BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010 – Nominees for the Best Duo Award
‘Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you have ever heard. Their music is breath-taking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music. But don’t let me give you the impression they’re a lightweight comedy act: they finish the set with a haunting piece of oboe and accordion magic which has the audience spellbound’ BBC Radio 2 Mike Harding Show reviewing Sidmouth Festival
‘One of folks great odd couples – The Feast’ Independent on Sunday
‘Duo known for their sense of humour as well as their impressive musicianship’ Guardian
In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin & vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour stunned audiences around Europe and the States.
Paul Sartin is a member of the multi-BBC 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead and of Faustus. Consultant & Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, he is an Artist in Residence with Bellowhead at the Southbank Centre, an editor of music publications, and a BASCA-nominated composer whose commissions include works for the Central School of Speech & Drama, the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford and Streetwise Opera.
Paul Hutchinson is the founder member of the innovative and progressive folk band, the Playford Liberation Front. His highly successful folk trio Hoover the Dog has recently morphed into the quartet Pagoda. Paul’s own compositions were published 2012 (Food for Thought) and a second volume is in the pipeline. He is the resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House and is seasoned tutor at Folkworks and Halsway Manor and leads ensemble workshops far and wide.
Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, then top it off with wry humour for a unique live experience. Belshazzar’s Feast received a coveted nomination for the Best Duo Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards.
Released 2012 A Christmas-themed album titled ‘Stocking Fillers’ (Unearthed Records)
Released 2014 ‘Live!: The Whitings on the Wall’ (Unearthed Records)