February 25 2019

O’Hooley & Tidow (support from Mike Weaver). Friday March 15 Frenchay Village Hall

O’Hooley & Tidow (support from Mike Weaver). Friday March  15  Frenchay Village Hall
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 this month.
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 March 15, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 on the door.
Most of the club’s events sell out, so please do buy your tickets in advance.
For further information, please visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email