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One of the best-loved duos in folk music, BBC Folk Award nominees 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 with a wry humour that has won them fans across the world. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Pagoda Project) have together wowed audiences with their eclectic mix of songs and virtuosity, and their between-songs chat is guaranteed to send audiences home with smiles on their faces. Combining accordian, oboe, violin and piano Belshazzar’s Feast are an eccentric and wickedly inventive duo with extravagant tastes.
“Few can match this duo in concert for entertainment and great music” The Independent
“breath-taking, the between-tunes interchange is 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, BBC Radio 2
Steeped in bluegrass, the Cardboard Fox fuse dexterous musicianship with energetic lives shows. Formed in Bath, the band features the sibling vocal harmonies of Charlotte & Laura Carrivick (The Carrivick Sisters) on guitar and fiddle. Young mandolin player Joe Tozer is matched by the driving force and vocal harmonies of John Breese on Double Bass. Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox were also the first UK band to gain a highly sought after showcase spot at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2016 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“…an array of carefully crafted textures; often built on rich harmonic foundations… …full of freshness and light.” FATEA Magazine
“Love this terrific new EP from Cardboard Fox. The whole thing is ace!” Mark Kermode
The last 8 months have been a whirlwind for Birmingham-based Katherine Priddy, with long-awaited debut EP ‘Wolf’ championed by the BBC 2 Folk Show, BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson. Priddy’s haunting vocals and distinctive finger picking guitar style are generating a buzz. Last year she walked away from her first performance at Cambridge Folk Festival with the Christian Raphael Award; a development award made to one gifted artist each year. Original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a vulnerable tenderness that still carries a darker edge. Citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, and Imagined Village amongst her influences, her lyrics are particularly noteworthy – a tribute to her life-long love affair with literature and poetry. Despite her delicate sound, Katherine Priddy is a young woman who means business .
“The best thing I’ve heard all year’ Richard Thompson in MOJO