We’re very pleased to announce our first artists for 2020! There are many more to follow…
O’Hooley & Tidow
Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Guardian as
‘exceptional’ and The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk
music for the times we live in.’ Their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ features as the closing theme
song for Sally Wainwright’s latest BBC/HBO drama series Gentleman Jack. From an
emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration
of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects
and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way.
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and
Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and
piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British
folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO).
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony
duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6
Music’s Tom Robinson says ‘They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you
only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The
Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals), “one of folk’s odd couples”, have for nearly 25 years wowed audiences around Europe, The States and Australia, with virtuoso musicianship tempered by wry humour.
Singer, oboist, cor anglais player, swanee whistle afficionado, violinist and pianist, Paul Sartin is a BASCA-nominated composer, arranger, performer and teacher. Paul is a founding member of the BBC award-nominated ensembles Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus (German Critics Award 2017) and the late Bellowhead. Paul Hutchinson is the founder member of the innovative and progressive folk band, The Playford Liberation Front. His highly successful folk trio Hoover the Dog has recently morphed into the critically acclaimed Pagoda Project. Paul’s own compositions were published in 2012 (Food For Thought) and a second volume is in the pipeline.
‘Few can match this duo in concert for entertainment and great music’ The Independent.
Solo Piano ‘Inversions’
Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pianist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality.
‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm.
‘Inversions’ encapsulates the essence of an artist truly at one with her instrument.
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Nominated Best Traditional Track
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and
acoustic scene in recent years. Their unique ability to make old songs seem relevant and new songs
sound ancient has brought them widespread critical acclaim.
Their most recent album ‘Many a Thousand’ was released in autumn 2018 and accompanied by an
extensive UK tour. The new material includes more original compositions with reflections on the
modern world and storytelling that gets to the heart of life in Britain today. The original material sits
alongside some unearthed gems from the British and Irish folk canons delivered with powerful
harmony singing and sensitive musical arrangements.
“Rich in atmosphere, brilliantly performed” 5* Northern Sky
“Enthralling and thought provoking “. Folk Radio UK.
Frog on a Bike Ceilidh Band
Frog on a Bike are an accomplished, energetic, dance floor packing English Ceilidh band, covering Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire areas, as well as top Folk Festivals up and down UK. Their enthusiastic playing, big sound and driving rhythm is guaranteed to have you up and dancing. We’re so looking forward to welcoming them back in 2020 after a fantastic night in 2019!