Traditional Music for Special Occasions.

Music, they say, is the soundtrack of our civilisation so if you are planning a celebration or event, for whatever the occasion, you’ll more than likely be needing some and live traditional music makes the perfect accompaniment. It can be lively, exciting and upbeat or romantic, thought provoking and emotive.

Who are we?

Bowland Strings are professional musicians and provide a high standard of musical entertainment. We are available as either a solo fiddle or fiddle & guitar and can add something special to your celebrations or event whatever and wherever they are.
Julian Taylor is the fiddle player and is often accompanied by Richard Moss on acoustic guitar. Our background is in the years of experience we have in playing around the Northwest for traditional social dancing with the Union Street Country Dance & Ceilidh Band and we are now also available to play our infectious music at a much wider range of events including, hopefully, yours.

What we do.

We play music to accompany your celebrations. Our music works inside and outside, played acoustically or through our PA. It ranges from the toe-tapping sound of jigs, reels and hornpipes to beautiful classic folk melodies, popular lyrical airs, romantic waltzes and contemporary tunes too. Our repertoire is rooted in the traditional music of Northwest of England although we also include many tunes from much further afield. Traditional music has a timeless appeal and haunting fiddle solos, for example, can create an evocative atmosphere at any special event. There will be many tunes amongst our repertoire that your guests will recognise and enjoy.

Audio samples.

To hear us play, click here -

What kind of celebrations do we play for?

All events where you need live music.
Including: Anniversaries, Baptisms, Birthdays, Blessings, Christenings, Civil Ceremonies, Coming out parties, Community events, Corporate events, Engagements, Family gatherings, Hand-fastings, Leaving do's, Promotions, Receptions, Renewal of vows, Retirements, Surprise parties, All parties, Reunions, Weddings & Wakes. I'm sure there are several more I've missed out too!

Corporate and community events.

We would also make a great addition to your business event or product launch, press conference, drinks reception, award ceremony or dinner. And we can be a great back drop for a community project.

Which area do we cover?

We are based on the outskirts of Blackburn just inside the Ribble Valley and travel throughout the Northwest of England although we have played much further afield.

Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

As perhaps you might expect, we do play for lots of weddings and civil ceremonies. Here are some examples of when our music would be appropriate:
    • As your guests arrive for the service.
    • A solo fiddler to lead or escort the wedding procession.
    • The entrance of the Bride.
    • During the signing of the register.
    • As the newlyweds and guests depart.
    • As ‘wandering minstrels’ during a drinks reception or
    • Providing background music during the wedding breakfast.

How much do we charge?

We charge a sensibly-priced hourly rate plus our travel costs. Please call me or send a few details about your event I’ll get back to you with a firm quotation straight away.

How to get in touch

You can find my contact details here.


We've really enjoyed playing at all the events we've been invited to and we've received many compliments. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments, it's been a pleasure. Here's what a few have kindly written:

Your thanks and tributes.
"Will and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding. Lots of family and friends have commented on how fun the ceilidh was and perfect the music was you played during our ceremony and drinks reception. We just need to think of another excuse now to have a party so we can do it all again! Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band. Best wishes Amanda and Will." Stanley House, April 2014
"..We would like to say a big thank you for providing the wonderful music that helped to make our first day as husband and wife so magical. It was so lovely to have you both there. You music was appreciated by all our guests and especially by us. Nobody was as surprised as Ian. It was a wonderful touch to a perfect day, thank you. You will always be part of our happily ever after. With love Ian & Mel x." The Grange Hotel, April 2013.
"Thank you for providing such wonderful music for our wedding. Everyone really enjoyed the atmosphere it created and the dancing was fantastic, with eveyone on up on their feet! Thank you so much. Toria & Mike." Brockholes, April 2013.
"..You were brilliant and really contributed to our perfect day. Sorry didn't have time to say thanks personally or have much conversation with you, but time FLEW! Will certainly be recommending you to anyone having a function. Thank you so much again Janyl, Frank, Beth and Jony." Beeston Manor, October 2012.
"..We thought that the day was fantastic and your playing really enhanced the atmosphere at the Abbey; as one guest said, it was "magical". John and Gaynor were delighted and loved the idea of being "escorted" from the church - although they were very surprised to see you - as we hoped they would be. John regretted that he was whisked off for photos as he would have liked to have heard more of your music. So very many thanks from all of us. Catherine and Harold.” Whalley Abbey, June 2011.

Here is a selection of our bookings.

When: Event: Where: Comments:
25th January 2017 Burns' Day!
Fiddle & guitar
Southport Private function
16th June 2017 Corporate Open Day
Fiddle & guitar
Southport Private Function.
17th June 2017 Birthday celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Ramsbottom Civic Hall. Private Function.
5th August 2017 Wedding celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Great Eccleston. Private Function.
5th August 2017 Wedding celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Weeton Village Hall. Private Function.
14th September 2017 Party time!
Fiddle & guitar
Southport. Private Function.
3rd December 2016 Wedding celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Browshome Hall Private function
29th October 2016 Wedding celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Ferraris, Longridge Private function
31st December 2015 Wedding celebrations
Solo fiddle
United Reformed Church, Tockholes. Private Function.
21st August 2015 Wedding celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Shireburn Arms Hotel, Hurst Green. Private Function.
28th March 2015 Wedding celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho. Private Function.
21st March 2015 Wedding celebrations
Fiddle & guitar
Alma Inn, Colne. Private Function.
15th January 2015 Folk Night:
Fiddle & guitar
Shireburn Hotel, Hurst Green. Private Function.
11th April 2014 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor. Private Function.
7th. September 2013 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Gossel Ridding, Windermere. Private function.
13th. April 2013 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
The Grange Hotel,
Grange over Sands.
Private function.
14th. April 2013 Family christening:
Fiddle & guitar
Lytham Cricket Club. Private function.
20th. April 2013 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston. Private function.
6th. October 2012 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Beeston Manor, Hoghton, Nr. Preston. Private function.
3rd. June 2012 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Mottram CEP School, War Hill, Mottram. Private function.
24th. March 2012 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Shaw Hill Golf Club, Nr. Chorley. Private function.
6th. August 2011 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Hurst Green Village Hall, Hurst Green. Private function.
10th. June 2011 Wedding celebrations:
Solo Fiddle escort
Whalley Abbey, Whalley. Private function.
7th. March 2010 Christening:
Fiddle & guitar
Lytham Cricket Club. Private function.
27th. March 2010 Charity evening:
solo Fiddle
Feniscowles, Blackburn. Private function.
4th. June 2010 Charity evening:
solo Fiddle
Feniscowles, Blackburn. Private function.
23rd. October 2010 Opening of new Local History Gallery:
Fiddle & guitar
Bolton Museum & Archive. Private function.
21st. August 2008 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Mitton Hall, Whalley. Private function.
27th. December 2008 Wedding celebrations:
Fiddle & guitar
Manchester Town Hall. Private function.