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4.5 out of 5 stars

on 25 March 2013
I was fortunate enough to see Northumbrian Voices live when it was on tour and I was completely bowled over by it then. The recording is just as good. A mix of music and spoken word can be very tricky to get right, but this is a triumph. (The soft Northumbrian accent helps) The words are taken from friends and family from the remote part of Northumbria that Kathryn Tickell was brought up in and has championed its traditional music since her teens. This records a way of life that has all but disappeared with the music that accompanied it. The group of musicians blend prefectly, and the mostly instrumental music complements the words so well. (Hard Times is worth the price of the album by itself) The people from this corner of Northumbria have just cause to be proud of Kathryn, but Kathryn's Dad, who speaks many of the words, must have been bursting with pride for his daughter on every single day of the tour.
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on 14 October 2016
In Northumbrian Voices, Kathryn Tickell supplements recordings from her childhood with interviews with family and friends,fashioning them into a spellbinding performance, interweaving songs, tunes and narrative into a magical, moving, humbling and often hilarious journey through the culture and lore of the North Tyne Valley. In the words of one reviewer, Northumbrian Voices encapsulates the experience and self-expression of “people who live on the land, and who earn their living from it. People who know their surroundings as they know the back of their hand ...” Just as the featured music combines traditional, contemporary and original material, these voices both enshrine the past and speak to the future, eloquently transcending their particular locale to evoke the timeless cycles, necessities, hardships and consolations that still shape human existence everywhere. I saw the live performance three times, and listen to these CDs often. The music and stories are wonderful in themselves. But beyond that this is a performance which tells the people of the North East something about themselves and their history and identity, celebrating people’s memories, lives and culture while looking forward and taking this heritage into the future – a link between continuity and change which is the essence of social renewal. And you don't have to live in NE England to enjoy It!
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on 16 November 2012
Kathryn Tickell's live album recorded at Cecil Sharp House is a magnificent reminder of what a great and beautiful musical heritage we have in this country, so often overshadowed by other cultures. This is English folk music (with one american song!!) at its best.Kathryn is a superb fiddle and pipe player and always picks the best musicians to work with her. The complete concert is here and is worthy of 2 hours of your time to immerse yourself in it's spell. Truly beautiful, thank you Kathryn.
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on 18 November 2012
A superb album with a wonderful mix of song, music and narrative.

I have purchased additional copies of this album to give as gifts

and all have been greatfully received. A lovely example of folk

lore from Northumberland.
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on 13 January 2013
Not the best introduction to Ms Tickell but a great treaty for seasoned fans. Quality playing as always with an insight into Ms Tickell's journey and the wild Northumbrian countryside (which was also my childhood home).
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on 4 April 2013
This is a special CD ... conversations from old Northumbian musicians, farmers and their families about times that would otherwise soon be forgotten, and how things were in the auld times, interwoven with great playing of Northumbrian music, sometimes tunes written by the people whose words are recreated in their accent on stage. Hard times, but impressive, hard-working people with feeling, humour sometimes sadness.

Well done Kathryn, Mike and friends who put this performance on. Great! Frank Smith
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on 5 December 2012
I have been to see Kathryn perform this set twice now. Each time, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, so I decided to buy the CD. This is an exact copy of the live concert so I am vey pleased with it. Great music and entertaining dialogue!
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on 14 December 2013
This was purchased on behalf of a friend who has no internet access and was well received. I understand that it met all expectations.
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on 31 January 2013
Not the normal musical CD that I expected.... Perhaps it will grow on me but it has a lot of very quiet narrative tracks
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on 5 April 2015
Love it
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