Described as “One of folks great odd couples” by The Feast, Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin are sharing their 20th anniversary as a duo, playing a date in Liskeard.
Sharing a musical passion for traditional English folk music which they say is born out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. This is typical of the on-stage wry humour which has won over audiences across Europe and the States.
Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off some unforgettable banter for a unique live experience. Belshazzar’s Feast received a coveted nomination for the Best Duo Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards. December 2015 sees them once again hit the road throughout with an unforgettable show of seasonal material, audience involvement, musicianship and laughter.
As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul Sartin performs and records extensively with Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus, and five-times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Live Act Bellowhead, whose songbook he edited for Faber Music. Amongst his compositions – The Hartlepool Monkey for Streetwise Opera, was nominated for a BASCA – he edits publications of music manuscripts, delivers workshops, and is consultant and director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers. Having gained an honours degree and choral scholarship at Oxford, Paul gained a first for his masters in traditional music, and in 2007 received a 75th anniversary award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Paul Hutchinson is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed, The Playford Liberation Front and more recently with Pagoda Project who have just released their debut album, Clarion. He is a superlative accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins and concertinas. Paul is an experienced workshop leader tutoring at Cecil Sharp House on a regular basis, Hands On weekends, Folkworks Summer Schools and Halsway Manor.