BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010 – Nominees for the Best Duo Award
In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour stunned audiences around Europe and the States. After a brief sabbatical, they’re back! If you like Mozart, Beethoven, Elvis Presley and The Spinners avoid them – you have been warned!
Paul Sartin is a member of BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead and English music trio Faustus. He combines his busy performing career with teaching and outreach work, at St Edward’s School in Oxford and for community organisations, most notably Live Music Now and SuperAct. He dabbles in academia, recently assisting on a number of publications of old tune manuscripts, and regularly deputises with the Choir of Winchester Cathedral, where he gets to wear a dress to work.
Paul Hutchinson is a member of the innovative and progressive folk trio, Hoover the Dog as well as Okavango – the collaboration between Hoover the Dog and Fluxus (Belgium). Paul is also a seasoned accordion tutor for Folkworks, Hands On, British Council (in Czech Republic and Belgium), Birmingham Conservatoire and University of Limerick. His favourite colour is pink.
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 wry humour for a unique live experience. In November 2009 they released ‘Frost Bites’, the follow up to the successful ‘Food Of Love’. ‘Frost Bites is a collection of winter and Christmas material and its release was followed by a national tour. Belshazzar’s Feast received a coveted nomination for the Best Duo Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards.
A new album of non-seasonal material titled ‘Find The Lady’ and produced by Jim Moray was released on their new label One Little Indian in September 2010.
‘My personal find of the festival – 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. 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 online, reviewing Sidmouth Festival