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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Park Records
  • ASIN: B00004ZB0E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Day Dawn / Taladh Ar Slanair 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
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After the firmly traditional Northumberland Collection and the fine band she assembled for last year's Debatable Lands, Kathryn Tickell has joined forces with a new group of collaborators under the Ensemble Mystical banner. Regular melodeon player Julian Sutton is on board alongside the Poozies' Mary MacMaster (vocals and harp), avant-early-music type John Kenny and cellist Ron Shaw. If the resulting musical backdrop was not different enough, Tickell has largely abandoned her Northumbrian pipes in favour of the fiddle, only playing pipes on four of the album's 11 tracks. They have been replaced, however, by a wealth of new sounds, including Kenny's brass, the wild-sounding carnyx (a 2,000-year-old Scottish horn) and, perhaps most notably, the human voice. McMaster takes the lead on three songs, with Tickell making her singing debut on "The Corn Fiddler" and "The Burning Babe". The combination of harp, violin and cello is exquisite throughout and the album emerges as easily the best of Kathryn's career. A perfect introduction for the uninitiated and a welcome progression for everyone else. --Phil Udell

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By on 10 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
Kathryn Tickell has a reputation for authenticity. Her previous albums are rooted with pride in the traditional repertoire of the Northumbrian pipes and fiddle. She does not flirt with commercialism or outside influences. She definitely does not sing.
So, with her new CD, "Kathryn Tickell and Ensemble Mystical", what is going on? Julian Sutton is present on melodeon, as usual. But what is John Kenny up to, on idiosyncratic trombone, plus an esoteric list of blown instruments? What are Ron Shaw's severe cello and Mary Macmaster's Scottish vocals and harp doing here? Why do we find a credit for "Kathryn Tickell: voice"? Record company pressure? Jaded folkie searches for novelty? It is, after all, a long time since 1984, when the prizewinning young daughter of Mike Tickell, traditional singer, became the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne's official piper and made a purist's treasure of a CD for Saydisc.
"Thank-you for coming out in the rain tonight", Tickell says to the audience at a recent gig, "especially as you didn't really know what you were going to hear". You could say the same after picking up the new CD. But her new music has integrity and authority. In "Sevens", the first track, Tickell's pipes bubble and burble out of the drone of Kenny's alpine horn like a stream out of a Northumbrian hillside. The unusual instrumentation goes on to ground track after track, not only in Tickell's personal roots, but the rhythms of wind and waves on a Shetland shore, the sun rising on Christmas morning, the wonder of childbirth, the tread of a farmer contemplating life and death as he sows a cornfield, the rapacity of kings and bosses, the grief of a dead warrior's wife.
Intelligent, creative arrangements make even the most bizarre instrumentation convincing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Three Chord Trick on 19 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
If ever I calming or soothing, this remains the album I turn to. "Mitford" is probably my favourite Kathryn Tickell track of all time, but the entire record is pure timeless magic.
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Ignore the 1-star review 28 Feb 2004
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Format: Audio CD
I just had to respond to the first review, which gave one star to this marvellous album. The reviewer is simply saying that he does not like this kind of music: contempory traditionally oriented folk music from the north of England. Kathryn Tickell has been responsible possibly more than any other piper for returning this kind of music to a fairly sizeable audience and she has done it without dumbing down or sweetening up the music. I saw her perform this material with the above Ensemble Mystical in England a couple of years ago in a medieval Great Hall in Devon, England and it was magnificent; the cd accurately captures the music and for any lover of traditional English or Celtic music it (along with her other recordings) is essential for an overview of the state of the tradition today.
haunting and beautiful cd 2 April 2010
By Peter D. Koret - Published on
I don't usually write reviews, but like the second reviewer, I so strongly disagree with the first reviewer that I figured I should write something. This cd is a piece of magic. Obviously people have different tastes, and nothing is for everybody. For me, I've owned this cd for several years and have played it over and over. It is very haunting.
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Don't Like This One! 26 Nov 2003
By Carolyn Franks - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I like Enya, Maire Brennan, Secret Garden, and this doesn't even deserve a 1 but I didn't have an option for 0.
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