Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes, fiddle)
Ruth Wall (harp)
Amy Thatcher (accordion, clog dancing)
Louisa Tuck (cello)
Kathryn Tickell is the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes – a composer, performer and recording artist recently awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music and currently BBC Folk Musician of the Year. Her new folk-classical group The Side takes its name from a famous street in Newcastle and draws together the diverse talents of accordionist and clog dancer Amy Thatcher, Scottish harpist Ruth Wall, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s principal cellist, Louisa Tuck.
Channelling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound, The Side also stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s roots in the landscapes and folk music of Northumbria. Evocative slow airs move seamlessly into life-affirming jigs and reels; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of the cello; and Ruth’s sparkling harp-playing melds it all together. A very special evening is surely in store.
‘To say that Kathryn plays pipes is like saying that Shakespeare was a bit of a writer… one of the true stars of our music’ – Living Tradition
‘The best living advertisement for English folk music’ – Daily Telegraph
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