Amy Thatcher is a professional accordionist based in the North East of England. Her reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk accordionists is garnered from working with legends such as Kathryn Tickell and Sting. She is also involved in creating experimental new music with the electronic folk quintet “Monster Ceilidh Band” and the all female Scottish supergroup “The Shee”. Her work has taken her across the world from The Royal Albert Hall to the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia. Amy has performed with small instrumental groups to orchestras, most notably the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has also contributed to Sting’s musical Broadway show “The Last Ship” and featured on his “Winter Song Book” DVD.
2018 saw the dawning of Kathryn Tickell’s brand new band, The Darkening in which Amy features along side Kieran Szifris, Kate Young, Joe Truswell and Cormac Byrne.
Amy also finished working on her long awaited solo album, “Accordion Music”.
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 brilliant 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. Amy chose to remain in Newcastle and build a career as a professional musician after graduating from the course.
Praise for The Shee
“The Shee have already made a considerable mark on the folk landscape, but this excellent album takes them to another level.” ★★★★★fROOTS
“Continuum is a stunning piece of work on every level, finely expressing a mix of musical mood and character to create something individual and distinctive”Folkworlds
“a thoughtful and emotional collection of songs and instrumentals, showing off the exquisite musicianship and intuitive interplay gained from their 10-year collaboration”FATEA
Praise for Kathryn Tickell & The Side
“musical exuberance and regional rootedness… music with originality, power and joy.”Songlines
“organic, natural and utterly glorious.”MOJO
“blissfully intuitive… Magnificent.”fROOTS