Kathryn Tickell is towards the groovier end of traditional music; in fact, the second of these two CDs is a bit too groovy for my taste. Though it doesn't quite go the whole drum'n'bass, it's heavily pop-influenced; with the freer-form arrangements (some might say they're a little arbitrary) characteristic of the trendier neo-traditional acts.
The first disc, on the other hand, is very strong: fluent and focused. It's music which adds a touch of Irish verve to the familiar Scots-English blend of Northumberland - and which, I like to think, evokes the whole Pennine region of England as well as its home district. The only lapse of taste is Favourite Place, in which Ms Tickell spends several minutes discussing...well, you get the picture.
Overall, though, she must feel proud looking back over this body of work. She's undoubtedly one of the most accomplished English musicians of her generation, and one of the very few who can claim to be rooted in genuine tradition.