Cumbria, My Lord

May 31st, 2019 / Posted in General News

And so to the last full weekend of our (Theresa) May Tour. Three days in Cumbria, where we expect the climate to be comparable to our first location, Ibiza. Over the last few weeks we have taken in the delights of Devon (proper job), Yorkshire (grand), Wales (tidy) and Essex (laahvely).

A few opportunities to catch us over the summer. First, home territory with a school fundraising ceilidh in Whitchurch (Hampshire!); then festival appearances at Sidmouth and Whitby, followed by a well-deserved break (from each other) before the usual end of year madness.

But for now, toodle pip from the tropics of Whitehaven.


Wise Men Say

December 5th, 2018 / Posted in General News

And a warm wintery welcome to our Two Wise Men Tour, as we wander from Wessex, via the Great Wen, to the wolds of West Yorkshire and the wetlands of Norfolk. So busy have we been making lists and checking them twice that we are already two gigs into the tour, and have only just found time to put pen to paper to tell you about our seasonal sojourn via the motorways, major trunk roads and tolls of England and Wales and Norfolk. We’d like to follow the star but it’s so wet and cloudy that we can’t – hence our only inspiration being gleaned from the huge vistas and vast expanses of the M1, as we cross the plains of Northamptonshire, where the shepherds are in the fields abiding.

Only 17 more shows left, some of which have sold out, so come all ye faithful to our gigs please, and help to make our season bright, our noses red, and our pockets full.

Evans Above!

April 16th, 2018 / Posted in General News

For those of you who don’t know, 23rd April is St George’s Day – he’s the patron saint of, amongst other countries, England. To celebrate this joyous national occasion, we will be appearing on none other than the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2!!! Tune in from 6am onwards (we’ll be there from 5.30am) to hear us herald in the morn with some of your all-time favourite traditional English tunes (as most of you are no doubt sober, hard-working early risers this shouldn’t be an issue), when we’ll be joined by our friends and special guests Benji Kirkpatrick and Alex Merry (of Boss Morris). Listen online here:

And this hot on the heels of our interviews and performances on Australian national tv and radio (did we mention we’ve just been gigging at the National Folk Festival in Canberra?). Here’s some proof:

Yet despite the heat, there were some foolhardy enough to prove that royalty and rabbits are not the only dodgy Australian imports:

And talking of wildlife, we did get the opportunity to see some kangaroos, and some magnificent if noisesome birds. This is a kookaburra, so well-disguised that you can’t see it:

Let’s hope you’ll all be flocking to see us on our May tour, egging us on as we fly around the country, winging it [Enough cheep bird analogies, Ed.]





Wholly Infantile

November 21st, 2017 / Posted in General News

‘Tis the season to be jolly… unless you’re trying to get tickets for our gigs in Barton, Shrewsbury, Leicester, Dungworth, Bretforton (both shows) or Whitchurch, which have all SOLD OUT.
The glad tidings are that we’ve added an extra date at the new Stafford Folk Club, as well as a number of radio appearances. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information.
Hope to see you on our 9th annual Christmas tour, if there’s room at the inn.
Ding dong merrily,
P & P




159 days – only

July 18th, 2017 / Posted in General News

Here’s something to cool you down in the heatwave. It’s a jolly long way off but are pleased to announce our Christmas 2017 tour. One gig – at the Royal Traditions, Dungworth – sold out months ago, so lest you want to miss out, and bearing in mind the limited and continually decreasing number of shopping days, you’d better get spending. Forget that long-awaited summer holiday. Who needs it when they could be revelling in our seasonal stupidity in only 4 months’ time?

A few firsts on this tour – maiden voyages to Henry Tudor House in Shrewsbury, The Atkinson Southport, and Tuppeny Barn in West Sussex.  A chance to work with schoolchildren at Stanley Halls in Croydon. And also in the same parish, two consecutive nights at the wonderful Oval Tavern.

But for now, time to top up our tans, which at this rate will still be glowing brightly come Yuletide.

Toodle pip!



