"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
TICKELL - NORTHUMBRIAN ECHOES
Jim Hutchon was in the stalls at the Civic ...
Tickell is a folk singer. She is also a highly entertaining and
persuasive ambassador for a fast disappearing way of life ? the
bleak, unforgiving existence of a Northumbrian hill farmer. And she
uses her very real talents with the Northumbrian pipes, along with
authentic snippets from interviews, to evoke past days and people
from these parts.
a show shot through with stunning music, she is helped by an equally
talented group of musicians, Julian Sutton, Patsy Reid, Hannah
Rickard and Kit Haigh, and also by her father Mike, a snowy haired
guru in an armchair who is a class act, bringing the voices of his
past to life. The atmosphere had the full house clapping, stamping
and joining in the choruses.
would personally have preferred to hear this in a country pub, sat
nursing a pint by a log fire. The music was mainly fast and furious,
showing off the virtuoso technical skills of the players, though I
would have liked to hear more of the pipes in their slow, haunting,
evocative, mood. Perhaps some backdrops too, sepia prints of lonely
stone cottages with a shepherd and a dog and such, rather than the
tasteful curtain backdrop they used.