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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. The violin is a stringed musical instrument that has four strings tuned a fifth apart. ...

Kathryn Tickell was born in Wark, in the North Tyne Valley of Northumberland. She 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 Billy Pigg. By thirteen, Kathryn had won many traditional open smallpipes competitions, and was also making a name as an accomplished player of the fiddle. Wark is a Scots noun for a building, from the noun wark [wark, wA:rk] (work). ... For other places with this name, see Northumberland (disambiguation) Northumberland is a ceremonial and administrative county in northern England. ... Billy Pigg (1902 - 1968) was an English player of Northumbrian bagpipes Northumbrian Pipers Society The Northumbrian Pipers Society was formed in 1928 in Newcastle Upon Tyne to promote both types of Northumbrian bagpipes - the smallpipes and the somewhat rarer half-longs. ...

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. A mayor (from the Latin maīor, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... Newcastle upon Tyne, often shortened to Newcastle, is a city in the county of Tyne and Wear in North East England. ...

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. The Chieftains is an Irish musical group founded in 1962, known for performing and popularizing Irish traditional music. ... The Boys of the Lough are one of the longest-surviving Celtic bands. ... Sting can mean: In biology a sting is the part of a number of animals, such as wasps, bees and scorpions, that delivers a poison when used to pierce the skin of another animal. ...

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 tradional music luminaries the High Level Ranters have appeared on her albums - Tom Gilfellon on "On Kielder Side" and Alasdair Anderson on "Borderlands" (1986). The latter album included to a tribute to Wark football team. A melodeon is a type of 19th century reed organ with a foot-pumped suction bellows. ... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... Fender Precision Bass Bass Guitar is a popular term that refers to electric and acoustic basses - stringed instruments similar in design to the guitar, but with longer scale and tuned lower in pitch. ... North East England is one of the regions of England. ...

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. Troy Donockley is an English player of uillean pipes. ... Martyn Bennett (February 17, 1971-January 30, 2005) was a musician who was born in St. ... Dame Catherine Ann Cookson DBE OBE (20 June 1906–11 June 1998) was an English novelist. ... The Gateshead Millennium Bridge spans the River Tyne in England between Gateshead on the south bank, and Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. ...

In 2002 Kathryn became director of "Folkestra North". It is a project to develop young talented musicians, aged between 14 and 19.


  • On Kielder Side (1984)
  • Borderlands (1987)
  • Common Ground (1988)
  • The Kathryn Tickell Band (1991)
  • Signs (1993)
  • The Gathering (1997)
  • The Northumberland Collection (1998)
  • Debatable Lands (1999)
  • Ensemble Mystical (2000)
  • Music for a New Crossing (2001)
  • Back to the Hills (2002)
  • Air Dancing (2004)

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Kathryn Tickell - definition of Kathryn Tickell in Encyclopedia (107 words)
Kathryn Tickell (born 1970) is a British musician who has popularized the Northumbrian small pipes and recorded with internationally-renowned performers like The Chieftains and Sting.
In 1984, she was named the official piper for the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and released her first album, On Kielderside.
After another album and a pan-European tour, Tickell formed the Kathryn Tickell Band and continued recording with some mainstream success into the 21st century.
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