O'Hooley & Tidow

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O'Hooley & Tidow
Origin Huddersfield, UK
Genres Folk, chamber folk
Years active 2009 – present
Labels No Masters
Associated acts Lucy Ward; Chumbawumba
Website www.ohooleyandtidow.com
Members Belinda O'Hooley
Heidi Tidow

O'Hooley & Tidow are an English folk music duo from Yorkshire. Singer-songwriter Heidi Tidow (pronounced Tee-doe) performs and records with her civil partner,[1] singer-songwriter and pianist Belinda O'Hooley, who was formerly a member of Rachel Unthank and the Winterset (now The Unthanks). They were nominated for Best Duo at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.[2]

History[edit]

Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow, who were both brought up in Yorkshire, met in Huddersfield and started songwriting and performing together in 2009. They share a traditional Irish music background and have family in County Sligo and County Galway.[3] Heidi Tidow also has a German heritage on her mother’s side.[4]

Recordings[edit]

Silent June[edit]

Between August and November 2009 at their home in Golcar, Huddersfield,[5][6][7] they recorded an album, Silent June, which was released on 22 February 2010 to critical acclaim.[8][9][10][11] It was one of MOJO magazine’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2010[12] and won "Best Debut" in the Spiral Awards, organised by Spiral Earth.[13] O'Hooley & Tidow also won the FATEA Innovation Award 2010, an award for music which broadens the appeal of roots-based music.[14]

Silent June was mixed and mastered by Neil Ferguson of Chumbawamba and also featured Anna Esslemont and Cormac Byrne (both from Uiscedwr), Jackie Oates and the Solo Players string quartet. Its title refers to the words of one of the songs on the album, "Que Sera", about the execution during World War I of the British nurse Edith Cavell.[15][16] The album also includes a version of the song "Spancil Hill" and a new song "Too Old To Dream" incorporating a segment of "When I Grow Too Old to Dream", a popular song with music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II,[8] published in 1934 and recorded by many artists, most notably Gracie Fields.

The Fragile[edit]

O'Hooley & Tidow released a single, "The Last Polar Bear", in November 2011. The song was taken from their second album, The Fragile,[17] featuring Andy Cutting, Jackie Oates, Anna Esslemont and Cormac Byrne, which was released in February 2012. Northern Sky music magazine's reviewer described the song as "utterly beautiful", saying "This is how love songs should be written."[18] The track was issued in November 2012 as a double single with "Gentleman Jack";[19] this song, also from the album, is about Anne Lister, an early 19th-century Yorkshire lesbian gentlewoman.[20]

The album also includes a cover version of Massive Attack's "Teardrop", voted by Guardian music critic Jude Rogers as one of the best tracks of 2012.[21]

Robin Denselow of The Guardian described the album as an "intriguing, ambitious set".[22]

The Hum[edit]

Their third album, The Hum, was released on 17 February 2014[23][24] and received a four-starred review in The Irish Times.[25]

In The Guardian, Robin Denselow described it as the duo's most experimental album to date with "thoughtful, inventive songs about industry, migrant workers and war alongside a sturdy tribute to Pussy Riot; an exquisite lament about motherhood and sacrifice; a mystical love story about a fox who becomes a woman, and a haunting treatment of Ruins By the Shore, the Nic Jones song of time and decay. Surely one of the albums of the year".[26]

Live performances[edit]

The Guardian's Jude Rogers described O'Hooley & Tidow as the weekend's "best band" at the 2012 Cambridge Folk Festival.[27]

Other musical contributions[edit]

O'Hooley & Tidow also feature on Chumbawamba's album ABCDEFG (2010)[28] and Lucy Ward's debut album Adelphi Has to Fly (2011).

