O'Hooley & Tidow

O'Hooley & Tidow

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

The best act of Cambridge Folk Festival (Guardian), and BBC R2 Folk Awards finalists for Best Duo; Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow create thought-provoking songs, intricate harmonies and striking, piano-led arrangements from their critically acclaimed albums 'Silent June' & ‘The Fragile’.

Biography

Hailed as the best act of the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 by The Guardian and finalists in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for ‘Best Duo’; the multi award-winning Belinda O’Hooley (Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, Nic Jones Trio, Jackie Oates) and Heidi Tidow are now one of the most popular and unique acts on the contemporary folk scene. Their latest album ‘The Fragile’ garnered 4 star reviews from The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut and Songlines, and was described by The Independent as a ‘must-buy’. Their 2010 debut album ‘Silent June‘ received widespread acclaim and was listed in Mojo Magazine’s top 10 Folk Albums of 2010. The duo’s beautifully unusual songs touch on every human emotion; drawing on love and loss, dark and humorous folk tales and everything from the invisibility of the elderly, through to ecology, rumour-mongering and the global economy. Championed by folk icon Nic Jones and 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews; expect an irresistible blend of thought-provoking songs, intricate harmonies and striking piano-led arrangements.

Lyrics

The Last Polar Bear

Written By: Belinda O'Hooley/Heidi Tidow

The Last Polar Bear (O’Hooley/Tidow)

What if you were the last polar bear?
And I was a small patch of snow
Would we be lonely?
Would you find me?

A gentle footprint, carefully chosen
Moving slowly towards to the snow
I’m blindly waiting, urging you forward
Tonight we don’t have to be alone

And there is nothing left to see for miles and miles
When the tide comes in
And never goes out

Ah ah
When the tide comes in
When the tide comes in

What if you were the last polar bear?
And I was a small patch of snow
As the North Star lights our meeting
You watch as I melt in your hand

Pass It On

Written By: Belinda O'Hooley/Heidi Tidow

Pass It On (O’Hooley)

I heard a terrible thing about you
A secret handed down
From one loose grip to another
Your fate was passed around and around

Give me a Chinese whisper, give me a rumour
Let me mould it, shape it, change it
And pass it on, pass on the baton
‘Til everyone’s holding court

She’s got an ugly reputation
Of a common prostitute
The consequence of childish serenades
That mark and distort as a surgeon’s blade
But cut from cloth entirely manmade

Give me a Chinese whisper, give me a rumour
Let me mould it, shape it, change it
And pass it on, pass on the baton
‘Til everyone’s holding court

He’s happy at the bar with his pint and quips
They listen with piggy ears
He’s telling them how to identify
The silent, the guilty, the ones to stone
With rocks pulled out from flesh and bone

Give me a Chinese whisper, give me a rumour
Let me mould it, shape it, change it
And pass it on, pass on the baton
‘Til everyone’s holding court

Gentleman Jack

Written By: Belinda O'Hooley/Heidi Tidow

Gentleman Jack (O’Hooley/Tidow)

Behind her back she’s Gentleman Jack
A Yorkshire lady of renown
She’s ever so fine, but she won’t toe the line
Upon her name the gentlemen frown

At Shibden Hall she had them all
The fairer sex fell under her spell
Dapper and bright, she held them tight
Handsome Anne seduced them well

Gentleman Jack, oh Gentleman Jack
Watch your back, you’re under attack
Their husbands are coming, you’d better start running
For nobody likes a Jack-the-Lass

Jack-the-lass, Jack-the-Lass
No-one likes a Jack-the-Lass
The code is cracked, your bags are packed
The knives are out for Gentleman Jack

Proud and stout with standing and clout
She played the fellas at their game
Ambitious of mind, she’s one of a kind
Her devilish ways the men couldn’t tame

Hidden away, revealed today
4 million words in diaries found
Motives exposed in a baffling code
Romantic yearnings all leather bound

Gentleman Jack, oh Gentleman Jack
Watch your back, you’re under attack
Their husbands are coming, you’d better start running
For nobody likes a Jack-the-Lass

Jack-the-lass, Jack-the-Lass
No-one likes a Jack-the-Lass
The code is cracked, your bags are packed
The knives are out for Gentleman Jack

Discography


Silent June: album: 22 February 2010: No Masters distributed by Proper Records

The Last Polar Bear: single (download): 21 November 2011; No Masters

The Fragile: album: 9 February 2012: No Masters distributed by Proper Records

Gentleman Jack/The Last Polar Bear: single (download): 4 November 2012: No Masters

Radio play on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, BBC 6 Music Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music Gideon Coe, Live Session on BBC 6 Music Cerys Matthews.