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Folk on the Tyne: Introduction to Folk feat. Amy Thatcher (Relaxed Performance)

Amy Thatcher


This introduction to the music, song and dance of the North East is a relaxed and informal environment suited to children with autism and their families. Led by Amy Thatcher, this friendly performance introduces children and their families to the wide variety of tunes, songs and dances typical of the region.

During the performance you are free to move around and make noise, lights will be on and hall doors open for people to come and go as they wish, with a chill-out room available.

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.

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. This year Amy released her debut album ‘Solo’, featuring her own compositions, played on solo accordion.

For this one-off ‘Introduction to Folk’ performance, Amy Thatcher will be joined on stage by some special guests, who she will collaborate with to guide audiences through the arrangements, interpretations and compositions associated with the North East.