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Belshazzar’s Feast

Belshazzar’s Feast is a duo like no other. The Independent on Sunday called them “one of folk’s great odd couples” while the Guardian acknowledged “their sense of humour as well as their impressive musicianship.”

Making their second appearance at the Costa del Folk, 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.

Together for over 10 years, Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour has stunned audiences around Europe and the States and earned them a coveted best-duo nomination in the BBC Folk Awards.

Paul Sartin was also a member until recently of the multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead and still retains his role as a member of Faustus.

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.  He is the resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House and is a seasoned tutor at Folkworks and Halsway Manor and leads ensemble workshops far and wide.

‘Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you’ve 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.’
Mike Harding Show online, reviewing Sidmouth Festival

 ‘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

 ‘One of folks great odd couples – The Feast’
The Independent On Sunday