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Kathryn Tickell


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Kathryn Tickell (b. 1967) is an English player of the Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle. She has recorded eleven albums, and toured widely.

Kathryn Tickell took up the smallpipes aged nine, inspired by her family - especially her father Mike, who was heavily involved in the local traditional music scene - and by the music of an older generation of traditional musicians such as Willie Taylor, Will Atkinson, Joe Hutton, Richard Moscrop and Tom Hunter. By thirteen, Kathryn had won all the traditional open smallpipes competitions, and was also making a name as an accomplished player of the fiddle. Her family is from the North Tyne Valley area of Northumberland.

Her first album, On Kielder Side, was released in 1984. In the same year she was named the official piper for the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Kathryn turned professional in 1986. She has since toured Europe regularly and recorded with internationally-renowned performers like The Chieftains, Boys of the Lough, and Sting.

In 1990 she formed The Kathryn Tickell Band. As of 2005, the band currently consists of:
Peter Tickell - Fiddle
Julian Sutton - Melodeon
Ian Stephenson - Guitar, acoustic bass guitar
Kathryn Tickell - Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle
Two ex-members of north-eastern traditional music luminaries the High Level Ranters have appeared on her albums - Tom Gilfellon on “On Kielder Side” and Alistair Anderson on “Borderlands” (1986). The latter album included to a tribute to Wark football team.


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  • trough

    Just so you all know. Kathryn is not Scottish. Like her pipes she is Northumbrian and that's English.

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • captainjjb

    Hawthorne - bloody magic.

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • allewyn

    Beautiful. I never heard the small pipes before...

    1 Oct 2009 Reply
  • betalix

    qué música tan hermosa......

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • nd017

    Yes! What weird tags! Gothic, electronica, Trash! What planet are your ears on?? She is completely amasing on recordings and so far beyond that live... An amasing preformer, espesially with her brother.

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • gaelledavid

    The play of the pipe probably from northumberland is wonderful really sharp

    22 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    Some of the silliest tags I've seen for a while...

    8 Dec 2007 Reply

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