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Rock act ready for ballroom


Andy with The Low Riders


BEAUFORT Theatre & Ball- room, Ebbw Vale will play host to an evening with Andy Fair- weather Low and his band The LowRiders on Saturday, March 28 at 8pm. Andy Fairweather Low’s ped-


igree is the stuff rock dreams are made of. He came to promi- nence at the vanguard of the new youthful expression of music as lead singer of Amen Corner with hits such as Hello Suzy and Bend Me Shape Me. Over the years Andy has per-


formed with a host of music legends including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Gilmour, Elton John and Van Morrison, and recently toured with Roger Waters band and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Andy and his band The Low Riders return to Beaufort The- atre this season for what’s sure to be a musical masterclass – be sure not to miss it! Tickets priced £18 advance/


£20 on the door and are avail- able on 01495 355800 or by visit- ing blaenaugwentvenues.com


Band hails the 1990s


SIX-PIECE band Young Kato are to release Children of The Stars – the new single taken from their debut album Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow – through Republic of Music (You Me At Six, Tame Impala) in May. Children of the stars is a rose- tinted look back at the band’s youth, relating to 90’s kids alike who wish to live in that period of time forever. Catch Young Kato at Cardiff’s Full Moon Club on April 7.


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to O’Hooley&Tidow ahead of their Bristol showthis evening


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Meet The Band : O’Hooley&Tidow AndyHowells chats


WITH a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for groundbreaking album The Hum, and a nomination for Best Duo in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lion- hearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most cel- ebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hard- est of heart. Ahead of their show in Bristol tonight Andy Howells put questions to the duo:


Its a year since you were touring with The Hum, did you get a good response while out on tour? Yes, we think it’s been the best re-


sponse yet of all three albums. Our Bris- tol Folkhouse gig in particular was a high- light with a great audience. It was a very warm and emotional evening. People seem to have clutched The Hum and us to their bosoms.


Were there any particular highlights at the gigs? The new material has been very well re-


ceived, in particular Two Mothers which is our ballad about the controversial child migration scheme. It is a bit of a tear jerker. In contrast, probably the most joyful song we’ve ever written, Summat’s Brewin’ about our love of real ale, has seen the country singing along loudly and heartily.


What can we expect from O’Hooley and Tidow’s live show this time? We’re returning to the Folk House on


Friday, March 6 for one of three concerts across the UK celebrating International Women’s Day. We are joined by BBC Ra- dio 2 Folk Award finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwrit- er Grace Petrie. As well as singing our


SHOW: O’Hooley & Tidow soon to play in Bristol


own material, there will be plenty of col- laboration with the other performers and hopefully raising lots of money for local women’s charities.


Are there any Welsh dates forthcom- ing? There are indeed. We love playing in


Wales and return to Machynlleth Y Tab- ernacl on Saturday, April 18, then our first visit to Anglesey with a concert at Menai Bridge’s Victoria Hotel on Sun- day, April 19. In the summer, we’ve been asked back for the second year running to headline Trelawynd’s Folk at the Hall on the Saturday afternoon of July 11.


There’s an announcement coming soon for the autumn.


What about any new recordings? We are currently writing album number


four to be released in Feb 2016. We’re already really excited about it.


What’s inspiring you both at the moment and are there any particular albums or artists you’re enjoying lis- tening to? The people and the landscape of where


we live in the Colne Valley area of Hud- dersfield is a constant source of inspira- tion. Wildlife, the human condition and


Nation’s classics enjoyed


WHAT better way to celebrate St David’s Day than bringing one of Wales’ most universal popular culture contribution to the forefront – the Number One Record. As Wales at No.1 hosted by


The One Show’s Alex Jones proved on Sunday, this has been a medium Wales has excelled in since 1959 when Shirley Bassey topped the UK charts with As I Love You. As the evening began with


The Welsh Pops Orchestra’s rendition of At The Sound Of The Swinging Cymbal (com- posed by ex-Shirley Bassey musical director Brian Fahey, and the theme to Pick of The Pops) it became apparent no other tune would be more appropriate to introduce the best in Wales music talent. Swansea’s Shaheen Jafarg- holi brought new life to Spen-


Review: Wales at No.1, Wales Millennium Centre


cer Davis Group’s Keep on Running while John Owen Jones revived Tom Jones’ Green Green Grass of Home. Sophie Evans brought a new twist to Amen Corner’s smash If Paradise Is Half as Nice and Jessica Lee Morgan played her mother Mary Hop- kin’s hit Those Were The Days which the audience clapped along with from the offset. Lucie Jones wowed the crowd with stunning performances of Dave Edmunds’ I Hear You Knocking and Stereophonics’ Dakota. There were some genuine


Welsh number one stars to hand as well. Shakin Stevens


opened the second half of the show with two of his four chart-toppers, Green Door and This Ole House while the first Welshman ever to reach the UK num- ber one slot, Ricky Valence, gave a perfect rendition of his 1960 chart-topper Tell Laura I Love Her, despite suffering a severe heart at- tack early last week. AmyWadge sangEdSheer-


an’s Thinking Out Loud and Manic Street Preacher James Dean Bradfield per- formed If You Tolerate This. As key performers of the


evening reunited on stage to sing Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual, (celebrating its 50th anniversary this week) Wales At No.1 provedthe ul- timate Pick of Wales Pops. Diolch! Andy Howells


love in all its permutations, outsiders, masks and oppression are recurring themes in our music. We’ve actually been listening to a fair bit of dance music be- cause of the fitness classes we do at our local leisure centre.


What was the first record you bought and why? Heidi bought I Wish I Could Fly by Or-


ville because it was the cutest thing she’d ever heard. Belinda bought Arrival by Abba be-


cause it made her fingers tingle. The duo play Bristol Folk House tonight.


STAR: Lucie Jones


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