Spring Onions

March 16th, 2017 / Posted in General News

As the weather heats up, so do we.  In fact we’re getting rather steamed up at the thought of our first trip to Costa del Folk, a festival to be held in a hotel by a swimming pool in Ibiza. Of course, as we get into shape in preparation, our paramount concern is to ensure that no tan lines are showing. We should be nicely browned in readiness for our UK Spring tour, this year taking in our home festival at Chippenham, welcome returns to Chester and Upton Folk Festivals, our first visit to Lincoln LPAC, and a joint gig with the Andover Museum Loft Singers and the Foxglove Trio at Andover’s The Lights.

Looking further ahead, we’re delighted to have been invited back to Cambridge Folk Festival in July, and Swanage Folk Festival in September.  Although in order to maintain our stunning looks, and bearing in mind typical English summer weather, we may have to resort to spray-on tans. See you by the pool. P&P

Paul is calm, Paul is bright

December 10th, 2016 / Posted in General News

Today is just over midway through our Christmas tour of duty, so we thought it high time we touched base with you, our loyal fan (s).

It’s also high time we dispelled any sordid rumours and false insinuations about our lifestyles. Far from being penniless, down-at-heel itinerants, we, thanks to stadium-sized audiences (low numbers,but huge people) and soaring CD sales  are simply basking in the lap of luxury. Living it up? You bet.

Therefore, at this season of goodwill we feel beholden to share with you a pictorial record of our sojourns of splendour and self-indulgence. Feast your eyes on these!!

  1. Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to stay in any nunber of Travelodges, many of which have been upgraded. We’re of the opinion that, at long last, they are value for money. Here’s the Chesterfield lodge:fullsizerender


2.  If you thought that was good, see the inside of the Cambridge Travelodge. Not bad for a second-rate university town!


3. Of course, such fame and glory comes with a downsde or two. Not least being mobbed by fans. Our maiden voyage to the Isle of Man was bound to draw out the crowds – thank goodness security was on hand to protect us.

4. Lest it go to our heads, we should remind ourselves how fortunate we are to be in such an exalted position. Being supported by lowly and often struggling artists only serves to highlight our privileged, and highly deserved status. Here’s the support act in Towcester.


5. Red carpet treatment? Pah. Here’s the superior golden version, laid for us over Clifton Bridge on the way from BBC Bristol to Halsway Manor.


6. When it all gets too much, an oasis of respite can be found in the form of a Travelodge garden. Here’s one near Colchester, designed we believe by Capability Brown.



7. And so to tonight’s opulent boudoir. A bed of roses swathed in the perfumed mist at Mongomery Castle.



Goodnight readers!!!


Deck the Pauls

November 22nd, 2016 / Posted in General News

Already sick of shameless seasonal advertising? Bored of blatant Christmas cashing-in? Have the flagrantly early high street plugs got your Yuletide goose? Never fear….
Belshazzar’s Feast is delighted to announce its customary Christmas Tour – your opportunity to drive away all melancholy, as Paul and Paul don their gay apparel and treat you to an offering of festive frivolity, midwinter mischief, audience participation/humiliation . . . and some music. Go tell it on the mountain!
A word of warning to the wise…some venues have nearly sold out (unlike us). So pull up your stockings and get booking now, for an evening you certainly won’t forget!

Gardening Leave

June 7th, 2016 / Posted in General News

We’re back safe and sound, following a pretty intensive May Tour which took in two weeks in the Cumbrian hills, Shepley Folk Festival, and a ripped tyre. A quieter time ahead for Belshazzar’s, with  Priddy and Derby Folk Festivals some way off on the horizon – though we’re both up to our eyes in other projects. And gardening. Time to pot on…

Summer Snippets

August 12th, 2015 / Posted in General News

Greetings from the seaside. fro the last 2 weeks we’ve been soaking up the positive ions in Sidmouth and Broadstairs, at their respective Folk Weeks.

