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Kathryn Tickell & The Side

As always, we are pleased to welcome Kathryn Tickell back to The Maltings Theatre. Her last visit was in 2011 with her exquisite Northumbrian Voices project. Now she returns with an exciting new ensemble that brings together Folk and Classical worlds with an irresistible combination of players and instruments.

Kathryn is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.

The Side channels their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound and stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician.

Evocative slow airs that could break your heart move seamlessly into life-affirming jigs and reels. Accordionist Amy Thatcher storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of Louisa Tuck’s cello; and Ruth Walls’s sparkling harp playing melds it all together.

Come and join us for a very special evening in the company of Kathryn Tickell and The Side.

Kathryn Tickell - Northumbrian pipes, fiddle
Ruth Wall - harp
Amy Thatcher - accordion, clog dancing
Louisa Tuck - cello

Suggested age 8+
1h30m + interval
Facebook: Kathryn Tickell
Twitter: @kathryntickell
Video: The Kathryn Tickell Band at the Proms

"Tickell explores her own style of razor-sharp, expansively influenced acoustic folk with great vivacity....spotlighting her dizzying, rapid-fire piping" – BILLBOARD

“To say that Kathryn plays pipes is like saying that Shakespeare was a bit of a writer… one of the true stars of our music” – LIVING TRADITION

More about the musicians:

KATHRYN TICKELL is the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer and successful recording artist, recipient of the coveted Queen’s Medal for Music, and current BBC Folk Awards "Musician of the Year." Highlights of her 25-year career include three appearances at The Proms, two TV documentaries about her work, 14 albums, and collaborations with Sting, The Chieftains, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Andy Sheppard and many more.

AMY THATCHER is an accordionist and clog dancer that has worked with Kathryn on various projects including ‘JigHop’ a multi-genre spectacular commissioned for the 2012 Olympics celebrations. Amy is also a member of The Shee and The Monster Ceilidh Band.

Classically trained Scottish harpist RUTH WALL performs as a soloist and in some of the most exciting ensembles and bands (Goldfrapp, Fitkin) as well as working extensively with composers, orchestras, electronic and visual artists.

LOUISA TUCK is principal cellist at Royal Northern Sinfonia (the youngest principal cellist of any UK orchestra) and also performs regularly as a soloist and with the RPO, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra.

Biography: Kathryn Tickell

Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.

Kathryn also works collaboratively across many genres, making her work contemporary and exciting. She first took up the Northumbrian smallpipes at the age of nine, learning in the traditional way from shepherd musicians in outlying hill farms near her home. All the elements of landscape, weather and stories of the people that lived and worked there were part of her childhood.

Kathryn’s personal evocation of this is heard through the traditional tunes and songs that she brings to audiences all over the world. She has released 14 of her own albums to date and has also recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains, The Penguin Café Orchestra, Evelyn Glennie, Andy Sheppard and many others.

Kathryn’s BBC Proms commission for London Sinfonietta, Muzsikas and Folkestra was premiered in 2008. Then in 2009 she received the Queen's Medal for Music. Celebrating Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 75th birthday in 2009, Kathryn worked with the Nash Ensemble, performing “Kettletoft Inn”, the piece he composed specially for her.

As the Artistic Director of Folkworks, the folk development agency for the north east, Kathryn provides artistic leadership and inspiration for Folkworks programmes and is also the founder and Director of Folkestra, the north east’s dynamic young folk ensemble.

Year: 2013

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