Amy Thatcher and Fran Knowles

Bands, Free, Sunday afternoon on Sandpit field

Amy Thatcher's reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk performers and composers is garnered from her work with such luminaries as Kathryn Tickell, Sting.
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When to see Amy Thatcher and Fran Knowles

The main marquee in Sunday afternoon’s concert. Click here to see the other bands playing in that session.

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Festival locations

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Tickets

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Amy Thatcher and Fran Knowles

‘Accordion star’ and ‘fearless experimenter within British folk music’ Amy Thatcher has teamed up with drummer Fran Knowles. Together they are putting themselves at the forefront of experimental instrumental sounds with a cocktail of folk-inspired melodies and rambunctious rhythms interspersed with electronics. Expect to hear inventive, progressive melodies expressed within the familiar realm of jigs and reels. With a satisfying mix of toe-tapping tunes and gorgeous harmonies, this virtuosic all-female piano accordion and percussion duo will expand your definitions of the instruments and leave you fired up to hear more.

Amy is an accordion maestro whose reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk performers and composers is garnered from her work with such luminaries as Kathryn Tickell, Sting, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Shee and Monster Ceilidh Band. Her exceptional playing has taken her across the world from The Royal Albert Hall to the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia, performing with everything from small instrumental groups to full orchestras.

Francesca Knowles is a gifted musician from the North East of England, specialising in drums, percussion and keys. Since studying in Leeds & Sheffield, where she earned an MA in Ethnomusicology in 2014. She has performed with a huge variety of musical projects around the North, toured across the globe with international drumming street theatre show Spark!, and currently gigs and records with a number of Newcastle-based projects.