Messing about with the duet concertina

Here’s something I came across whilst looking for something else (isn’t that always the way!). Messing around on the duet concertina with the odd whistle and pipe thrown in, recorded at Steve Smith’s (now of Kimbers Men fame) in 2016 just before the problems with my hand stopped me playing for a while…good news on that front – I will be back in the bellows soon! Watch this space

Duet Concertina


All music and arrangement by Becky Taylor, all rights reserved, © 2016


Debut CD ‘Becky Taylor’ Free MP3 Audio Track & Sampler

Available to buy here from our online shop

“… an absolute delight.”
“… wonderful piping …”
(Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 – February 2003)
“… a debut album high on technical merit and charm …”
(Colin Randall, Daily Telegraph – June 2003)
“… an album packed full of cracking tunes played with real panache …”
“… music to lift your spirits …”
(Paul Saunders, BBC Radio 2 – Folk & Acoustic – June 2003)
“… a real trad treat …”
(Sean Láffey, Irish Music Magazine – July 2003)
“A storming album …”
(Nick Beale, fROOTS Magazine – June 2003)
“… a joy to listen to …”
(Colin Ross, Chairman of the Northumbrian Pipers Society – July 2003)
“… an astonishing solo debut album …”
(Aidan Crossey, Pay The Reckoning – April 2003)
“Loads of great music both traditional and her own composition …”
(Mike Harding BBC Radio 2)

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The Forgetting Room

Very excited to be involved in The Forgetting Room project……

The Forgetting Room




Jeff Noon acclaimed writer and avid Twitter communicator, decided to create the Microspores, 140 character stories, complete stories. Jeff threw out a challenge to have composer contributors write 40 second musical pieces of music to be played alongside the Microspores; many were created and are on the Microspore site to hear. However the work of Jonathan Taylor and The Forgetting Room were the chosen pieces that Jeff believed could be taken from their 40 second birthplace to a full album, The Ghost Codes another of Jeff’s projects.

Here you will find that work, the full tracks are in the stage of final mix, the album hailed as probably the must have album of the year will be available late November 2012.

Remixing Narrative
Dub fiction is a way of remixing text.
The technique can be used to produce new, standalone stories or poems. It also works as a way of creating a second text that works in conjunction with an original piece. In this sense, it acts like a musical remix or an old-school B-side dub mix.


“Scanning for signals in darkness, for voices in static drift.
Hearing only the song of ghosts as they spark across circuits.
Name of planet: unknown. Ship destroyed. No signs of life.
Twin moons: one bone white, the other blood coloured.
Our captain buried the crew, then killed himself.
Patterns of rain across the curve of my visor.
Alone now. Battery low.
I am the last of the mechanisms. The coded remains of Planet Earth.”

You can hear some of the Ghost Codes project on Soundcloud here



Bobby Casey’s Hornpipe/The Orphan (Trad.)


© 1988 Northumbrian Pipers’ Society

This track features Becky playing the Northumbrian Small Pipes at the tender age of 15. It’s taken from the album New Horizon which is still available on vinyl and CD format from the Chantry Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth.

Permission to reproduce this track was kindly given by the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society.

Jiggity Jigs – Live in Rochdale! 2002

D’ jigs (Trad. arr. Taylor/Cowham)


Becky Taylor: Uilleann Pipes
Paul Cowham: Guitar

Recorded live in Rochdale on 26th April, 2002 supporting Shooglenifty presented by Acoustic Roots.

A studio version of this track is featured on the debut album available to buy at our online shop here

Old Ebor Bridge – 1997

Old Ebor Bridge (Thomas/Stipetic/Taylor)   

© 1997 Neil Thomas  

Neil Thomas – Heartland


Becky guested and co-wrote this track on Neil Thomas’s album Heartland. She also plays on the track “Emily and Charlotte” taken from the same album.

Find out about Neil’s latest projects at his excellent website http://www.neilthomas.co.uk/