Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

Bands, Saturday evening on Sandpit field

Kathryn Tickell brings her stellar band to the stage. World-class musicianship conjures up the spirit of ancient Northumbria, featuring pipes, fiddle, accordion, harp and voices.
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Cost: £25 for the session, or get a weekend ticket.
Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening

When to see Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

The main marquee (Sandpit field) in Saturday evening’s concert. Click here to see the other bands playing in that session.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets early.

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


Get tickets for the whole weekend, or for individual concerts. Click here for more details.

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

The Darkening’s inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian…and yet, 1900 years ago that same landscape was inhabited by people from the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire, worshipping different gods and following different customs.

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening embrace that global perspective, bringing some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs throbbing to life, intermingling them with new material and binding it all together with contemporary resonance and attitude.

Kathryn Tickell – Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, voice
Joe Truswell – drums, percussion
Amy Thatcher – accordion, synths, voice, clog dancing
Josie Duncan – voice, harp
Kieran Szifris – octave mandolin

“No one has evoked the landscape and traditions of Northumbria more affectingly than Kathryn Tickell; a champion of the Northumbrian pipes, she is steeped in the songs and mythology of the north-east.” (★★★★ The Guardian).


Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts – On Sandpit field

Dance displays, a procession and music – all around the town

Tickets needed

Evening concerts – on Sandpit field

Comedy Club  and concerts and in the Conservative Club  –

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops – various locations