“Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you’ve ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.” Mike Harding
Belshazzar’s Feast are one of the best known and best loved duos on the UK folk scene, and their (in)famous Christmas tours have become an essential part of the folk calendar. In this Folkestra Week the Pauls Hutchinson and Sartin combine their love of seasonal festivities with their staggering abilities as workshop leaders, composers and arrangers. For player of all levels of experience, and of all instruments (come on, the boys like a challenge…), you’ll spend an enjoyable few days rehearsing Christmas tunes in the cosy comfort of Halsway, before joining Belshazzar’s feast in concert, on the first night of their Christmas tour!
Who’s it For?
For player of all levels of experience, and of all instruments (come on, the boys like a challenge…), you’ll spend an enjoyable few days rehearsing Christmas tunes in the cosy comfort of Halsway, before joining Belshazzar’s feast in concert, on the first night of their Christmas tour!
Belshazzar’s Feast are Paul Sartin on vocals, oboe and violin (also of Bellowhead, Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson on accordion (also of Hoover The Dog, Playford Liberation Front, Pagoda)
‘known for their sense of humour as well their impressive musicianship’ The Guardian
Paul Sartin is a member of the multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead and of Faustus. Consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, he is an Artist in Residence with Bellowhead at the Southbank Centre, an editor of music publications, music consultant for The Last Post project, and a BASCA-nominated composer whose commissions include works for the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, and Streetwise Opera.
Paul Hutchinson is regarded as one of the top accordionists in the country due to his unique and refreshing approach to playing. He is the Resident Accordion Tutor at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and at Halsway Manor in Somerset, the Centre for English Traditional Arts. His keen interest in and knowledge of 17th & 18th century music has resulted in appearances at festivals in the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. Fusion music has always appealed to him since his days in noted Celtic jazzers, Hoover the Dog – now the duo Pagoda provides a vehicle for his own compositions with more than a helping hand from jazz clarinettist, Karen Wimhurst.Book now