Strange But True

By Kathryn Tickell

Two comments

“Strange But True” - Kathryn Tickell

This latest album of Kathryn’s features the music of various people she’s played or been involved with over the years. In between the worthy efforts of Folkestra (“The Sage Gateshead regional youth folk music ensemble”) and the manic modern jazz track at the end (in which the pipes indeed get swallowed up) there feature Border pipes, Galician pipes on two tracks, and the Sardinian launeddas (triple reed pipe) - the latter on track 8, which has a very Flook!-like sound. Track 2 is an atmospheric fiddle duo. Her early tune Brafferton Village gets a replay followed by a very sparky Walsh’s Hornpipe, with Karen Tweed. A stately old 9/4 tune, Over The Border (beloved of noxious blanket) gets a play. And there’s a lot more jazz on other tracks, along with the pipes - K has evidently been interested in collaborating with jazz players.
I find this a livelier album than the last one (“The Sky Didn’t Fall”) and a good listen, but if you like it may depend on how much you can hack jazz.

Less jazz than I implied…

The brass played by The Brazz Brothers on The Wild Hills Of Wannies track isn’t jazz; along with pipes and harp, it makes for a very nice rendering of this piece.