Next at Downend Folk Club

Published on: 09 Jun 2015

O’Hooley & Tidow
plus support from
Robert Lane
Frenchay Village Hall,
Friday June 19.
Doors open 7.30pm.

AFTER last month’s event featuring the re-emerging Ruth Notman and a stunning support set from Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Downend Folk Club’s programme swings back towards nominees from this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards as they welcome one of the UK’s leading duos O’Hooley & Tidow.
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for their groundbreaking album “The Hum”, Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting.
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 at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.
Nick Coleman, from the Independent On Sunday“ described their music as: “Defiant, robust, political, northern, poetical folk music for the times we live in”.
Downend Folk Club chairman Ant Miles said: “O’Hooley & Tidow are one of the very best acts on the UK folk scene at the moment, so it’s a pleasure and a privilege to welcome them to Downend Folk Club.
“Their live performances are widely-acknowledged to be among the best in the country, and in terms of contemporary folk music, this is a duo at the very top of their game.”
Opening the evening will be Robert Lane, who is the latest in a long line of highly-rated up-and-coming acts to open proceedings at the club.
Inspired to write and perform by the likes of The Beatles, Pete Townshend, Rufus Wainwright and Ron Sexsmith, Robert played with various bands as a guitarist before taking the decision to perform as a solo artist. Since then, the Birmingham-based singer/songwriter has appeared at Beverley Folk Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Birmingham Artsfest and The Tenby Blues Festival as well as venues including Birmingham’s Glee Club and Jools Holland’s famous venue The Jam House.
The event will be held at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday June 19. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a full bar serving GWB real ale, cider, wine and a range of soft drinks, as well as a raffle.
Tickets are £10 in advance, £12 on the door and are available from Melanie’s Kitchen, Kafe Karma, Bristol Ticket Shop and www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. Members tickets are £9 from the website or direct from Ant Miles.

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