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.
Fri 9 Dec
After serving his time and working as a fully qualified electrician for many years, the curiosity of researching, playing and performing Irish traditional music and song eventually got the better of Daoirí, and so he went on to study music performance under the watchful eye of the lecturers of the BCFE Irish Traditional MusicPerformance Diploma course in Ballyfermot, Dublin. Daoirí continued onwards to complete a Degree course in Applied Music at DkIT, Dundalk, Co. Louth and followed that by completing the Irish Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.
During, and indeed after his time studying, Daoirí has found himself all over the world playing for audiences in places such as Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, America, Canada and India, with artists such as John Carty, Donal Lunny, Karen Tweed, Sean Keane, Alan Doherty and many, many more.
He recorded his first solo album named “The First Turn” in 2009. An album of songs which he recorded with Alan Doherty, James Ryan and Robbie Walsh. This put Daoirí on the map within the traditional and folk singing world.
As a member of the Monkstown Comhaltas branch, Daoirí won the English Singing over 18s at the All Ireland Fleadh, held in Co. Derry in 2013, making him, together with Frank Harte, the only Dublin competitors to have won this competition in years.
Sat 19 Nov
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