Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

Saturday 22 October 2022

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Kathryn Tickell OBE is a musician, composer, educator and broadcaster and her work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. ‘The Darkening’ is her stellar band and the Northumbrian name for twilight.

With inspiration coming from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, they bring some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs to life, intermingling them with new material and a contemporary attitude.

Kathryn has released 15 of her own albums and has also recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Andy Sheppard and many more. In 2009 Kathryn was presented with The Queen’s Medal for Music, has twice won ‘Musician of the Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was awarded an OBE in 2015. 

“A crucial and exhilarating band setting the world on fire.”


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Kathryn Tickell – Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, voice
Joe Truswell – drums, percussion
Amy Thatcher – accordion, synths, voice, clog dancing
Stef Conner – voice, lyres
Kieran Szifris – octave mandolin 

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