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. Several other pipers have appeared on her albums - Troy Donockley on "Debatable Lands", Patrick Molard on "The Gathering" and Martyn Bennett on "Borderlands". "Debatable Lands" includes "Our Kate", a composition by Kathryn Tickell dedicated to Catherine Cookson. Jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard wrote a piece with her in 2001. It was premiered at the opening of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. In 2002 Kathryn became director of "Folkestra North".
It is a project to develop young talented musicians, aged between 14 and 19. In 2013 Kathryn formed a quartet called the side with Amy Thatcher, Newcastle based accordionist and clog dancer, also of The Shee and the Monster Ceilidh Band. Classically trained Scottish harpist Ruth Wall, who 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, principal cellist at Northern Sinfonia. Discography 1984 - On Kielder Side 1987 - Borderlands 1988 - Common Ground 1991 - The Kathryn Tickell Band 1993 - Signs 1997 - The Gathering 1998 - The Northumberland Collection 1999 - Debatable Lands 2000 - Ensemble Mystical 2001 - Music for a New Crossing 2002 - Back to the Hills 2004 - Air Dancing 2006 - The Sky Didn't Fall 2006 - Strange But True 2007 - Instrumental 2008 - What We Do 2009 - The Best of Kathryn Tickell 2012 - Northumbrian Voices - - Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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