Highly-rated duo set for gig

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They are described as one of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today.

And later this month, renowned duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow will perform an intimate gig at Seahouses’ St Cuthbert’s House.

The pair are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it’s their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine.

Their most recent album The Hum, produced by Mercury-nominated Gerry Diver, has received fine feedback from critics and fans. So impressive is The Hum – their third album – it earned them an invitation from Billy Bragg to perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

From one big performance to another, Tidow and O’Hooley followed up their Glastonbury appearance with a performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival; an event which has fond memories for the pair after they were hailed as the best act at the 2012 festival.

But while they loved performing at such renowned events, in front of huge audiences, they are relishing the more intimate gig at St Cuthbert’s House on Saturday, August 30.

O’Hooley said: “It is the two extremes; going from a festival to playing a house concert. But we love doing smaller gigs. People can really hear the words. A lot of the songs we do are around thought-provoking subjects and our lyrics are important.”

Since joining forces in 2009, the pair have forged a fine reputation and were nominated for Best Duo at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

As well as praise for their beautiful, interweaving harmonies, they are acknowledged as one of the strongest song-writing partnerships on the contemporary folk scene.