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

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/

Playing my new Fred Rose whistle!

I’ve always played a high D whistle made by Fred Rose having been lucky enough to play one of his very first batch from way back in the 90s. After 30 years of hard playing I was delighted to get my hands on one of his more recent creations, it’s a ‘proper pipers whistle’ and here’s a clip of it in action.

Find out more about Fred Rose whistles at https://www.fredrose.co.uk/