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Belshazzar’s Feast

© Sarah J Dow

On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together stun audiences as Belshazzar’s Feast across the UK, USA and Australia with their Two Wise Men Tour with an eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

Paul Sartin was a member of the multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead, and is currently in trio Faustus. Consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, he is author of ‘Community Choirs Collection – Folk’ published by Faber Music; Musical Director of ‘The Transports’ and a BASCA-nominated composer whose commissions include works for the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, Streetwise Opera, Aldeburgh Music, and the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Playing the Skyline’.

Paul Hutchinson’s love of fusion music originates from his days in the renowned Celtic jazzers, Hoover the Dog. The Pagoda Project with jazz clarinetist, Karen Wimhurst, is the next exciting chapter in his musical journey providing a vehicle for his own compositions. Their debut album received a 5 Star review in the March edition of Songlines and glowing tributes from amongst others, FRoots. Paul is resident tutor at Cecil Sharp House, Halsway Manor, Benslow Music Centre and Marlborough College. He has a keen interest in and knowledge of 17th and 18th Century dance music which has resulted in tours to Europe, Australia and America. He is currently working on a book of 18th century tunes to be published next May.

Belshazzar’s Feast received a coveted nomination for the Best Duo Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards and are regulars at folk festivals across the summer, with touring including their maiden voyage to Australia in 2018, and their popular annual Christmas tour of seasonal songs and tunes.  They have released a series of critically acclaimed albums across their long career, the latest being The Whiting’s On The Wall (2014/Unearthed), a live album recorded over the course of two concerts at The Pound in Corsham. Recent broadcasts include appearances on the Claire Balding Show (BBC Radio 2), In Tune (BBC Radio 3), and the Chris Evans Show (BBC Radio 2).

‘Amidst the jesting and hilarity, they sit as fine an example of traditional English folk music as you’re likely to hear.’ – Mike Ainscoe, Bright Young Folk

December 2018 Tour:

Sat 1st – Harberton Folk at Harberton Parish Hall, nr. Totnes
Mon 3rd – King’s Place, Kings Cross, London
Weds 5th – Otley Folk Club
Thu 6th – The Atkinson, Southport

Tue 11th – The Guildhall, Leicester
Wed 12th – All Saints Church, Ecclesall, Sheffield
Thu 13th – The Oval Tavern, Croydon
Fri 14th – Grayshott Folk Club, Grayshott, nr. Hindhead
Sat 15th – The David Hall, South Petherton
Mon 17th – Nettlebed Village Club, nr Henley-on-Thames
Tue 18th – Whitchurch Folk Club @ Parish Hall, Whitchurch
Wed 19th – Llantrisant Folk Club
Thu 20th – Number 8, Pershore
Fri 21st – Burton Folk Club
Sat 22nd – Keevil Village Hall, Wilts.

For more information visit www.belshazzarsfeast.com.