CD A0139: The Sky Didn't Fall

Harp & Fiddle music audio CD
The Sky Didn't Fall
Kathryn Tickell and Corrina Hewat

CD cover: The Sky Didn't Fall by Kathryn Tickell and Corrina Hewat Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell, awarded BBC Radio 2's 2005 Folk Musician of the Year, in a duo with harpist Corrina Hewat, one of the most distinctive, original and versatile artists on the contemporary Scottish scene. Two excellent musicians and a CD which compliments the talents of both. Great playing and singing.

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Corrina Hewat: Artist profile & catalogue of works

Tracl Listing & Audio Samples

1 Favourite Place
2 Brig Set
3 Brose
4 Jamie
5 Mike to Mutt
6 Fause, Fause
7 Hawthorn
8 Felton Lonnen
9 The Lads
10 My Love
11 Favourite Place
Total running time


CD Credits


Kathryn Tickell - Northumbrian Pipes, Fiddle & Voice
Corrina Hewat - Scottish Harp & Voice

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, Scotland
Produced by Kathryn Tickell and Corrina Hewat
Published by Park West Music
Photographs by Tom Pickard and Heidi Pearson
Artwork and design by Gwen Morgan

Album Information

Instruments: Harp, Northumbrian Pipes, Fiddle & Voice
Genre: Folk / Celtic
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0139
Label: Park Records
Year: 2006
Origin: UK

Kathryn Tickell - Artist Information and Contact Details

Kathryn Tickell - Photo © Graham Oliver
Kathryn Tickell's roots are in the North Tyne Valley of Northumberland, where many of her relatives still play traditional music. Her father Mike Tickell is an acclaimed performer of the songs of this area. Kathryn took up the Northumbrian smallpipes at the age of nine and by the age of thirteen had won all the traditional open smallpipes competitions and was rapidly making a name for herself as a fiddle player.

At the age of sixteen Kathryn released her first album, "On Kielderside". Two years later, in 1986, she turned professional, immediately entering a busy touring schedule throughout Britain & abroad, as well as recording her second album, "Borderlands" which was the first recording to include her own compositions.

In the summer of 1987 she recorded a sixty minute TV documentary, "The Long Tradition" for Channel 4. This chronicled her musical development and background, was broadcast in December 1987, and released on video in 1989.

Kathryn's third album, "Common Ground" was chosen as one of "Q" magazines 'Records of the Year'. Kathryn was also named as Top Instrumentalist in the Folk Roots Poll of 1988.

In 1990 the Kathryn Tickell Band was formed. The next few years saw Kathryn putting all her energy into the band, recording the albums, "The Kathryn Tickell Band" and, "Signs" and touring extensively throughout the world. However she still found time to compose music for two of Newcastle's Live Theatre Company productions, to present a series of programmes for Radio 2, record with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and with The Chieftains. During this time Kathryn also contributed to Sting albums, as well as joining him to play live at Newcastle City Hall & also on TV.

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Corrina Hewat - Artist Information and Contact Details

Corrina Hewat - Photo © Louis De CarloWithin a few minutes of hearing her, the energy and the timing, the depth and the colour of her music will touch you.  One of the leading Scottish Harp players in the world today (nominated Instrumentalist of the Year 2004 at the STMA) Corrina has toured through Europe, the Far East and Canada taking the Small Harp to a new level of excellence, combining traditional style music with contemporary attitude.  She is also blessed with a stunningly individual voice, which resonates with years of soaking up Scotland’s musical tradition, while exploring contemporary elements and jazz.  She is in demand as a player, composer, arranger and teacher, and her appeal grows larger as more and more people hear and meet her.  She has an astonishing ability to create and collaborate with others and this has led her to recording over 30 albums in the last twelve years.  She is also now sponsored by Camac Harps and plays an Aziliz and an electroharp.

Corrina Hewat is co-founder & co-musical director of the Unusual Suspects, the extravagantic folk big band dubbed The Scottish National Folk Orchestra “one of the most exciting bands I’ve ever seen” quote Mike Harding Radio 3.  She is also a skilled and innovative composer and arranger, having written four large scale commissions, while also musically directing shows such as Celtic Connections ‘Songs of Conscience’ 2007, ‘Scottish Men’ 2006 and the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2006 & 2005. Corrina is a founder member of distinct bands such as Bachue, Chantan and Shine and has been involved in awarding winning and pioneering shows such as My Ain Countrie and Scottish Women. 

Recent projects include a duo with Kathryn Tickell, exploring the Scottish and Northumbrian Borders traditions and a vocal trio with Karine Polwart & Annie Grace.  “The world needs to hear this!” Corrina is also developing her own one woman show for tour in 2007, incorporating a range of music, songs and stories from her background growing up in the Scottish Highlands through to her surroundings now in the Scottish Borders.  She is a stunningly versatile singer "She blends a jazz singer's flexibility, a blues singer's economy and a folk singer's heart into a style that's both natural and her very own" with an incredible range and velvety tone “Ever wondered what Billie Holiday would have sounded like if she had been born Scots?” while also possessing a creative and powerful technique on the harp, both on the Scottish small harp and electric harp. “A range of expression and depth of technical assurance… dazzlingly nimble finger work and liberal deployment of the instrument’s big bass end”.

Corrina’s teachers in college were Sanchia Pielou and Maire Ni Chathasaigh whose tuition and style she still refers to today.  She is a guest tutor on the Traditional Music Degree courses at Newcastle University and the RSAMD, as well as teaching workshops and courses on harmony singing, arranging and vocal techniques.  She also has six 30 minute videos available for download on for post beginner/intermediate players.


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