Can’t really believe that it was four years ago that Moira and I last saw O’Hooley+Tidow at the Folk House. Well, last night, they were ‘roughing it’ at Bristol’s wonderful St George’s – complete with its Steinway grand piano… and they were simply brilliant (again).
Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are very impressive
singer-songwriters who tackle thought-provoking issues such as racism, animal
cruelty, poverty, vulnerability and child abuse with remarkable, understated
clarity. Their voices combine quite brilliantly (and St George’s is just a
perfect venue for such gifted people!). Belinda O’Hooley clearly relished her
evening on the Steinway and I was amused by the St George’s blurb indicating
that “Heidi shares lead vocals with Belinda, and also provides foot percussion”
(when I launch my own music career, foot percussion will be my instrument of
It was a really lovely evening (they’re very amusing
too!) – they played for two hours and only stopped for 20 minutes to sell their
CDs during the interval.
One of the highlights for me was when they sang Joni
Mitchell’s ‘River’… that moment when two of your favourite singers begin
singing a song that you instantly recognise as perhaps your favourite song in
all the world (by your very favourite singer-songwriter)… that sense of “please
don’t mess this up”… immediately followed by that nerve-tingling feeling when
you realise that it’s going to be ok, they’re going to perform the song in a
quite exquisite way.
Yes, feeling very
PS: I think they’ll
be appearing in Frome on 12 March (with other performers, in the guise of “Coven”)…
if you’re in the area, I suggest you book tickets!
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