Atlas Bridge – New Band!

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! 

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

For further info contact us here:
Becky 07980600476/becky@beckytaylor.info or 
Maddie 07910140747/madelinesmyth7@gmail.com

Heading out with KUSCHTY RYE..

Kuschty Rye
http://www.kuschtyrye.net/

All go at BT HQ this week gearing up for a guest gig with the KUSCHTY RYE chaps. You can catch them this week in and around Halifax (and Barnoldswick!) with more in the pipeline somewhat further afield, so catch them local while you can!

KUSCHTY RYE is DES HORSFALL….. with an array of wonderful guest musicians. This line-up featured the solid backline grooves of Hugh Bradley on Bass and Dylan Pepper on drums, the mighty Chris Preston on Guitars, Jason Offen on Keys, with Becky adding fiddle, mandolin and a sprinkling of low whistle and concertina.

The 3rd Todmorden Folk Festival is nearly here!

 

The 3rd  Todmorden Folk Festival is nearly upon us with an great line-up of artists that you can read about here –  http://todfolkfest.co.uk/line-up/

Didikai are delighted to be part of the event and you can catch us at our 1pm spot at the Central Methodist Church along with Umpteen Reasons to Swerve, Becky Langan, Ollie King, Wardle Folk Academy & Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band!

Full details of the programme can be found online here: http://todfolkfest.co.uk/2017/04/04/full-programme-details/

We can’t wait!

DIDIKAI

We are very pleased to announce that DIDIKAI are currently taking bookings for 2017 and 2018..

Please contact us here for further information..

Didikai at ArtSBridge 2013. Photo by www.darrenflemingphotography.co.uk

Didikai at ArtSBridge 2013. Photo by www.darrenflemingphotography.co.uk

 

Didikai present a broad and diverse range of material with their enthralling duo featuring the sultry vocal talents of Amy-Rose and the musical finesse of Becky Taylor. They showcase an amazing breadth of line-up encompassing uilleann pipe and fiddle duets, songs accompanied by uilleann pipes, duet concertina, guitar and fiddle (but not all at the same time!),  duelling fiddles,  even some northumbrian small-piping delivered with more than a hint of humour and style.

From this enigmatic and highly original due you can expect anything from self-penned songs to traditional Gypsy ballads, rousing chorus songs and catchy tune sets. You are most certainly guaranteed not to get bored!

 

Another great night of music at The Moorcock last night, For all of you who didn’t make it, DIDIKAI (Becky Talor & Amy-Rose Atkinson) gave us a night to remember – – – if you like beautifully crafted traditional music, this multi-instrumental duo will not disappoint – – – and Amy-Roses’ voice must be one of the best we have heard at The Moorcock.  Thank you both, we will certainly want you to come back.” Andrew Clayton, bookings organiser, The Moorcock Crew.

“Superb Music”Mike Harding (October 2012)

Here’s a DIDIKAI video from Youtube courtesy of Joe Stead (Kimbers Men) where we played a short Cameo spot when Calderdale Folk Concerts presented Vin Garbutt. The song was a brand new one written by Amy called ‘Broken Bindings’.