KATHRYN TICKELL & THE SIDE – A REVIEW

28th February 2015
The Howard Assembly Room – 17 February 2015

Virtuoso Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell brought her latest music project ‘The Side’ to the Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds tonight; bringing folk with a classical music edge together in a truly magnificent way.


The Side features Tickell on Northumbrian pipes and fiddle, Amy Thatcher (accordion) and, from the world of classical music, Louisa Tuck (cello) and Ruth Wall (harp).

The evening got off to a fantastic start with a very likeable duo in Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts, who opened with the incredible Cecilia, a fabulous single in the making if you ask your humble scribe. Other songs of note included Silver Screen and, with a surprise ending, Dr James.

The audience gave Kathryn Tickell & The Side a tremendous welcome to the stage and all four girls beamed with delight at their thrilling reception.

You always get a bit of everything at a Kathryn Tickell concert, with humour, great stories and tunes, old and new. Tonight featured an array of titles from the new self-titled album, including the delightful Stonehaugh, the Henry Purcell influenced New Minuet/Confluence, Tullochgorum and The Monday Men, the one that got the most laughs due to the story of how Kathryn came up with the title. Let’s just say it’s always best to google it before committing to a print run!

The Wedding/Because He Was A Bonny Lad, The Barrington Hornpipe, The Water Of Tyne, Farewell To Rothbury, The Return, which tells of the ongoing campaign for the Lindisfarne gospels to be returned to their rightful home, and East Meets West also feature. Add to that two amazingly executed clog dances, courtesy of Amy Thatcher and Louisa Tuck’s cello flippage, very rock ‘n’ roll, and you have all the ingredients for a totally breathtaking evening.

Kathryn Tickell & The Side are a musical marriage made in heaven!

Written by Kevin Petch