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ohooley17.jpg Christmas without all the trimmings

O’Hooley & Tidow’s latest album Winterfolk Vol 1 touches on some of the less tinsel-based aspects of Christmas but they’re still sure to raise good cheer when they play the cosy environs of The Cumberland Arms in December.

It’s Christmas! Let’s have some domestic violence! Huh? But it’s a fact, that while Christmas can be a wonderful time, it’s also a season – and I think it does deserve a season all of its own, separate from Winter – that many people find is garlanded in darker hues. And this is reflected through O’Hooley & Tidow’s latest album that features a collection of original, contemporary and traditional winter songs including One More Xmas (a song that wishes for the return to childhood and one more Christmas with mum, described by the Guardian as “the best seasonal song since Fairytale of New York”), WinterFolk Carol (a carol for today reflecting people’s needs to connect to others), Whitethorn (originally written for Rachel Unthank & The Winterset’s 2007’s album The Bairns) and The Last Polar Bear (a glacial love song). The pair have carved out a real niche for themselves in the contemporary folk scene and I’d take their take on Christmas over 100 sodding Bublés, any day of the week.

O’Hooley & Tidow, Thursday 14 December, The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 8pm, £14 adv/£15 door. thecumberlandarms.co.uk