Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
As part of their national tour, Goosfest welcomes Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening.
The Darkening’ is the Northumbrian name for twilight, but this band’s music blazes fiercely… Kathryn Tickell brings her stellar band to the stage. Pipes, fiddles, lyres and voices conjure up tunes and songs from ancient Northumbria, bringing them to life with new compositions and world-class musicianship.
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
The Darkening’s inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian…and yet, 1900 years ago that same landscape was inhabited by people from the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire, worshipping different gods and following different customs.
Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening embrace that global perspective, bringing some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs throbbing to life, intermingling them with new material and binding it all together with contemporary resonance and attitude.
“A crucial and exhilarating band setting the world on fire.” fRoots
Kathryn Tickell is a Northumbrian piper, fiddle player, composer, educator and broadcaster. Her work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. Kathryn has released 15 of her own albums and has also recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Evelyn Glennie, Andy Sheppard, Joanna MacGregor, Jon Lord, Royal Northern Sinfonia and many others. In 2009 Kathryn was presented with The Queen’s Medal for Music, awarded to those deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to British music. She has twice won “Musician of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was awarded the OBE in 2015. She is a presenter for BBC Radio 3’s “Music Planet”.