Top folk duo to play parish church

O'Hooley and Tidow
O'Hooley and Tidow

FOLK fans will get a chance to hear one of the most acclaimed acts on the British roots music scene in the intimate setting of Wigan’s historic parish church.

O’Hooley and Tidow, who are currently supporting their fourth album Summat’s Brewin’, will perform in the Crawford Chapel at the storied place of worship on Friday December 4.

The duo, made up of singer-songwriter Heidi Tidow and vocalist, songwriter and pianist Belinda O’Hooley, are the latest traditional music act to appear at Wigan Parish Church under the banner of the Acoustic Roots promotion.

The group has blazed a trail across the British folk and traditional music scene and, having witnessed their live show, Swinley promoter David Cartlidge says music fans in Wigan are in for a treat.

David said: “I’ve spent far too much time and money going to see music acts and I can honestly say they are among the best I’ve seen.

“I cannot believe what they can do with just two voices and a piano. Their patter in between songs is also extremely funny and I am pleased to say tickets are selling nicely already.”

The duo’s latest album explores society’s complicated relationship throughout history with ale and drinking and follows songs on an array of subjects including 19th-century lesbian Anne Lister, the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell during World War One, migrant workers and scandalous Russian punk act Pussy Riot.

As well as writing their own songs O’Hooley, who previously played with Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, and Tidow have also brought a folk twist to songs by acts such as Massive Attack.

Brought up in Yorkshire the duo met in Huddersfield and began performing together in 2009 with a shared background in traditional Irish music as well as British roots music.

Their act has drawn comparisons to harmony duos such as Simon and Garfunkel and Kate and Anna McGarrigle and landed them a slot at Glastonbury.

O’Hooley and Tidow will perform at Wigan Parish Church on Friday December 4, with doors at 7pm.

Tickets are £12.50, available by ringing David on 01942 824291, visiting Symphony Music on Market Street or online at