The Passerine – O’Hooley & Tidow Are Lead Artists for New Show at Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The Passerine (meaning songbirds) is the title of the new show being created by O’Hooley & Tidow as part of the Room for All project, commissioned by Arts Council England.

The Passerine (Bellstone stage, Sunday August 27)  is a new ensemble of brilliant refugee and migrant musicians handpicked by Belinda and Heidi and presenting exciting fresh arrangements of new and traditional music to explore and celebrate diverse world cultures.

Stories of flight to safer havens, away from conflict, political oppression and other disasters will feature; but above all a celebration of the wide-ranging and amazing culture in the UK today.

Poet Dean Atta is joining The Passerine ensemble to provide spoken word context with new and existing work for the premiere performance .

The Passerine line up:

Belinda O’Hooley (UK/Ireland) – Musical director/vocals/piano/accordion

Heidi Tidow (UK/Germany/Ireland) – Musical director/vocals/foot percussion

Sarah Yaseen (UK/Pakistan) – Vocals/guitar/darabouka

Shurooq Abu el Nas (Sudan) – Vocals

Avital Raz (Israel) – Vocals/guitar/tampura/glockenspiel

Arian Sadr (Iran) – Percussion (daf & tonbak)

Mina Salama (Egypt) – Oud/nay/nailute/kawala/duduk/kanun/mandolin/udu drum/vocals

Vijay Venkat (India) – Violin/flute

Dean Atta (UK/Jamaica/Cyprus) – Performance poet and narrator