Kathryn and her band bring down the house at festival

Award-winning Northumberland piper Kathryn Tickell OBE brought the curtain down on the 2017 Holy Island Festival with a sell-out show in the new £1million village hall.

Friday, 28th July 2017, 12:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 10:24 am
Kathryn Tickell and her band Superfolkus performed at Holy Island Festival
Kathryn Tickell and her band Superfolkus performed at Holy Island Festival

The two-times winner of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Artist of the Year award performed with her group Superfolkus on the last day of the festival.

This year the festival spanned three successive weekends throughout July and reached more than 6,000 visitors, with more than 800 people attending six ticketed shows at the village hall and St Mary’s Church.

As she finished her set Kathryn joked: “Sadly we can’t run over time here because if we did everybody would have to stay overnight, including the audience.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure playing the Holy Island Festival. It’s a magical place.”

She closed the first half of the show with a specially commissioned piece inspired by the natural rugged beauty of the island, and even invited the audience to help name it.

And Kathryn had special praise for her young musicians Superfolkus – featuring Michael Biggins on accordion, Scott Turnbull on guitar, Will Hammond on percussion and Sophie Lynch on fiddle.

Other acts who played the three-weekend event included Yorkshire-born virtuoso saxophonist Christian Forshaw and Sanctuary, who gave a premiere performance of a piece commissioned by the festival, Lindisfarne Benedicite, a text celebrating the spiritual and natural heritage of the island.

Also on the bill were Morpeth group November Club with their Beyond the End of the Road show and local folk act Alnwicky, to name a few.

Chairman of the festival group The Rev Paul Collins said: “This year’s festival reached more people than ever over three weekends, providing greatly enjoyable entertainment. Kathyrn Tickell and Superfolkus got everyone singing along to Northumbrian folk songs. The young musicians of Superfolkus were outstanding and promise great things.”