Folk duo O’Hooley and Tidow return to Ropery Hall

One of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow return to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall towards the end of September as the first gig in the monthly autumn programme of folk.

The Yorkshire based duo will be promoting the latest album, Shadows, that has been receiving brilliant reviews since it was released at the end of July.

“Belinda and Heidi are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it’s their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, and sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as one of British folk’s mightiest combinations,” Liz went on.  “This new album Shadows is the follow up to the ground-breaking album, The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for Best Duo in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.”

Many folk lovers feel that Belinda and Heidi have 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, with their powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances that are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart.

Their 2016 album, Shadows, was given a five-starred review in The Guardian and three of their other four albums have received four-starred reviews in the British national press.

The duo will be appearing at Ropery Hall on Saturday, September 24, starting at 8pm with tickets costing £13 in advance of £15 on the door.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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