Never before has the announcement of a returning act been met with such excitement by South Gloucestershire’s music-lovers as was the news that BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-nominated duo O'HOOLEY & TIDOW would be back at Downend Folk Club in March.
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as “one of British folk music’s mightiest combinations” (MOJO).
Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Guardian as “exceptional" and The Independent as “defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.” From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way.
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music’s Tom Robinson says “they sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The Watersons.”
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be another friend of the club, MIKE WEAVER. Mike is a singer-songwriter originally from Cheltenham but now living in Worcestershire. He is a writer and illustrator by day, and an acoustic performer by night, and has been compared to James Taylor, Jim Croce and Ralph McTell; thoughtful, lyric-based folk with a mellow hint of country.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 15th March 2019, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend or online HERE. They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., and also locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of our drive to be more environmentally aware.
Most of our events sell out, and this one is selling particularly quickly, so please do buy your tickets in advance.