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! ❤

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!

Baby Rosey’s Slip Jig

Baby Rosey’s Slip Jig

Baby Rosey’s Slip Jig, Becky Taylor, all rights reserved, © 1999

This tune was written in 1999 shortly after the birth of my daughter, Rosey.  She used to call them ‘diddly diddly’ or ‘mummy tunes’.The harmony written here is not a ‘duet’ harmony, but is a representation of the arrangement as it appears along with full backing on the CD ‘Becky Taylor’. The second part of the tune is a variation on the harmony from the first part, with the addition of a counter harmony just to confuse things!

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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Jiggity Jigs – Live in Rochdale! 2002

D’ jigs (Trad. arr. Taylor/Cowham)

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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

Аквариум I Борис Гребенщиков I БГ — Архангельск (2011)

Arkhangelsk

Full album downloadable from Kroogi

Все песни – БГ, кроме “Пролет аэростатов над полем клевера” – Игорь Тимофеев 

Борис Гребенщиков 
Борис Рубекин 
Игорь Тимофеев 
Олег Шар 
Андрей Суротдинов 

Александр Титов 
Brian Finnegan 
Liam Bradley 

Additional musicians: 
Phil Cunningham – accordion (9) 
Sean Og Graham – button accordion (4) 
Mikey Rowe – Hammond, mellotron, space keyboard, piano (6) 
Karen Street – accordion (9) 
Meabh O’Hare – fiddle (2) 
Becky Taylor – Northumbrian pipes (2) 
Сергей Стародубцев – мандолина (4) 
Brona Graham – banjo 
Neill McColl – banjo 
Eoghan O’Brien – harp 
Sandy Lawson – didjeridoo 
Barry Kerr – Uillean pipes 
Tiarnan O’Duinnchinn – pipes 
The Kickhorns (5, 7) 
Kenneth Schaffer – Morse code 

Sound recordist – Jerry Boys 
Запись музыкальных звуков – Борис Рубекин 
Мастеринг – А. Субботин 

(с) БГ 2011 

Дизайн – БГ/Владимир Забавский 
Фото – Павел Антонов и БГ