Kathryn Tickell Strange But True: 25 Years of Friends & Tunes
- Released: November 6, 2006
- Label: Park Records
- 1.Side Echoes / Down the Side
- 2.Unst Bridal March / Da Bride's a Boannie Ting
- 3.Air Moving / Over the Border / Holmes' Fancy
- 4.Winter Is Past
- 5.Dream Waltz
- 6.Cockle Geordie / Donald Willie And His Dog
- 7.Here's the Tender Coming / Captain Bover
- 8.Men Of Destiny / Heidi
- 9.Wild Hills of Wannies
- 10.Jimmy Allan / Salmon Tails Up the Water
- 11.Brafferton Village / Walsh's Hornpipe
- 12.Pasodoble Gallego / Splish Splash
- 13.Rafferty's Unreel
- 14.Techno Ate the Musicians - (Bonus Track)
Personnel: Kathryn Tickell (vocals, fiddle, viola, pipes); Ian Stephenson (guitar); Julien Batten (accordion).
Additional personnel: Corrina Hewat (vocals, harp); Katie Doherty, Olivia Ross (vocals); Malcolm Stitt, Matthew Jones (guitar); Kate Selby (harp); Chris Lewis , Jane Brown, Kev Lees, Vicky Lewis, David Jones, Catriona MacDonald (fiddle); Matthew Dean, Leanne Lawson (flute); Anxo Lorenzo, Rory Campbell (whistle, pipes); Karen Tweed (accordion); Johan Vandendriessche (saxophone); Andy Sheppard (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jarle Ferde, Jan Magne Ferde (trumpet); Runar Tafjord (French horn); Helge Ferde (trombone); Stein Erik Tafjord (tuba); Paul Flush (Hammond b-3 organ); Joe O'Connor (melodeon); Neil Harland (double bass); Dan Rogers (bass guitar); Marcus Lewin (drums, percussion); Frank Michiels (percussion); The Demagogue Reacts!, Folkestra, Luigi Lai, Brazz Bros., Pipelines.
It's hard to believe that Kathryn Tickell's career has lasted a quarter of a century, but there's no doubt that in that time she's raised the profile of her beloved Northumbrian pipes to a remarkable degree; after all, what better exposure than being on a Sting album? This album, though, focuses on her own work, whether it's a lovely duet with Corinna Hewitt on "Here's the Tender Coming" or her pairing with Norwegian brass group Brazz Brothers for "Rafferty's Unreel." One thing the collection achieves is to illustrate the range of her work, from her duet with sax player Andy Sheppard to a bizarre live collaboration with the Demagogue Reacts! Along with the pipes, Tickell is an accomplished fiddler, as she shows, and has made forays into singing. But she's also a mentor and teacher, and her students get to strut their stuff on a pair of tracks. Lovingly compiled, this does an excellent job of showing the breadth of Tickell's vast musical range, and the sheer delight she takes in playing. ~ Chris Nickson
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