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Heath Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 2BY

Belshazzar's Feast

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

£12–£14

Megson

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the

Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly

unique brand of folk music.

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies

and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising *Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano *

Accordion) *and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo*) Megson have gained fame on

the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for

their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you

don’t like the music here then you have a problem’ .

Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album

GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. “One of the most

original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed.”

said The Guardian. “Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make

Woody Guthrie proud” said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend

Mike Harding described it as “One of the top albums of 2016.”.

“Their rich acoustic mix of miners, lovers, charlatans and whimsy is about as

traditional as folk gets, but never sounds old or dulled.” said Q Magazine’s Andy

Fyfe, while Colin Irwin wrote in MOJO “In A Box brackets Stu and Debbie Hanna

among the upper echelon of Brit folk songwriters.” .

And during all this time, Stu even managed to be involved with other artists

producing award winning album for *SHOW OF HANDS, LUCY WARD, *

FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, & THE YOUNG’UNS.

Sat 4 Feb

£10–£12

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