Kathryn Tickell

LONDON Union Chapel
Compton Terrace
N1 2UN


Kathryn Tickell is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes and her work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. She has released 18 albums to date and has recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains and the Penguin Café.

  • ‘ The best living advertisement for English folk music ’
    (The Daily Telegraph)
  • ‘ Some instruments become inextricably linked with a single player. For the Northumbrian pipes, that player is Kathryn Tickell ’
    (Financial Times)

The folk artist now leads a band of musicians from England, Scotland and Ireland to bring some of the oldest Northumbrian songs throbbing to life, mixed with original compositions, all with the passion of that wild, weather-bitten countryside. 2018’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival saw The Darkening’s live debut with 2019 leading to sell out shows across the nation as well as the release of their album Hollowbone to much critical acclaim

  • ‘ A clever shape-shifter of a record, founded on an exceptional five-piece ’
    (★★★★ Observer)
  • ‘ A crucial and exhilarating band setting the world on fire ’

Kathryn Tickell - Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle
Cormac Byrne
- percussion
Joe Truswell
- drums, programming
Kate Young
- fiddle, vocals
Amy Thatcher
- accordion, vocals
Kieran Szifris
- octave mandolin