Believe the hype around rising folk duo

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CHAMBER folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow play Sage Gateshead this Saturday.

The gig follows a stack of accolades that have been pouring in since they released new album The Fragile last month.

Belinda O’Hooley was one of the original members of North East folk band The Unthanks, and contributed two songs, Blackbird and Whitethorn, to the 2007 Mercury Award-nominated album, The Bairns.

This will be the duo’s third visit to the North East, having sold out shows at The Cumberland Arms in Byker on two previous occasions.

They’ve been receiving national airplay from BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding show, Cerys Matthews on 6 Music and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.

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

The Fragile comes hot on the heels of their debut Silent June, which was one of MOJO Magazine’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2010.

l Tickets for Saturday’s gig, which starts at 8pm, are £12 from Tel. 443 4661 or www.thesagegateshead.org