international women's day 2011

Pandemonium – Saturday 26th February – Benefit for Lancashire LGBT Centre

Posted on: 10 February 2011

7pm at the Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP
Tickets £10 – Tel: 01772 499425 for reservations & event tickets

In celebration of LGBT History Month and International Women’s Day, Lancashire LGBT Centre presents ‘Pandemonium’ – a unique and unusual evening of music and comedy.

With an all female line-up – O’Hooley & Tidow, Shaista Aziz, Coco Malone, and the Rockabelles – the night will be one to remember!

The evening is a charity fundraiser for the Lancashire LGBT Centre.

The amazing line-up includes:

O’Hooley & Tidow
– intensely beautiful and wryly humourous contemporary folk”. Leeds-born Belinda O’Hooley is best known ‘til now as the song-writer and pianist on the Mercury nominated album ‘The Bairns’ by Rachel Unthank and the Winterset (now the Unthanks). Belinda’s ability to play everything from the big band arrangements of the 1950s to jazz, musical hall and war-time songs of the 1930s and 40s makes her a musician of startling versatility, with an understanding of her instrument second to none. Recognised for her song-writing and piano-playing, she has been praised for making fantastic, lasting and important songs. In 2007, Belinda teamed up with fellow Yorkshire song-writer and singer, Heidi Tidow to create their very own brand of contemporary folk in O’Hooley & Tidow. Their debut album, ‘Silent June’ featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums for 2010.

Shaista Aziz
– is a stand-up comedian and will be the compere for the night. Shaista is a former BBC journalist, writer and aid worker. The British Pakistani Muslim took up stand-up comedy when she realised she was never going to fulfil her ambition of becoming a housewife. Shaista won the King Gong competition at The Comedy Store, Manchester in 2010 and has performed at comedy festivals and clubs across the country. She reached the semi-finals of the national Funny Women 2010 competition to find the UK’s funniest new female stand-up. Shaista’s humour is based on her experiences of growing up as British Pakistani Muslim, being in a mixed-race marriage and her travels all over the world from Gaza to Tajikistan and Iraq. Her sharp observational wit means she stands out from the crow.

Coco Malone
– is a jazz, blues and soul songbird who regularly performs across the UK and Europe. She is described as having “a vocal range that knows no limits, hailing influence from our godmothers, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone”. Coco has recently signed to Raw Soul Records and has just finished her first Neo Soul EP due for release in March 2010.

The Rockabelles
– perform a beautiful melee of Rockabilly style and poptastic tunes. With cheeky songstress Eva Fox and exotic sounding but proper Preston Zeynep on keys, these divas will knock your socks off and grab your attention in the most delightful way possible!

Tickets are just £10 and are available from the Continental (ring 01772 499 425 for reservations) and from Preston Tourist Information Office, Guild Hall Arcade, Preston


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