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.
In March Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, UK will be hosting a collection of work by artist David Suff (also Fledg'ling Records, Topic Records). A long-form (concertina-inspired?!) sketchbook has emerged in recent years and David's "River of Life" film is premiered here, featuring original music by Kathryn Tickell and Martin Simpson. A special limited edition book and DVD will be available.