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Kathryn Tickell is an English musician born in 1967. Playing the Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle, she has recorded over a dozen albums, and has toured widely.
Tickell took up the smallpipes aged nine, inspired by her family - especially her father Mike, who was heavily involved in the local traditional music scene - and by the music of an older generation of traditional musicians.
By the time she turned 13 in 1980, Kathryn had won all the traditional open smallpipes competitions, and was also making a name as an accomplished player of the Shetland fiddle style.
Her first album, "On Kielder Side", was released at the age of sixteen, in 1984. In the same year she was named the official piper for the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Tickell turned professional in 1986, immediately entering a busy touring schedule throughout Britain and abroad, as well as recording her second album, "Borderlands", which was the first recording to include her own compositions.
In 2013 she won the prestigious "Musician of the Year" in BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards.