lacey: Guitar and Vocals.

For further info contact us here:

Becky 07980600476
becky@beckytaylor.info