SHE’S a multi-talented singer and songwriter, just as comfortable with folk as she is with rock.
Add the fact that she’s a local girl made very good and that’s why there will be a warm welcome for Belinda O’Hooley when she sings at Hebden Bridge on July 25.
Belinda, who lives in the Colne Valley, still sings music that is rooted in the north. She comes from a long line of musicians originating in Ireland. Her uncle is multi-instrumentalist Tony Howley, her cousin, Colm O’Donnell leads the successful Border Collie Band and another cousin, Tommy Fleming has mapped out a successful solo singing career since leaving Irish super-group De Danaan.
Belinda’s rise to fame began seven years ago when she won television’s Stars In Their Eyes as Eurythmics diva Annie Lennox and experience which she says left her “outwardly embarrassed and secretly proud…”
The death of her mum marked a significant turning point in Belinda’s life and career. She bought a piano and began to write. Her debut album said it all, Music Is My Silence.
More recently, Belinda has been working with the award winning folk band, Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. But at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on July 25 she will be joined on stage by another singer, Heidi Tidow.
Together they offer well crafted songs, sublime harmonies and a touch of northern banter. There will be support from Edinburgh Fringe comedian Debs Gatenby.
A full UK tour is promised in November, but as a taster, try next Friday’s Hebden Bridge gig.
Tickets are £7.50/£5 and the doors open at 8pm. Box office is on 01422 845265.