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

The Nial Judge Legacy Loan Scheme.

On the 18th March 2021 the world lost my dear old friend and musical supporter of many years, Nial Judge. Amongst many other things, he left a small collection of musical instruments and as part of a group of his close friends and family I am delighted to announce the launch of the NIAL JUDGE LEGACY LOAN SCHEME in his memory.

We have a range of instruments to go out on loan to anyone in need or who would like to learn…It’s just the sort of thing he would have loved. More details on the scheme and instruments available on the scheme page https://beckytaylor.info/yorkshirepiper/the-nial-judge-legacy-loan-scheme/

Traditional Music Lessons

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid I will continue to deliver traditional music lessons online, but I am pleased to announce that face-to-face lessons will resume with caution from Monday 12th April in line with government guidelines.

I continue to offer personalised lessons in: Uilleann Pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Whistle, Fiddle, Mandolin and other instruments. Absolute beginners welcome!

Teaching rates from £20 for 30 minutes, £30 for an hour with payment by BACS transfer or Paypal, cash or cheque.

“when life is good – play tunes, when life is not so good – play more tunes”

International Uilleann Piping Day 2020

It’s International Uilleann Piping Day 2020, an unusual one this year because of the global pandemic restrictions. As many events are happening online, I thought i’d share a video I did earlier this year for Na Píobairí Uilleann’s ‘piping from the parlour’ series.

https://www.facebook.com/napiobairiuilleann/videos/piping-from-the-parlour-becky-taylor/606484656733715/

Atlas Bridge live festival events cancelled or postponed.

I was super excited to be playing with Atlas Bridge at a couple of upcoming festivals, but unsurprisingly due to the current situation with Covid-19 all live events have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. More updates as I get them.

The award-wining Hebden Folk Roots Festival in May 2020. This year they have their most exciting line up yet! From celtic rock to trad tunes, and everything in between. I will be there with Atlas Bridge on Saturday the 9th at the fantastic Trades Club venue.

And I am delighted to announce that Atlas Bridge will be opening the afternoon on Sunday the 14th June, 1pm, at the inaugural Tradfarm Traditional Music Festival.

We are honoured to be playing alongside an absolutely world class line-up, in the stunning setting of bodafon farm park. A fabulous rustic venue serving excellent food from a full menu including wood-fired pizzas and the circular-saw barbecue, real ales, fine wines, interesting gins – all a stones-throw from the sea, over-looking Llandudno Bay and The Great Orme, with camping available on-site! Be sure to book your tickets early – quick link here

‘Tune Chaser’ EP Review from Bright Young Folk

Many thanks to Bright Young Folk for publishing this review of the ‘TuneChaser‘ EP. They are busy “Keeping a beady eye on the traditional folk music scene of the British Isles”. Check out their website for a host of reviews, interviews and other interesting stuff.

NEW! Tune Chaser EP Free Audio Sampler

Available to BUY NOW direct at our secure Online Shop

Digital downloads (single tracks and full EP) available at Bandcamp https://beckytaylor.bandcamp.com/album/tune-chaser

“a new EP absolutely drenched with brilliant music”
Mike Harding – The Mike Harding Folk Show #278

an evocative and uplifting listening experience
a kaleidoscopic mix of both traditional tunes from the British Isles and original compositions
Bright Young Folk Feb 2020

1. Bright Slide Set (4.23)
Johnny O’Learys (Trad. Arr Taylor)   
Bright Slide (Taylor)
Baile an tSamhraidh (Trad. Arr Taylor)

Becky Taylor – Uilleann Pipes and Fiddle
Steve Lacey – Guitar

2. Tunechasing (5:10)  
Tunechasing (Taylor) – Reel/Jig
Sliabh Russell (Trad. Arr Taylor)

Becky Taylor – Uilleann Pipes, Anglo and Duet Concertina, Low and High Whistle
Steve Lacey – Guitar
Steve Smith – ‘Tabor’ American Reed Organ

3. Roadfrog – Orkney mix (2:46)  
Roadfrog (Taylor Arr Shearer)
The Lass of Dundee (Trad. Arr Taylor/Shearer)

Becky Taylor – Northumbrian Smallpipes
Stewart Shearer – Banjo, Mandolin, Guitars, Piano, 

Leigh Stothard – Drums
Hugh Bradley – Fretless Bass

4. The Hairy Slip Jigs  (4:18)
Comb your hair and curl it (Trad. Arr Taylor)
Comb your hair and curl it again (Taylor)
The long and the short of it (Taylor)

Becky Taylor – Uilleann Pipes, Anglo and Duet Concertina, Low and High Whistle
Steve Lacey – Guitar
Hugh Bradley – Fretless Bass

5. Heed the Call (Taylor) (3:57)
Becky Taylor – Uilleann Pipes in B 

Recording, mixing and co-production by Steve Smith @ Smithsound Sowerby
Stewart Shearer – co-production and part recording on Roadfrog
Mastered by Sam Proctor Music Production
Cover photo by Keelan T Scott