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 The 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 ten years.
Amy’s musical upbringing owes a lot to Stockport’s famous “Fosbrook’s Folk Education Trust” with whom she trained from the age of eight on accordion, fiddle, piano and clog dancing. Her education there concluded at age 18 but not before having been taught by, and recording with, accordion virtuoso Murray Grainger. That first now-infamous album, entitled “Paper Bird”, was recorded when she was just 16 years old.
From 18 onwards she continued her musical education in Newcastle on the prestigious Folk and Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University.
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-guard 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.
In addition to this, Amy will also be working on electrofolk pioneers Monster Ceilidh Band’s latest album set, due for release at the end of the year, and performing with renowned Scottish Traditional Music Award winners The Shee. Both bands have regularly appeared on national TV and radio in the UK, and have enjoyed sustained success on the UK and European folk and festival scenes.
Amy continues to live and work in Newcastle and build a career as a professional world travelling musician after graduating from the course.