O'hooley & Tidow in Sheffield
O'hooley & Tidow
Upper Chapel, Sheffield
Friday 22nd December 2023, £22.00
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How exciting is this winter warmer from Belinda and Heidi as they make a welcome return to Sheffield's glorious Upper Chapel, a performance and meeting space in the heart of the city since 1700, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs - including a selection from their album 'WinterFolk', produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker
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, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts.
Much loved Yorkshire folk duo Belinda OHooley and Heidi Tidow have been propelled into newfound fame for penning the theme tune to Sally Wainwrights hit BBC1/HBO drama Gentleman Jack, earning them global admiration, appearances on TV, Radio 4 Womans Hour and concerts that sell out months in advance.
Belinda and Heidis 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. Their first full studio album in seven years; Cloudheads delves into the mindscapes, passions and inner worlds of two highly individual autistic women; Belinda and Heidi. Moving, melodic, dramatic and tender, from stories of parenthood, the call of a song thrush, to a portrait of the last days of a touching relationship between their neighbour Matthew and his beloved Alsatian, Ted, and even a collaboration with Gentleman Jack herself, Suranne Jones on The Ballad of Anne and Ann, 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, 6 Musics 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.
I have just listened to your track, Beryl, with tears in my eyes! Its beautiful and brilliant. Maxine Peake
Nominated four times for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo.
* * * * * The Guardian
Brave, beautiful and full of love. Martin Simpson
Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.
* * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month
'Have Belinda and Heidi done it again? Certainly.
* * * * * R2
'Dense, complex, beautifully performed.
* * * * Songlines
Please note that there is no alcohol for sale at the gig but there are limited soft drinks available free for those who would like them. Drinks must be consumed in designated areas only, not in the chapel itself.
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