Kathryn Tickell & The Side *

Kathryn Tickell & The Side *

12th February 2015


Nominated in the Musician of the Year category at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards!

This exciting new ensemble brings together folk and classical worlds with an irresistible combination of players and instruments.

Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound, The Side 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; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of the cello and Ruth’s sparkling harp playing melds it all together – a very special evening is in store in the company of Kathryn and The Side.

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

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 who 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 the Royal Northern Sinfonia, a position she has held since 2007. She is a regular guest principal with many UK orchestras including the John Wilson Orchestra and the CBSO. Louisa plays a rare Italian cello dated 1752 by Jacobus Cordanus.

“Britain’s most celebrated traditional musician and the world’s foremost virtuoso on the Northumbrian pipes... I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.” Richard Morrison, The Times

“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

"...the best living advertisement for English folk music." The Daily Telegraph

Northumbrian Voices: “possibly Kathryn’s most important album to date. Probably my album of the year.” Dai Jeffries, BBC Radio 2 Magazine.

All tickets £16.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm.
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