August 2011 – Musicians – O’Hooley and Tidow




Between August and November 2009 at their home in Golcar, Huddersfield, Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow recorded an album, Silent June, which was released on 22 February 2010 to critical acclaim. It was one of MOJO magazine’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2010 and won ‘Best Debut’ in the Spiral Awards, organised by Spiral Earth. O’Hooley & Tidow also won the FATEA Innovation Award 2010, an award for music which broadens the appeal of roots-based music.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. 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, published in 1934 and recorded by many artists, most notably Gracie Fields.

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If you want to catch Them live they are playing at the TwikFolk Event October  you can buy tickets here

And their second album is due out in February 2012 (editor note.. can’t wait for that 🙂 

Lnl questionnaire

 Your favourite virtue?

If you mean in terms of moral correctness, then we’re not keen on virtue, as it implies superiority.

As women particularly, we’d rather be rebellious than virtuous!

Your favourite qualities in a man?

The ability to listen and see things from other’s point of view. To embrace their feminine sides, and treat women as equals.

Your favourite qualities in a woman?

Level-headed, intelligent, funny and strong.

Your main characteristic?

Belinda: Daft. Heidi: Daft.

What draws you most to your friends?

Sense of humour, shared interests, especially of music, food and conversation.

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?

The current government.

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?

Each other.

Your idea of happiness?

A long walk in the countryside followed by a pint in a cosy pub – the simple things!

What is your favourite way of spending the day?

Please see above.

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?

Belinda: My cat Madgie RIP (apart from being run over by a car). Heidi: I’m happy being me!

Where would you most like to live?

Belinda: I like Golcar, but alternatively I love Whitby and being by the sea.

Heidi: Where we live now is lovely and rural, but I’ve always had a yen to live in a big, vibrant city, like Bristol or Sheffield.

Who is your favourite author?

Belinda: Ali Smith, I love her use of words which transport my imagination into her world. Heidi: Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin), as she has such an interesting perspective on people and human behaviour, often delving into the depths of her character’s minds.

Who is your favourite poet?

Heidi: Predictably, Jackie Kay. Belinda: Thom Gunn.

Your favourite heroines in fiction? 

Any strong, fierce female characters that challenge the social order e.g. Jackie in Sarah Hall’s The Carhullan Army

Your favourite painters?

Heidi: My uncle Keith is a great painter and decorator.    Belinda: Frida Kahlo

Who is your favourite composer?

Belinda: Old school, I love Chopin and Bach in particular. Current, our string arranger Melanie Purves – fabulously original and mad as a hatter. Heidi: I love Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Chopin and Philip Glass.

What is your favourite Film?

Ooh, too many good films to mention… Belinda: Frankie & Johnny, Fried Green Tomatoes.

Heidi: Husbands & Wives (Woody Allen) and Brokeback Mountain, sob!

Your favourite food?

Heidi: Nutella. Belinda: Peanut butter (wholemeal crunchy)

Your favourite drink?

Heidi: You can’t beat a good old cup of tea. Belinda: A glass of good red wine.

Who do you most admire?

Belinda: Women who survive despite enduring terrible forms of oppression, such as violence or sexual abuse.

Heidi: I admire people who are open and proud of their sexuality and stand strong in the face of homophobia.

What is your present state of mind?

Heidi: Excited, as we’re about to record our new album! Belinda: Me too.

For what fault have you most toleration?

Belinda: Being overly optimistic. Heidi: Forgetfulness.

Your favourite motto?

Belinda: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Heidi: Never stop questioning. Albert Einstein.


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