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Tickell'ing the Northumbrian pipes

The Gathering
The Gathering
By Kathryn Tickell

Park Records: 1997

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This review first appeared in the October 18, 1997 edition of the American Reporter.

Kathryn Tickell has been recording Celtic music for 14 years, but is only now getting stateside attention with her first U.S. release.

Tickell plays Northumbrian pipes, a smaller cousin of the better-known Scottish bagpipes. They've a higher range and mellower timbre. While her arrangements are more traditional than many other contemporary Celtic bands, Tickell still likes to stretch out, tackling a Cajun waltz and a blues reel (with harmonica player Brendan Power).

Most of the 11 songs were written by Tickell, and most are in a general Gaelic vein. She's an imaginative player on pipes, and she and her band achieve a nice ambience.