Kathryn calls the tune at Holy Island

Kathryn Tickell, award-winning Northumberland piper, will headline the 2017 Holy Island Festival.
Kathryn Tickell, award-winning Northumberland piper, will headline the 2017 Holy Island Festival.

Award-winning Northumberland piper, Kathryn Tickell OBE, will headline this year’s Holy Island Festival.

The two-times winner of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Artist of the Year award will perform with her group Superfolkus at the Village Hall on Sunday, July 16.

This year the festival spans three successive weekends – July 1 and 2, July 8 and 9 and July 15 and 16 – and expects to reach more than 12,000 visitors.

Kathryn said: “I’m very much looking forward to playing at this year’s Holy Island Festival. It’s a magical place. I’ve been a visitor to the island many times, and I just love the atmosphere and the very special feeling you get – particularly if you’re lucky enough to be able to stay there when the tide comes in!

Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw and frontman Billy Mitchell will also appear as special guests with Billy’s son Tom Mitchell and his group The Borrowed Band at the Village Hall on Sunday, July 9.

Other confirmed acts include virtuoso saxophonist Christian Forshaw, Morpeth group November Club, local folk act Alnwicky, Gaelic group Blás, dance performance from LoGiudice Dance and classical music from Garth Newel Piano Quartet.

Tickets are only available online at www.holyislandfestival.org.