Four-star folk music from O’Hooley & Tidow

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FOLK duo O’Hooley & Tidow are fine-tuning their return to Newcastle.

The pair have played the region many times and are looking forward to their forthcoming gig at the Cluny 2 in Newcastle on February 9.

Hailed as the best act of the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 by The Guardian, and nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, the multi award-winning Belinda O’Hooley (previously of The Unthanks, Nic Jones Trio and Jackie Oates) and Heidi Tidow are now one of the most popular and unique acts on the contemporary folk scene.

Their latest album The Fragile garnered four-star reviews from The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut and Songlines, and was described by The Independent as a “must-buy”.

O’Hooley & Tidow debuted The Fragile at Gateshead’s The Sage in March 2012.

The duo’s unusual songs touch on every human emotion; drawing on love and loss, dark and humorous folk tales and everything from the invisibility of the elderly, through to ecology, rumour-mongering and the global economy.

Championed by folk icon Nic Jones, Mike Harding and 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews, expect a blend of thought-provoking songs, intricate harmonies, tempered by cheeky Northern banter from their set.

* O’Hooley & Tidow (with support from Amelia Curran) play Cluny 2 on February 9, at 8pm. Tickets are £10.

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