Musicians from Northumberland, Scotland and England invoke the dark, powerful, sounds of Ancient Northumbria and broadcast them to the modern world.

Their inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian…and yet, almost 2000 years ago that same landscape was inhabited by people from around the world, worshipping different gods and following different customs.

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

Fresh sounds merge with ancient influences. Expansive sonic textures are created. Dazzling duets from Kathryn Tickell’s pipes and Amy Thatcher’s accordion contrast with the riffs and rhythms of Kieran Szifris’s octave mandolin. Intrepid world-traveller Kate Young adds her fearless explorations. The inventive use of drums and percussion unites the ensemble.

“A crucial and exhilarating band setting the world on fire.” fRoots