The Best of Kathryn Tickell
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Don't be put off by "it's pipes!" - highly recommended
Have informed my piping friends of the CD, and will be playing it at our Pipers' Party on Jan. 9th.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
if your a northumbrian you must buy this, traditional music at its bestPublished 16 months ago by john davidson
You have to love the Northumbrian Pipes, saw Kathryn Tickell in concert enjoyed the show, bought the CD.Published 16 months ago by George Hopper
Wasn't overly impressed with this album too much instrumental material. Kathryn Tickell is obviously very talented but I prefer playing and singing together, (with the exception of... Read morePublished on 30 April 2014 by Mr. D. Daglish
Bought for a friend who plays the pipes. I haven't listened to it myself (hence not the full 5*) but I can vouch for the packaging and the speedily delivery. Read morePublished on 2 April 2014 by Siouxsie
This is an excellent recording, good audio quality and well played.I'm by no means fanatical about this sort of music, and I must admit listening to both discs straight through is... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by H