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Kathryn Tickell
Kathryn Tickell & The Side

This exciting ensemble brings together folk and classical worlds with an irresistible combination of players and instruments.

Channeling their diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound The Side stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician.

Evocative slow airs that could break your heart 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 in store in the company of Kathryn and The Side.

  • Kathryn Tickell – Northumbrian pipes, fiddle
  • Ruth Wall – harp
  • Amy Thatcher – accordion, clog dancing
  • Louisa Tuck – cello 

“musical exuberance and regional rootedness… music with originality, power and joy.” Songlines

“organic, natural and utterly glorious.” MOJO

“blissfully intuitive… Magnificent.” fRoots

Amy Thatcher is an accordionist and clog dancer who has worked with Kathryn on various projects including ‘JigHop’ a multi-genre spectacular commissioned for the 2012 Olympics celebrations. Amy is also a member of The Shee and The Monster Ceilidh Band.

Classically trained Scottish harpist Ruth Wall 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 is Principal Cellist, Oslo Filharmonien. She is a regular guest principal with many UK orchestras including the John Wilson Orchestra and the CBSO. Louisa plays a Grancino Cello generously donated by a Norwegian donor.

Supported by the PRS Foundation.


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