Kathryn Tickell, Firth Hall

Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Kathryn Tickell & The Side
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The Northumbrian pipes player never saw herself as the leader of a girl band but she’s having great fun with an all-female line-up in her new group The Side, who are in Sheffield next Tuesday.

She said: “I didn’t set out to have a girl band or anything! It just happened that way.

“It’s turned out to be fantastic and very different to being in a band with blokes in.”

The foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes is playing alongside cellist Louisa Tuck, Amy Thatcher on accordion and voice and Ruth Wall on three different types of harps and voice.

Kathryn said: “Musically they are very different to each other. Amy is from a folk background and also clog dances. The other two have not been in a folk band at all.

“Ruth plays harp in a lot of classical music groups and solo and was in Goldfrapp for a year, so she has a lot of different influences.

“Louisa is the principal of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She is an amazing player.”

They play an exciting combination of traditional Northumbrian music, Kathryn’s songs and classical pieces. “You only find out what kind of music you’ll make when you play together,” she said.

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