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Kathryn Tickell


Folk on Foot

Another joyous podcast from the award-winning Folk on Foot team. Join Kathryn and her dad, Mike Tickell, interviewed by Matthew Bannister, as they stroll along the banks of the River Rede in Northumberland, conjuring up stories, songs and tunes. Listen at

Season’s Greetings!

Kathryn presents Yorkshire Carolling from a pub near Sheffield, for BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet. Cheers and happy Christmas!

The Darkening autumn tour 2021

Let’s try again with a tour! See Live Dates for ticket links. 

Tunes from The Women

Read more about this exciting initiative and how to submit tunes on Magnetic North East’s website. Kathryn’s seed of an idea has sprouted! A book of tunes by 100 contemporary female composers from the folk/traditional music scenes of the UK and Ireland is to be published in 2022 by Faber Music. 

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival Sunday 22 August — line up change

If you follow Kathryn on Twitter you’ll know that within the space of a few hours two members of The Darkening had to drop out due to Covid. Determined not to let Purbeck audiences down, Kathryn, Amy and Kieran rehearsed long into the night with the superb singer and harpist Rachel Newton. Luckily Rachel will be en route to another show after Purbeck and is able to squeeze in this festival slot on Sunday evening. It will be a memorable show!

“It’s been such a long time…”

An interview in The Yorkshire Post, ahead of live concerts at Ryedale Festival.

Live concerts this month!

Real live concerts coming up! Cockermouth Live on 3 July, has been sold out for a while. Ryedale Festival on 27 July has sold out for the 5pm performance, but some tickets are available for the 8pm show. Exciting!

A young Kathryn Tickell plays her fiddle on stage

The Long Tradition

An 80s TV portrait of a young Kathryn at home: the North Tyne country, wilful, remote, rich with Reivers history, and the tunes and ballads of shepherd musicians from whom she learnt her craft.

BBC Radio 3 Music Planet — 1st May

Kathryn hosts Music Planet on Saturday 1 May, 16:00 GMT. The featured artist is Peruvian soprano Yam Sumac and there’s a fascinating Road Trip to Colombia with Betto Arcos exploring the history of popular folk music style vallenato

BBC Radio 3 Music Planet: 1 May

Kathryn hosts Music Planet on Saturday 1 May, 16.00 GMT. The featured artist is Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac and there’s a fascinating Road Trip to Colombia with Betto Arcos exploring the history of the popular folk music style vallenato.

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