Here’s a wee peek at what you can expect at an Atlas Bridge gig…
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
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! ❤
It was great to get out to the Friday evening session at Todmorden Folk Festival which is on all weekend with a host of great acts, performers, musicians and dancers. What a good do!
Label: Own Label; 10 tracks; 38 min
The Gift mixes rustic modal melodies with the world music sound of Barely Works or Oyster Band numbers. Smallcoalpiper is a contemporary Northumberland showpiece, full of pops and stops, with a driving topline and a strong beat, finishing on the classic Small Coals. The air Mable strays across the Celtic rim, somewhere along an imaginary line between Callanish and Compostella. When It’s All Over is a little further West, halfway across that Ireland bridge; a pair of breakneck whistle reels a la Finnegan or McGoldrick. Track 6 is firmly on Irish soil, Carolan’s Captain Kane. The traditional jigs Red Haired Polly and Rattle the Cash keep us there, and The Lady’s Cup of Tea adds some very fine Irish piping. Becky’s style is open and uncomplicated, and the melody comes through strongly. The stately air River Rose leads into an impressive whistle solo. Can’t Help Smiling rounds off this recording with a medley of jigs, leaving no doubt as to Becky Taylor’s abilities: a fine command of her instrument, a repertoire as wide as these islands, and a gift for contemporary composition. Ireland Bridge is good solid pipering from start to finish, and should broaden the horizons of most traditional musicians.
This review appeared on the FolkWorld webiste, Issue 36 published July 2008 Folkworld CD Reviews
Full video of the Aquarium International Project at the Albert Hall, London 2008
Album available to buy, listen and download at Kroogi
BG – guitar, vocals
Boris Rubekin – keyboards
Sasha Tivov – bass guitar
Igor Timofeev – guitar, flutes, saxophones and clarinet
Andrei Surotdinov – violins, viola
Alik Potapkin – drums
Oleg Shar – hand drums, darbuka, shakers, guiro
Djivan Gasparyan – duduk (3). Brian Finnegan – flutes (3, 5, 7, 12). Becky Taylor – uillean pipes (7, 12). Maria Pomyanowska – padudla (4). Alok Verma – tabla (2, 3, 7, 12). Manu Delago – hang drum (7). Alejandro Martinez – conga, shaker (10). John Joe Kelly – bodhran (12). Ric Sanders – fiddle (1, 2, 3, 11). Chris Leslie – mandolin (1, 5, 11). Clare Salaman – nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy (1, 2, 11). Shamita Achenbach-Konig – cello (2, 6, 8, 10, 12). Pip Eastop – french horn, flugelhorn (9, 11). Erin Nolan – viola (6, 8, 10, 12). Nilasha Broughton – violin (6, 8, 10, 12). Dundubhi Dikel – violin (6, 8, 10, 12). Eddie Hession – accordion (10)
Contrabass – Aleksei Ivanov (2, 3, 4, 6). Cello – Nikolai Matveev (2, 3, 4, 6 ,9). Accordion – Evelina Petrova (2). Trombone – Evgenii Vasiliev and Boris Ivanov (2, 11). Tuba – Yanis Rushko (2, 11). Trumpet – Aleksei Popov(9)
Denis Rosov’s vocal quintet (9, 11): Denis Rosov – tenor, Alexandr Smirnov – profundo, Nikolai Agafonnikov – bariton, Alexandra Zhasminova – soprano, Maria Znakhur – alto.
Recorded in St.Petersburg and London (May – November, 2008): B. Rubekin – A. Dokshin (Studio 601, St. Petersburg), Jerry Boys (Livingston Studios, London). Mixed by Jerry Boys at The Livingston Studios.
All songs by BG
Drawings by Sri Chinmoi
Cover photo by Baldur Tryggvason
© 2008 BG