TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY - 8:00 PM
Belinda O’Hooley is a gifted pianist, singer, songwriter, and composer. She has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality. She is also one half of the much-loved Yorkshire folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow alongside her wife Heidi Tidow. The Guardian describes them as ‘exceptional songwriters.’
The duo penned the theme tune to Sally Wainwright’s hit BBC1/HBO drama Gentleman Jack. It earned them global admiration, an acting role for Belinda on the iconic TV drama Happy Valley, and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. Their concerts sell out months in advance.
Belinda is known for her inventive, minimalist, sometimes flamboyant accompanying of folk luminaries. These include Rufus Wainwright, Nic Jones, Jackie Oates and the Mercury nominated; Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.
Her solo album Inversions showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist. Many of the piano pieces are 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. As the first woman in her family to reclaim the tradition, Belinda has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm.
Goose-pimples, hair standing on end, pin-drop silence, all of this and so, so much more. The applause as she took her seat behind her piano once again, was deafening and lengthy. Pure love lapping against the stage. Fatea
Exquisite. * * * * * The Guardian
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