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Kathryn Tickell


Yuletide greetings!

… and good luck for 2020!

Där finns det äkta magi!

A great review of ‘Hollowbone’ in Swedish music mag, Lira. Read the full review here.

The Darkening: UK tour autumn 2019

“A crucial and exhilarating band setting the world on fire.” fRoots. Exciting! See Live Dates for all venue information. 

Tune of the Month

Kathryn and her dad, Mike Tickell, conjuring up the spirits from ancient ruins! Tune of the Month for May is on Youtube. It’s a real treat!

Happy album release day to the Darkening!

It’s “O‑U-T spells…” out! “Hollowbone” is officially released today. See previous news items for superb reviews!

Hollowbone — Folk Radio review

A wonderful review here, by Neil McFadyen for Folk Radio. “Hollowbone is a wonderful, brave, and intoxicating album.”

Hollowbone **** Financial Times

“ ‘Rein in the insolent whinnyings of men,” she sings, in a rebuke to hubris that rings across the years.” Read the full review here.

Hollowbone **** The Observer

“A clever shape-shifter of a record.” Read the full review here

The Darkening on Tour

The Darkening descends upon the country … commencing with a sold out concert at Kings Place London, continuing to Durham, Kendal (last few tickets), National Forest Folk (last few tickets), Hebden Bridge (sold out), Haymarket Basingstoke, Sage Gateshead (last few standing tickets), Stables Wavendon (last few), St George’s Bristol, Grantham, Saffron Hall, and Turner Sims Southampton (last few tickets). The new album “Hollowbone” is on sale at all concerts, so you can get your hands on a copy before the release date!


Pre-order Hollowbone!

To receive your copy of The Darkening’s “Hollowbone” before it’s official release date (5th April) pre-order now from The Shop (where you can listen to a few tracks too). A review in the current fRoots magazine muses: “Well now… you’d imagine Kathryn Tickell had done it all in her long, illustrious career as Britain’s foremost Northumbrian piper… Ancient and modern, weird and wonderful rub shoulders throughout the entire album in constantly unexpected fashion; but Tickell’s dancing pipes are never far from the action to pull it all back when it threatens to get too dark and mystical… it lifts the heart and sets the pulses racing with rich fervour.” Colin Irwin, fRoots.

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