Folkworks: Amy Thatcher
Amy Thatcher is a professional accordionist based in the North East of England. Her reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk accordionists, both as a performer and composer, is garnered from working with luminaries such as Kathryn Tickell, Sting and Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Shee and Monster Ceilidh Band.
“[Amy has become] my right hand woman.” is how Tickell describes their working relationship over the last 10 years.
Her exceptional accordion playing has taken her across the world from The Royal Albert Hall to the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia, performing with small instrumental groups to full orchestras. She has a diverse range of musical influences and experiences, including contemporary avant-garde composer Terry Riley’s compositions to a hugely successful Leonard Cohen Tribute tour.
In 2009 Amy had the pleasure of collaborating with Sting on his Winter Song book and DVD, and contributed to his musical Broadway show The Last Ship.
2019 is going to be an exciting year for Amy as it sees the release of her debut album ‘Solo’, featuring her own compositions, played on solo accordion.
Amy will also be appearing on Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening’s first album. This exciting new ‘world music’ sextet also features Cormac Byrne on percussion, Kate Young on vocals and fiddle amongst others.