Silent June is a Stunning debut album from ex-Unthanks pianist, Belinda O’Hooley and Yorkshire songwriter Heidi Tidow. Haunting piano, soaring strings and warm harmonies combine beautifully. O’Hooley is best known for her work as songwriter and pianist with Rachel Unthank & the Winterset (now The Unthanks).
Since leaving the band, the stark, haunting piano arrangements she brought to the Mercury Prize-nominated album ‘The Bairns’ (EMI) have evolved and migrated to her new duo with Yorkshire songwriter Heidi Tidow. These dapper-suited gentlewomen have an unconventional, wryly observant, melancholic and sometimes uncomfortable take on life; creating their very own brand of contemporary folk song together with a stage manner likened to Jo Brand meets Laurel & Hardy.
‘Silent June’ was recorded between August and November 2009 at Belinda and Heidi’s home in Golcar, Huddersfield, mixed and mastered by Neil Ferguson (Chumbawamba). With their voices and the infamous Yamaha U3 upright piano featured in ‘The Bairns’ (Rachel Unthank & The Winterset) as the core sound, this album unveils the joining forces of two highly original and compelling songwriters.