Wickedly-inventive and beloved folk duo
Acclaimed musicians Paul Sartin (oboe, violin, swanee whistle and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) are notorious for their superlative ability, wit, rapport and depth of experience, creating a concert to remember. Together they have entertained audiences across the UK, Australia and beyond with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and humour that sends audiences home with a smile.
Live audiences can look forward to an inspired collection of songs and tunes; stirred into the mix are classical, pop, music-hall and of course traditional folk music, all laced with the duo’s wry humour.
Belshazzar’s Feast have released nine critically acclaimed albums across their twenty five-year career. Their first winter-themed album, ‘Frost Bites’, earned them a nomination for Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their most recent album, ‘The Whiting’s On The Wall’ is ‘one of the most intimate and entertaining live albums I’ve heard.’ (Songlines)
They are playing:
- Tuesday 1st June, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB9 7EX. Box Office: 01223 578000, Tickets £17 (adv). 2 Socially Distanced Performances: 6.30pm/9pm.
- Sunday 13th June, Folk At The Froize, Outdoor Marquee, 50% Capacity. The Froize Restaurant, Chillesford, Woodbridge, Suffolk. IP12 3PU. Box Office: 01394 450282. Doors: 7pm. Tickets: £13
As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger, Paul Sartin performs and records extensively with Belshazzar’s Feast, the trio Faustus, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, and with multi-award-winning big band Bellowhead.
Paul is consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers and the author of Community Choirs Collection – Folk published by Faber Music. He was a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, then subsequently a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and preferred Bass Deputy in Winchester Cathedral Choir.
A BASCA-nominated composer, Paul’s commissions include works for the RSC, Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, Streetwise Opera, Aldeburgh Music, and the BBC Radio 4 series, Playing the Skyline.
During 2017 and 2018 he appeared in and directed the music for a new production of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera, The Transports (Guardian 5*), and composed the music for a number of Shakespeare productions including Cymbeline, King of Britain in 2019 with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Paul continues to work in education and has gained an MMus with distinction from the University of Newcastle. He is a recipient of a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Paul studied piano and church organ before taking up the accordion because the local Morris side needed a musician. Cecil Sharp House, Halsway Manor and Benslow Music, various Summer Schools (Dartington, Folkworks, Marlborough) and festivals including The Australia National have all employed Paul as a tutor because of his unique style.
Paul’s love of performing and composing fusion music began with Hoover the Dog and surfaced more recently in the duo Pagoda Project with jazz clarinettist Karen Wimhurst. Their debut album Clarion received 5* reviews from Songlines and fRoots.
His latest album, Petrichor, features musician friends from around the world similarly affected by lockdowns. Väsen (Sweden), Naragonia (Belgium), Karen Axelrod and Shira Kammen (USA), Allye Sinclair (Australia), Seona Pritchard, Karen Wimhurst and Sheepstealers (UK) all performed on Petrichor.
Paul has more than a passing interest in English dance music. Following the publication of his book of 18th century dance tunes by Faber Music in 2019, he composed and recorded variations of these tunes with The Maniacs. Reviews of this album likened the sound to both Jethro Tull and Penguin Café Orchestra.