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Northumbrian piper and composer Kathryn Tickell performs with her long-time “right hand woman” Amy Thatcher (accordion, clog dancing). Evocative slow airs that could break your heart move seamlessly into rapid-fire jigs and reels. Amy’s clog steps provide a joyous percussive element.
Kathryn Tickell is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. She is a composer, performer, broadcaster and recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. Her extraordinary career began with taking up the smallpipes at the age of nine and learning tunes from old shepherd friends in the outlying hills near her home. Over the years her talent evolved to traverse genres from jazz and world music to large-scale orchestral works. She has released 16 of her own albums to date and has also recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains, Penguin Café Orchestra, Jon Lord, Evelyn Glennie, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and many others. She has twice won “Musician of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was awarded the OBE in 2015 for services to folk music. Kathryn is a regular presenter for BBC Radio 3’s “Music Planet”.
Amy Thatcher is one of the UK’s leading folk accordionists. Her musical roots are in Stockport’s Fosbrook Folk Education Trust, where she trained from the age of eight on accordion, fiddle, piano and clog dancing. The Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University took her to the north east where she now lives. Amy is a member of The Monster Ceilidh Band, The Shee and Kathryn’s ensembles The Side and The Darkening.
“I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.” Richard Morrison, The Times
“Kathryn’s musical exuberance and regional rootedness… endow her music with originality, power and joy.” Songlines