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Belshazzar’s Feast

Belshazzar’s Feast
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, plus in Australia, The Seychelles, Belgium and the USA, with their eclectic and eccentric performances that send a fulfilled and chuckling audience home.

Live audiences at the duo’s sell-out shows in May and December 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 a series of critically acclaimed albums across their long career, the latest being ‘The Whiting’s On The Wall’ (2014). There are plans for a forthcoming album  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).


“They can do things with a squeeze-box and an oboe that can break your heart.”(Independent on Sunday)

“There is simply no way that two men in faded denim jeans should be this entertaining!”
(Downend Folk Club)

“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)

“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)

“One of the most intimate and entertaining live albums I’ve heard”. (Songlines)

“Their intricately arranged instrumentals are a roomful of strangers introducing themselves at a party and getting along fine. You don’t know what’s coming up next and you enjoy the danger… lords of misrule”. (Living Tradition)


As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger, Paul Sartin performs and records extensively with trio Faustus, previously with multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead, and with Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings. Paul is consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers and the author of ‘Community Choirs Collection – Folk’ published by Faber Music. During 2017 and 2018 he appeared in, as well as directing the music for a new production of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera, The Transports (Guardian *****). Paul is 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’. See

Paul Hutchinson is a member of The Pagoda Project with jazz clarinetist, Karen Wimhurst, and a new musical quartet, The Maniacs. He is well known for his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. He is a superlative accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins & concertinas. 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 has recently published a book of 18th century tunes.


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For all media enquiries please contact James H Soars Media Services, email  Telephone 01536 720245 / 07758 781032.

For all other enquiries and to discuss booking Belshazzar’s Feast please contact Claire Patterson at Good Honest Music, email


2 May | Todmorden Folk Festival

3 May | Bristol Folk Festival

5 May | Dartford Folk Club

7 May | The Place, Bedford

9 May | Sage, Gateshead

10 May | Greystones, Sheffield

14 May | Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury

15 May | Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

16 May | Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

20 May | Cambridge Junction

23 May | Waterside, Sale

24 May | Chippenham Folk Festival

25 May | Fishguard Folk Festival

28 May | The Barn, Baston Nr Peterborough

30 May | Victoria Hall, Settle

13 June | Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford


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