Friday 10 June | 7:30pm
Outdoor bar & doors open 6:30pm | Concert 7:30pm, ending c. 9:30pm
£22 | £11 (under 25)
Please note that this concert takes place in the unique setting of our covered outdoor courtyard
Kathryn Tickell, Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, vocals | Joe Truswell, drums | Amy Thatcher, accordion, vocals | Kieran Szifris, octave mandolin | Stef Conner, voice, lyres
★★★★ '...an exceptional band'
'a crucial and exhilarating band setting the world on fire'
Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes - a composer, performer, educator and recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. In 2015, she was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of an extraordinary career which grew from humble beginnings (learning pipe tunes from shepherd friends) into an internationally acclaimed presence in jazz, world music and the concert hall through her large-scale orchestral works. Exploring and cultivating her bountiful native heritage of Northumberland have been a constant throughout her professional musical life.
Touring with her new band, The Darkening, Kathryn has received a host of glowing reviews including four star reviews in The Observer and the Financial Times. The music of this band brings some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs to life, intermingling with new material to create a contemporary resonance. Their inspiration comes from the wild, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian, and yet 2000 years ago was a landscape inhabited by people from all around the world, worshipping a variety of gods and following dramatically differing customs and lifestyles.