Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening plus special guest The Lake Poets

Date: Friday 10/12/2021
Doors: 19:00, performance starts: 19:30 (all timings are subject to change)
Location: The Auditorium, The Fire Station
Tickets: From £16.50
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Please note that ticket holders will be required to comply with the latest government Covid-19 guidance at the time of the event and will be informed prior to the event of any additional safety procedures that are in place.

North East pioneer Northumbrian piper, fiddle player and composer Kathryn Tickell and her band The Darkening, open The Fire Station with this very special concert which will also feature Sunderland singer-songwriter, The Lake Poets.

‘The Darkening’ is the Northumbrian name for twilight, but this band’s music blazes fiercely….

Kathryn Tickell – Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, voice

Amy Thatcher – accordion, synths, voice, clog dancing

Josie Duncan – voice, harps

Kieran Szifris – octave mandolin

Joe Truswell – drums, percussion

The Darkening invoke the dark, powerful, sounds of Ancient Northumbria and broadcast them to the modern world.

Their inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian…and yet, almost 2000 years ago that same landscape was inhabited by people from around the world, worshipping different gods and following different customs.

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening embrace that global perspective, bringing some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs throbbing to life, intermingling them with new material and binding it all together with contemporary resonance and attitude.

“A crucial and exhilarating band setting the world on fire.” fRoots

“an exceptional band” **** The Observer

Kathryn Tickell is a Northumbrian piper, fiddle player, composer, educator and broadcaster. Her work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. Kathryn has released 15 of her own albums and has also recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Evelyn Glennie, Andy Sheppard, Joanna MacGregor, Jon Lord, Royal Northern Sinfonia and many others. In 2009 Kathryn was presented with The Queen’s Medal for Music, awarded to those deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to British music. She has twice won “Musician of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was awarded the OBE in 2015. She is a presenter for BBC Radio 3’s “Music Planet”.

This event is part of The Fire Station opening season – Firestarters. Firestarters is commissioned by Sunderland Music Arts and Culture Trust and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Image Credits: Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening by Georgia Claire

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