Folk Club Preview December

November 24 2016

Folk Club Preview December

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Next at Downend Folk Club:

Belshazzar’s Feast 

(with support from The Ninetree Stumblers)

Friday 16th December 2016

Christ Church Downend


It will be festive japes and tunes a-plenty at Downend Folk Club’s December event as Belshazzar’s Feast’s annual Christmas tour rolls into town!

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.

As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul Sartin is a former member of the sadly-missed BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Winners and Nominees Bellowhead and Faustus. He edits publications of music manuscripts, delivers workshops, and is Consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers. Having gained an Honours Degree and Choral Scholarship at Oxford, he gained a First for his Masters in Traditional Music, and in 2007 recieved a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. His recent composition, ‘The Hartlepool Monkey’, for Streetwise Opera, was nominated for a BASCA award.

Paul Hutchinson is well known from 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 an experienced workshop leader tutoring at Cecil Sharp House on a regular basis, Hands On weekends, Folkworks Summer Schools and Halsway Manor. His favourite colour is no longer pink.

Belshazzar’s Feast’s Christmas tour has become a regular fixture on the UK folk scene, and Downend Folk Club’s vice-chairman Alan Cole is thrilled that it’s coming to the club. “When you’re looking for a Christmas show, this is as good as they come,’ Alan told Downend Voice. “They come with a reputation as one of the most entertaining and humorous acts on the British folk scene, but that shouldn’t detract from the undeniable fact that these are two of the best musicians around at the moment. It promises to be an unforgettable night!”

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be local old-time string band The Ninetree Stumblers… well, two-thirds of them anyway!

Born a hundred years late and 4000 miles too far East, The Ninetree Stumblers dredge up nuggets of the Old Weird America from the crackly grooves of 78RPM shellac. Three multi-instrumentalists from right here in Bristol (although shorn of Ruth Gordon for this gig... Liam Kirby and Dan Weltman will manage just fine on their own!), the band trade guitars, banjos, fiddles and more, clambering from song to song through shows that set Moonshine-fuelled hoedowns against sombre Baptist hymns, cockeyed ragtime and sweetheart waltzes.

The concert will be held on Friday 16th December at Christ Church Downend. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start, and there will be a full bar, serving Hambrook-based Great Western Brewing Co. real ales, Severn Cider, a selection of wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/tankard/mug as part of the club’s drive to cut down on waste. There will also be a raffle featuring some great prizes including CDs, beer and more.

Tickets are available from Melanie’s Kitchen in Downend, Bristol Ticket Shop and online from They are priced at £14 each, but if you buy before Friday 9th December they’ll cost you just £12 as part of the ‘Early Bird’ scheme. Members tickets are a bargain £10 each and are available direct from Ant Miles or from the Members Only area of the club’s website.

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