Go: Folk: Kathryn Is a Pipes Dream

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Byline: By Pete Willow

CELEBRATED Northumbrian pipes player, Kathryn Tickell appears in the Bulkington Village Centre tomorrow night as part of her current tour of British village halls.

With extraordinary Scottish harp-player and singer Corinna Hewat in support, the informal concerts give a rare chance for local audiences to see Kathryn's expertise as a soloist before she's back on the road to play larger venues with her band later this month.

With her roots and influences firmly embedded in the North Tyne Valley, Kathryn has played the smallpipes since the age of nine and released her first album, On Kielderside, at 16.

Two years later in 1986 she became a full-time musician and has now released 10 albums. The latest, Back to the Hills, features Northumberland shepherd and fiddle player Willie Taylor.

Tomorrow's show in School Road, Bulkington starts at 7.30pm and admission is pounds 8. Phone 024 7649 4094 for details.

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