With high profile performances over the summer at Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Green Man Festival, The Guardian naming their set as a highlight of this year’s 50th Cambridge Folk Festival, plus a feature in The Guardian, appearances on Woman’s Hour, The Verb and live sessions on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and Cerys Matthews’s 6 Music Show, Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are one of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today.
Produced by Mercury nominated Gerry Diver, The Hum saw them selected as Folk Radio UK’s Artist(s) of the Month in February. The Guardian has already hailed The Hum as one of the albums of the year and as Belinda and Heidi’s most experimental album to date, with an undercurrent of optimism, celebrating the grit and mettle in migrating people, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised. It has received multiple airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6 Music, with Lauren Laverne heralding that she loves the album, Folk Album of the Month in MOJO magazine, a Top of the World choice in Songlines, culminating in Billy Bragg personally inviting the pair to perform at Glastonbury Festival.
Their brand new video released today is a live performance of ‘Peculiar Brood’- an intensely poignant look at suicide bombing from a mother’s perspective, using bird imagery, in part inspired by Hany Abu-Assadis’s 2005 film, set in Palestine called‘Paradise Now’. The duo were filmed in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, Leeds by Minster Studios. Watch it below:
They embark on their UK tour this November (dates below).
06 DEAL The Astor
07 SURREY Farnham Maltings
08 EAST SUSSEX Alfriston Old Chapel
13 CAMBRIDGE The Junction
14 ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH National Forest Folk Club
15 SOUTH PETHERTON David Hall
16 PENZANCE St Just Commercial Hotel
21 WAREHAM Town Hall
22 SUFFOLK Boxford Fleece Folk
23 LONDON The End Festival
26 MANCHESTER Royal Northern College of Music
27 SOUTHPORT The Atkinson
28 LEEDS Live at All Hallows
29 SHEFFIELD Heeley Institute
06 GLASGOW Milngavie Folk Club
07 BEDALE Tallulah’s
Ticket links and full details: ohooleyandtidow.com