Patsy Matheson: Domino Girls

For Little Piece of England 05 colour by Craig Oddy June 08‘Domino Girls’, the new album from Patsy Matheson, is her best and most ambitious work yet.

Featuring contributions from Belinda O’Hooley (O’Hooley & Tidow, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, Nic Jones trio)  – vocals, piano, accordion, Heidi Tidow (O’Hooley & Tidow) – vocals, Anna Esslemont (Uiscedwr, Bad Anna) – violin, Sarah Smout (Rosie Doonan & the Snapdragons, Michael Chapman) – cello,  and her long time collaborator Jon Short (double bass), with Will Reddy (drums) and Richard Ferdinando (Crosscut Saw) drums,  there are nine brand new compositions as well as ‘Chasing Rainbows’ – a song given to her by acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine.

The songs cover a range of subjects – from affairs of the heart to computer web cam hacking – each sensitively delivered and intricately layered up with signature Matheson vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar.

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Summat’s Brewin’: O’Hooley & Tidow’s new video

Summat’s Brewin’ (Oh Good Ale) Official Video…

O’Hooley and Tidow have produced this video to accompany a track from their brilliant new album, The Hum, which is released today. Belinda and Heidi are both members of CAMRA and enthusiastic supporters of the many craft breweries in their native Yorkshire. I’m looking forward to an opportunity to have a serious drink together.

Dai Jeffries


After their stunning debut, Silent June, expectations were high for Belinda and Heidi’s second album and they haven’t let us down. Facebook fans have followed the progress of the record and already heard the single, ‘The Last Polar Bear’, a song that works as a plea for ecological sanity and as a metaphor for unrequited love.

Where their debut opened with the complex ‘Flight Of The Petrel’ which made you pay attention lest the album get away from you, The Fragile delivers a more earthy clip round the ear with ‘The Tallest Tree’ with the bass end of Belinda’s piano embellished by Cormac Byrne’s percussion
and makes you pay attention. For all its beauty this is a much more down to earth album in the stories it tells in the original songs. There’s the sexually ambiguous ‘Gentleman Jack’ who is actually called Anne Lister; ‘Ronnie’s Song’ about a down-and-out who loved musicals and ‘A Daytrip’ in which I see my northern grandparents in fine detail.

Brought in from outside are Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’; ‘Little Boy Blue’ from a poem by Eugene Field and the traditional ‘She Lived Beside The Anner’. There are a small number of guests used with restraint although the string section is given free rein. Elsewhere Anna Esslemont, Sam Pegg and Andy Cutting contribute instrumental textures and Jackie Oates adds vocals to ‘Madgie In The Summerlands’ but The Fragile is really about Belinda and Heidi. The confidence, power and earthiness of their voices both solo and in harmony are what shine through this excellent album.

Dai Jeffries

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