Musicians bring feast of fun

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A musical duo is set to bring a night of fun, song and dance to a village hall next month.

As part of Highlights North Lesbury Village Hall will be hosting Belshazzars Feast on Saturday, May 28.

Known as much for their sense of humour as their impressive musicianship, the duo will be playing an evening of intimate, entertaining and wickedly inventive music on oboe, violin and accordion.

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 with lashings of wry humour – and you have a wonderfully entertaining evening with Belshazzar’s Feast.

Paul Sartin (on oboe and violin and of Bellowhead and English music trio Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (on accordion and of Hoover The Dog) have been together for more than 20 years and have wowed audiences across the UK and USA – from village halls to the BBC proms – with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between-songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

Belshazzar’s Feast were BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominees for the Best Duo Award 2010 and share the same name as is a cantata by the English composer William Walton and a painting by Rembrandt housed in the National Gallery.

The duo are touring to Lesbury with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme and will be playing music from their back catalogue of albums interspersed with stories, anecdotes and their celebrated sense of humour.

BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding said: “Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.”