Sublime harmonies from talented duo

THE FINAL concert of the 2012 season for Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel next Tuesday evening will feature Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow.

They were described by The Guardian as the “Best Act” of the Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 and also won the award as “Best Duo” in the 2012 Spiral Earth Awards. Their debut album was one of the Mojo Magazine top ten Folk Albums of 2010. They have recently released a second CD on the No Masters label, entitled “The Fragile”.

Belinda was one of the original members of the Northumbrian Band, Rachel Unthank and The Winterset. She left the band in 2007 after writing two of the songs (Blackbird and Whitethorn) on the band’s Mercury nominated album, The Bairns. Belinda and Heidi met on the Huddersfield MusicsScene in 2005, but began song writing and performing together in 2008.

Belinda is a pianist, singer, composer, songwriter and interpreter. She has played piano for a number of folk acts, including Jackie Oates, and the legendary Nic Jones, currently being a member of the Nic Jones Trio, which has appeared at a number of 2012 festivals. Together with Heidi, who sings and plays guitar, Belinda has also contributed to albums by Lucy Ward and Chumbawamba.

The beautifully unusual songs of the duo touch on everything, from dark folk tales, ecology, and cross-dressing historical figures, through to the invisibility of the elderly, rumour-mongering, and the global economy.

They have earned a reputation for honest, heart-breaking and, at times, humorous performances. Following the release of The Fragile a few months ago, Belinda and Heidi have been touring throughout the UK, impressing audiences with their irresistible blend of thought provoking songs, striking arrangements, sublime harmonies and cheeky Northern English banter.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club on December 4; doors will be open at 7.30 p.m. with Belinda and Heidi on stage at 8 p.m.