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

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