(2-CD set) The Best of Kathryn Tickell' is a two-disc set containing the highlights of Northumbrian piper, fiddle player and composer, Kathryn Tickell. It seems a particularly fitting release since the globally acclaimed Northumbrian musician was awarded the prestigious Queen's Medal for Music this year. 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. Tracks CD1: 1.Our Kate/The Welcome Home, 2.Lads of Alnwick/Sunderland Lasses/Peacocks March, 3.Peter Man, 4.Stories From The Debatable Lands5.The Wedding/Because He Was A Bonny Lad, 6.Side Echoes/Down The Side,7.Rip Off Pharaoh/The Mountain Stream/Captain Scuttle, 8.Westoe, 9.Favourite Place (full version), 10.Bill Charlton's Fancy, 11.Jockey Lay Up In The Hayloft/ Bellingham Boat, 12.Brafferton Village/Walsh's Hornpipe, 13.Jamie's Air/Jamie's Jig/In the Shadow Of. Tracks CD2: 1.Hareshaw Burn, 2.Rhymeside, 3.Small & Wild, 4.Stagshaw Bank Fair/Shew's The Way To Wallington/Mile To Ride, 5.Gin Ye Kiss My Wife I'll Tell The Minister/Inverness Gathering, 6.Dunstanburgh/Kathryn's Favourite, 7.Thomas McElvogue's No.2/Cuckold Came Out Of The Amrey/Thomas McElvogue's No.3, 8.What It Is/Fare Well, 9.Here's The Tender Coming/Captain Bover, 10.Tune For Matt Robson/Kathleen, 11.Roly Gentle/Hot Rivets/Tartar Frigate/Closed Face Reel, 12.Midton Road/Pots And Pencils/Sheep On The Moor, 13.Alan & Catherine's Wedding Jig, 14.Flower Of The Quern, 15.Tiger's First Bird.
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Northumbrian Pipes. I first heard her play in Newcastle some years ago and was much taken
by her playing. She has over the years included traditional pieces with those that are more
contemporary in her repertoire a 'change' that I like.
My favourites on disc 1 are Rothbury Hills, Stories from the Debatable Lands, Brafferton
Village/Walsh's Hornpipe and Westoe. With Dunstanburgh, Tune for Matt Robson, Pipes
Lament and Corn Fiddler/ Coquet Sight conjuring many memories from the past on disc 2.
All in all an excellent album and one that brings the Northumbrian Pipes to the fore.
Don't be put off by "it's pipes!" - highly recommended