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  Kathryn Tickell
Kathryn Tickell Tickell's roots are in the North Tyne Valley of Northumberland, where many of her relatives still play traditional music. Her father Mike Tickell is an acclaimed performer of the songs of this area. Kathryn took up the Northumbrian smallpipes at the age of nine and by the age of thirteen had won all the traditional open smallpipes competitions and was rapidly making a name for herself as a fiddle player.

At the age of sixteen Kathryn released her first album, "On Kielderside". Two years later, in 1986, she turned professional, immediately entering a busy touring schedule throughout Britain & abroad, as well as recording her second album, "Borderlands" which was the first recording to include her own compositions.

In 1990 the Kathryn Tickell Band was formed. The next few years saw Kathryn putting all her energy into the band, recording the albums, "The Kathryn Tickell Band" and, "Signs" and touring extensively throughout the world. However she still found time to compose music for two of Newcastle's Live Theatre Company productions, to present a series of programmes for Radio 2, record with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and with The Chieftains. During this time Kathryn also contributed to Sting albums, as well as joining him to play live at Newcastle City Hall & also on TV.

In March 1997 Kathryn's sixth album, "The Gathering" was released to great critical acclaim and led to appearances on Later with Jools Holland and playing live on Andy Kershaw's Radio 1 show. In May, Sting, Jimmy Nail & Kathryn hit the stage of the Carnegie Hall, New York, performing, "The Waters of the Tyne" at a benefit concert in aid of the Rainforest Foundation. The song has also been recorded for a benefit CD, "Carnival".

In 1998 Kathryn released, "The Northumberland Collection", an album featuring various musicians and singers from the county. She also became Gateshead's Composer in Education, working with three primary schools and the Gateshead Youth Orchestra. 1999 saw Kathryn touring with her new band & releasing her eighth album, "Debateable Lands". 2000 was another exciting year with, "Lordenshaws" Kathryn's piece for pipes & small ensemble, being penned, toured and broadcast. The other major project of the year was, Ensemble Mystical - An exciting new group set up by Kathryn and including musicians from classical, jazz and folk backgrounds. The CD, "Kathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical" was released in the Autumn and was followed by a sell out tour.

2001 saw Kathryn touring in Uganda, Canada, Italy, France and the UK. Collaboration with jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard resulted in a major multi-media work, which was premiered at the opening of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. It was also released as a limited edition CD (Music for a New Crossing). Since September 2001 Kathryn has been a part -time lecturer on the new Folk and Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University. More information can be found at kathryntickell.com.

   
 
Ensemble Mystical
CD $14.99 catalog# prkcd57
Ensemble Mystical
The Burning Babe
Debateable Lands
CD $14.99 catalog# prkcd50
Debateable Lands
The Northumberland Collection
CD $14.99 catalog# prkcd42
The Northumberland Collection
The Gathering
CD $14.99 catalog# prkcd39
The Gathering
 
 


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