We are excited to announce our next concert as we welcome the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-nominated duo O'HOOLEY & TIDOW on Friday 19th June.

Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow, both singer-songwriters and performers in their own rights, have been singing and recording together since 2009. Three albums, a Best Duo nomination at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and national and international plaudits later, the team at Downend are rightly thrilled to be bringing the act to the club.

Both Belinda and Heidi hail from Yorkshire, with their music reflecting both their English heritage and their international outlook. Their songs, written together as collaborative pieces, capture the soul and imagination which they also bring to their live performances. Their “beautifully unusual songs touch on everything from dark folk tales, cross-dressing historical figures, the global economy, right through to a song about the last polar bear.”, and Mojo awarded their latest album, The Hum, their Folk Album Of The Year 2014, describing it as “‘boldly defiant and sharply individual. One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’.

Expect a fantastic night of sharp, emotionally-effecting singing and songs from this multi-talented duo.

Support on the night will come from Birmingham’s Robert Lane. Robert is a singer-songwriter, drawing inspiration from The Beatles, Pete Townshend, Rufus Wainwright and Ron Sexsmith, and has appeared at locations as diverse as The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Birmingham Artsfest and The Tenby Blues Festival.

Tickets are available from from Kafe Karma, Melanie's Kitchen, Bristol Ticket Shop or online here, £10 in advance. Members tickets are £9 each from the "Members Only" section of the website (after you've logged in). If there are any left on the door, they'll cost £12 each.

Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a full bar serving GWB real ale, cider, wine and a range of soft drinks, as well as a raffle.