Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

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Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £24.50 | Theatre

Named after the old Northumbrian word for twilight, ‘The Darkening’ is made up of four North-East England-based members: Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, vocals), Amy Thatcher (accordion, synth, clogs, vocals), Kieran Szifris (octave mandolin), Joe Truswell (drums, percussion);  with Josie Duncan from the Isle of Lewis (vocals, clarsach). Together these dazzling musicians create musical magic; dynamic and unique “Ancient Northumbrian Futurism”.

Based in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall yet reaching out to the wider world, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening explore the connecting threads of music, landscape and people over a period of almost 2000 years. Songs range from themes of freedom, nature and venturing out into the world after times of darkness, to a Roman inscription with links to Libya and Syria magnetically pulled into the 21st century with glorious vocal harmonies and the wildest of piping.

Praise for the new album ‘Cloud Horizons’:

“…wildly thrilling” The Guardian

“…unexpectedly cosmic” MOJO

“…vital and assured, folk stomp” Americana-UK

“…this is a blinder! …just fantastic” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 Music

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