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  • Audio CD (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Park
  • ASIN: B002UD4O98
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Our Kate
  2. Lads of Alnwick
  3. Peter Man
  4. Stories from the Debatable lands
  5. The Wedding
  6. Side Echoes
  7. Rip Off Pharaoh
  8. Westoe
  9. Favourite Place (full version)
  10. Bill Charltons
  11. Jockey lay up in the Hayloft
  12. Bellingham Boat
  13. Brafferton
  14. Walsh's
  15. Jamie's Air
  16. Rothbury Hills

Disc: 2

  1. Hareshaw Burn
  2. Rhymeside
  3. Small & Wild
  4. Stagshaw Bank Fair
  5. Gin ye kiss my wife
  6. Dunstanburgh
  7. Thomas McElvogues
  8. What it is
  9. Here's the Tender
  10. Capt Bover
  11. Tune for Matt Robson
  12. Kathleen
  13. Roly Gentle
  14. Hot Rvets etc
  15. Midton Rd
  16. Alan & Catherine's Wedding Jig
  17. Flower of the Quern
  18. Tiger's First Bird
  19. Corn Fiddler

Product Description

The Best of Kathryn Tickell is a two-disc set containing the highlights of Northumbrian piper, fiddle player and composer Kathryn Tickell's career. It seems a particularly fitting release since the globally acclaimed Northumbrian musician was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music.

Kathryn Tickell is a composer, performer and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted to the landscape and people of Northumbria. She also works collaboratively across many genres, making her work contemporary and exciting, and putting her firmly at the forefront of the current folk music revival. In 2008 she became the first folk musician in history to be commissioned to write a piece for the BBC Proms. It was written for Folkestra, Muzsikás, London Sinfonietta and London Young Musicians. One of the foremost composers of our time and Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, composed a piece especially for Kathryn, commissioned by The Sage Gateshead and premiered with musicians from Northern Sinfonia in October 2006 and aired on BBC Radio 3.

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award’s Musician of the Year in 2005, Kathryn was the subject of a Channel 5 television documentary ‘Kathryn Tickell’s Northumbria’ and has made numerous TV and radio appearances. In July 2007, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Northumbria for her outstanding and inspirational achievements.

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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.
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This is a beautiful introduction to Kathryn Tickell's music - and it's a real bargain; 2 CDs crammed with absolutely gorgeous tunes! The quality of the tunes and the playing are stunning throughout. Highly recommended.
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what can one say this lady is not only beautifull to the eye she is also amazingly talented, her music is hauntingly beautifull ot brings back memorys of childhood, what a lady she brings a little bit of heavan to earth
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Even if you have already bought all of KT's other albums, don't hesitate to buy this, Kathryn's selection of her favourite tracks - and she has good taste in music. There's a great mixture of tracks from many of her albums, with some extra tracks which are not on the other CDs. And its a generous compilation - two CDs with 35 tracks in total.

That lovely sound of the Northumbrian small pipes + her band of top-notch musicians playing both trad tunes and many of KT's own compositions, the hairs on the back o' me neck haven't gone back down yet - music to the ears indeed.
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I first saw Kathryn Tickell at the Newcastle Playhouse in 1989! It made a real impression on me then and this has bought it all flooding back. The variety and virtuosity is incredible - haven't stopped listening to it.

Don't be put off by "it's pipes!" - highly recommended
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This is a great album, something for everyone and a real showcase. It may seem obvious for a "Best Of" album, but if you only buy one Kathryn Tickell album, this is the one!
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Lovely to hear her playing the "old" tunes, which I already have on vinyl, but it's so much easier to listen to this way.
Have informed my piping friends of the CD, and will be playing it at our Pipers' Party on Jan. 9th.
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Having heard odd tunes on the Northumberland pipes I wanted to hear more, and who better than Kathryn Tickell to showcase what they can do? I wasn't disappointed; this collection contains a wide diversity of tracks reflecting Kathryn's evolving musical style and choices. If, like me, you just want one Northumberland pipe CD in your collection, then this is probably it.
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