International Uilleann Piping Day 2019 – Leeds

I had a fabulous day on Saturday 2nd November – IUPD2019 (International Uilleann Piping Day), leading a workshop/pipers therapy session with Des Hurley, put on by the Leeds Irish Arts Foundation.

Our venue was the superb ChapelFM in Seacroft – what an amazing space, and complete with a fully functioning and restored pipe organ! We couldn’t have asked for a better venue.

The restored pipe organ at Seacroft Chapel/ChapelFM

Many thanks to everyone who came along and contributed tunes, tips and techniques and stories about their piping, and great to see the Doonan pipers (Michael Doonan and Seanna Cait Doonan) out in force. It was followed by a traditional music session in the nearby Cricketers Arms which seemed to please the regulars there who didn’t bat an eyelid when we descended upon their Saturday afternoon.
Many thanks for the picture courtesy of Seanna Cait Doonan’s mum!

International Uilleann Piping Day 2019. Saturday 2nd November – Leeds!

Informal workshop and recital with Becky
1pm -2.45pm. Chapel FM, Seacroft, York Road, LS14 6JB 

Followed by an Irish Traditional Music Session (all instruments including pipes welcome!) 3pm -4.30pm session The Cricketers Arms, Seacroft Green, Leeds LS14 6JW

http://www.irisharts.org.uk/events.html

Live Review: Becky Taylor & Steve Lacey

Supporting Gilmore and Roberts at Wadsworth Community Centre, Hebden Bridge, presented by BGR Events.

Thanks to Les Gillon for this review of our spot up at Wadsworth, 18/10/19

Last night to Wadsworth Community Centre in Old Town to see Gilmore and Roberts, which was a really enjoyable gig, but for me the highlight of the event was a blistering support set from Becky Taylor and Steve Lacey. I’ve been lucky enough to play with Becky in the past, so I know what a phenomenal musician she is. She was out of action until recently due to a medical problem affecting her hand, but I can report that she is now truly back on form. After struggling with a set of pipes that had developed a problem of their own, she plucked another set from the substitute’s bench and breathed life and fire into them. The duo line up with Steve Lacey works brilliantly – don’t miss out on seeing them if you get the opportunity.  
https://beckytaylor.info

Also a shout out to BGR Events who put on these acoustic music shows at Wadsworth Community Centre. They’re a great example of a not-for-profit organisation that creates and promotes these events purely for the love of the music . They put on artists of the highest calibre throughout the year, so do check out their programme and get on their mailing list if you’re not already on it. https://bgrevents.weebly.com/about.html

Les Gillon is a musician, writer and academic based at UCLan.  He’s worked as a guitarist, bassist, vocalist, composer and songwriter since the 1970s  and has taught performance and composition to young musicians for over twenty years.  He records and performs regularly in a variety of ensembles, playing types of music that range from experimental improvisation to traditional British folk music. This site features his current projects Fez,  Fire Tower 4 and Ghost School.

Together with Professor Ewa Mazierska and Music Industry Consultant Tony Rigg he is a Co-Director of the Music Research @UCLan, which has published a series of edited collections on the future of the music industry and been involved in organising conferences featuring international panels of academics and industry professionals.

In addition to his research in the field of music, he also writes on aesthetics and the visual arts.  His recent monograph The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworks: Commentaries on the Turner Prize (Palgrave, 2015) uses the Turner Prize as a case study, in order to explore fundamental questions about the nature, purpose and value of art. He is also active in practice-based music research that explores composition and improvisation techniques, the use of non-western music traditions and interdisciplinary collaborations with dance, moving image and spoken word practitioner.

Find out more about what Les gets up to at his website: https://lesgillon.org

Date for your Diary – 18/10/2019, supporting Gilmore & Roberts.

Delighted to be supporting Gilmore & Roberts presented by BGR events at their Wadsworth Community Centre venue in Hebden Bridge where I shall be playing a few tunes on various sets of pipes and whistles, accompanied by Steve Lacey on guitar who may even be persuaded to do a song!

Gilmore & Roberts need no introduction, and you are assured of a good night in their company. But please come along and support the BGR Events series of concerts – they continually put on quality folk acts in a great venue, with a very reasonable bar, lovely food available and a great crowd who appreciate their music. On top of all this they raise a great deal of money for local charities. Great! ❤

Atlas Bridge ‘live session’ on the Durbervilles Folk and Roots Show.

Tonight I shall be playing and chatting with the rest of our new band ‘Atlas Bridge’ live on BBC Radio Leeds, The Durbervilles Folk and Roots Show at 8pm. Tune in live, or catch-up with the link here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07n88lj?fbclid=IwAR1m_o_m59L-k5Ix7pc1tWGIu6w3B1E00852f77IchKZgj3XX_m1outQKv0

Just a short post as I need to do a spot of pipe-taming in preparation…
Post-session edit: perhaps I should have done some hair-taming too!

Atlas Bridge at Radio Leeds

Atlas Bridge – New Band!

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

Brand new acoustic 3-piece 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 Smyth underpinned with inventive and energetic accompaniments by Steve Lacey who also adds a song or two to the mix. 

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.

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! 

Atlas Bridge at Radio Leeds

Becky Taylor: Uilleann pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Whistles, Mandolin and Fiddle.
Madeline Smyth: Vocals, Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran and Whistle.
Steve Lacey: Guitar and Vocals.

Atlas Bridge Band at Morley Folk Club
Atlas Bridge Band at Morley Folk Club

For further info contact us here:

Becky 07980600476
becky@beckytaylor.info
or 
Maddie 07910140747
madelinesmyth7@gmail.com

ROOTS ALIVE! in Garforth!

Delighted to be a part of the ROOTS ALIVE concert on Saturday the 23rd March 2019. An afternoon performance of music with the Arts Live Folk Band following a series of workshops in March 2019 with the Irish Arts Foundation. Also featuring the Leeds Fiddle Folk Group!