Discography[edit]

Title Format Release date Label
Silent June album 22 February 2010 No Masters,[29] (NMCD 32), distributed by Proper Records
"The Last Polar Bear" single (download) 21 November 2011[17] No Masters
The Fragile album 9 February 2012 No Masters (NMCD 39)
"Gentleman Jack"/"The Last Polar Bear" single (download) 4 November 2012[30] No Masters
The Hum album 17 February 2014 No Masters (NMCD 41)

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Emma Hartley (9 February 2012). "O'Hooley & Tidow on Fay Hield, homophobia and the fragility of life". Emma Hartley's Glamour Cave. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013". BBC. January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "About". O'Hooley & Tidow website. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fri 2 Nov: O'Hooley & Tidow". Three Legs Festival 2012. 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Sam Wonfor (6 May 2010). "New band and album for The Unthanks' Belinda O'Hooley". www.journallive.co.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow (October 2010). "Day 1: The Story So Far – By Belinda & Heidi". Spiral Earth. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "O'Hooley & Tidow – Silent June". Folk Radio UK. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Colin Irwin (16 February 2010). "The former-Unthank’s gift for a charged lyric and a compelling tune is undiminished". BBC Online. Retrieved 11 March 2011. "Too Old to Dream is a sentimental, yet still intensely moving picture of faded memories, melded into the old Sigmund Romberg/Oscar Hammerstein II standard and a recording of a Dewsbury care home resident....One More Xmas might also one day be recognised as a classic. Thoughtful, provocative, yearning and deeply poignant, it’ll resonate with anyone who’s lost a loved one or wilts under grown-up responsibilities, and may just be the best seasonal song written since Fairytale of New York."
  9. ^ Neil Spencer (14 February 2010). "O'Hooley & Tidow: Silent June". The Observer (London). Retrieved 20 March 2011. "The spare, dramatic piano parts that Belinda O'Hooley formerly brought to the Unthanks have grown into rippling, neo-classical arrangements on this first album with fellow singer and songwriter Heidi Tidow... A bold, unsettling debut."
  10. ^ David Honigmann (27 February 2010). "O'Hooley & Tidow: Silent June". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 May 2011. "Four stars...the deceptively light 'Shelter Me' is a memorably off-beat love song...O’Hooley unfolds a gorgeous piano melody."
  11. ^ Peter Culshaw (30 January 2010). "New Music CDs Round-Up 5: O’Hooley and Tidow, Silent June (No Masters)". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 18 June 2011.  "[A] low-key but intensely beautiful and poetic album...the piano, adventurous bracing strings and vocals give it a semi-classical feel."
  12. ^ "Award winning Huddersfield folk duo O’Hooley and Tidow set for LBT concert". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Spiral Awards Winners 2011". Spiral Earth. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Fatea Awards 2010". FATEA Magazine. 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  15. ^ O'Hooley says that “Que Sera” seeks to portray "the horrors of war from a woman's perspective" and "explores the feelings, sounds and senses that Edith Cavell may have felt as she stood before a firing squad"."O'Hooley & Tidow". Gayleeds.com. 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "O'Hooley & Tidow: unconventional and experimental folk" (2). Musos magazine. February 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "O’Hooley & Tidow – The Last Polar Bear". Missing Lesbians. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  18. ^ Allan Wilkinson (22 November 2011). "Single Review: O'Hooley & Tidow – The Last Polar Bear (Download)". Northern Sky. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Music and Performance: Interview with O'Hooley and Tidow". When Sally Met Sally. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  20. ^ Elizabeth Mavor (4 February 1988). "Gentleman Jack from Halifax". London Review of Books, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp 18–19. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  21. ^ Jude Rogers and others (17 December 2012). "The best albums of 2012: our critics' individual choices". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  22. ^ Robin Denselow (2 February 2012). "O'Hooley & Tidow: The Fragile – review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "O'Hooley & Tidow bid farewell to The Fragile". Spiral Earth. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  24. ^ Simon Holland (5 December 2013). "New Album: O’Hooley & Tidow – The Hum". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Joe Breen (14 March 2014). "O’Hooley & Tidow: The Hum". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  26. ^ Robin Denselow (20 February 2014). "O'Hooley & Tidow: The Hum – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  27. ^ Jude Rogers (31 July 2012). "Cambridge folk festival". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  28. ^ Stefan Appleby (9 March 2010). "Music – Review of Chumbawamba – ABCDEFG". BBC. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  29. ^ "No master’s voice – Belinda O’Hooley, former pianist with Mercury nominees The Unthanks, talks to Rachael Clegg about her latest duo outing". Sheffield Telegraph. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  30. ^ "Gentleman Jack". Amazon.co.uk. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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