- Released: May 3, 1999
- Label: Park Records
- 1.The Wedding / Because He Was
- 2.Our Kate / The Welcome Home
- 3.In Dispraise Of Whisky / Swig Jig
- 4.Road To The North / Hanging Bridge / All At Sea
- 5.The Return
- 6.Kilfenora / My Laddie Sits Ower Late Up
- 7.Dunstanburgh / Kathryn's Favourite
- 8.The Magpie / Rothbury Road / Cold Shoulder
- 9.Hut On Staffen Island / Random
- 10.Stories From the Debateable Lands
- 11.Our Kate
Personnel: Kit Haigh (guitar); Gregor Borland (fiddle, viola, bass); Kathryn Tickell (fiddle, pipes); Ron Shaw (cello); Troy Donockley (Uilleann pipes); Julian Sutton (melodeon); Nick Holland (piano).
Recorded at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, Scotland.
Kathryn Tickell is acknowledged as one of the principal players of the Northumbrian smallpipes, the quieter cousin of the Highland and uillean pipes. Tickell played piano from the age of six, took up the pipes at nine, and by 13 she was learning the Shetland fiddle style. She recorded her first album in 1984, the same year that the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne named her official piper (the first person to hold that title in over 150 years). Tickell specializes in traditional Northumbrian music, Scottish and Irish tunes, and contemporary compositions, including her own.
The 1999 album DEBATEABLE LANDS comprises a suite of 11 instrumental tunes and medleys inspired by the music and heritage of the Border Region. It opens with a dextrous hornpipe medley, followed by the stately "Our Kate," written for local writer Catherine Cookson. Moving through many moods the suite climaxes in the evocative medley "Stories From The Debateable Lands." A duet of "Our Kate" closes the album gently. Troy Donockley plays alongside Tickell, probably the first time a Northumbrian and uillean piper have played together on record. Each piece on DEBATEABLE LANDS is worthy of mention individually and they complement each other beautifully.