After an opening night guest slot with the Andover Museum Loft Singers, we spent most if Sidmouth working in social/historical dances. We were given carte blanche to assemble a band around us, under the moniker ‘Sartin and Hutch and their Impossible Combinations’. Here’s one of those Combinations, featuring a jovial Hutch:

Impossible Combinations

Then on to Broadstairs, where after yesterday’s early morning (10.30am) Meet the Band session we headlined a lovely afternoon concert on the main stage. Since then, we’ve been playing for dances. Due to this morning’s early start we forewent breakfast – Hutch was so hungry he resorted to self-cannibalisation:

Hutch Broadstairs 2015

Tonight we bid farewell to the town, and head back west. Shame, as things were just starting to look interesting…..

Broadstairs 2015


Fun Boy Two

May 17th, 2015 / Posted in General News

As the strains of ‘Barwick Green’ herald the close of the Archers Omnibus, we turn our thoughts to the fun we have on tour, and the fulfilment and pleasure gained from our itenerant and varied lifestyles.

Back to Desert Island Discs…


Yule Blog

December 11th, 2014 / Posted in General News

We ought to be ashamed of ourselves – it’s a very long time ago since we last blogged. How very remiss. But what with our intensive exercise regimes and regular visits to the hairdresser we simply haven’t had the time. Until now, a day off during our Stocking Fillers 2014 Tour. And what better way to spend a day off?

So far, we’re 6 gigs in, and thanks to full houses and a new credit card reader our bank manager is delighted with us. Our next blog will be winging its way to you from Lucerne. Or Luton.

Our new surge in popularity must be due in no small part to our growing presence on local radio. The first port of call was in Chelmsford, at BBC Essex with Tony Fisher, who’s hiding under the table.

Radio Essex


Next, Croydon Radio in, um, Croydon, where, before the broadcast we managed to get some lovely cake and a parking ticket at Matthew’s Yard. Here we are with presenter Andrew Chatterton.

Radio Croydon

Yesterday, due to the miracle of time travel, we managed both BBCs Lincolnshire and Stoke, the former with the lovely Nicola Gilroy, the latter with the not-so-lovely James Watt.

Radio Stoke

Still to come, BBCs Solent and Oxford. How exciting.

In other news, we’ve been brought some lovely presents on this tour (hint hint) – shortbread, mince pies, sloe gin, cherry vodka, and slippers! We’re awaiting a delivery of aubergine chutney, but still on the wish list are pre-shave and pro-perspirant (e.g. UnSure) for PH, and Prozac for PS.

And so, back to our day off. A luxury hotel awaits, and we’ve just been reliably informed that both of our rooms are identical. Bikinis on and a quick dip in the pool followed by a sauna? Or collapse fully-dressed on the bed?



Happy Birthday To Us

June 2nd, 2014 / Posted in General News

Well, that was one heck of a tour! Lots of full houses, CD sales galore, and more veggie chilli than you could shake a stick at. Thanks to all of the venues, organisers and hosts who helped to make it such a success, and also to the late night service station purveyors of egg mayonnaise sandwiches. A great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary, but it’s not over yet as we have a few club and festival appearances over the summer, and our customary Christmas tour to look forward to.

Our Facebook followers will have been no doubt both delighted and educated by our regular photographic tour updates, mainly focusing on picturesque views of backstage.  Fear not – we have a handful of goodies left over with which to convey the joys of life on the road.

Here’s one from the early days of the tour, in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Our green room doubled as a music classroom (the irony) – it was suggested that these pieces of equipment might in turn double as ear protectors for our audience.

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Here’s the green room at Cambridge Folk Club – well, what else could you except from the ‘other place’?

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It’s always a pleasure to bump into old friends when travelling around the country. Here’s our pal Hector Gilchrist warming up for a spot at the Ram Folk Club (you owe us each a drink , Hector).

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Back to our ecclesiastical roots for the last night, in the vestry of St Mary’s Church, Throwleigh, Devon. We resisted the urge to raid the wardrobe and perform in fancy dress, literally.  Note the bell-pull, and bottle in a basket.

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And so the spring tour ended on a high note (‘O Sole Mio’ in fact) in the most beautiful of settings. Cheers one and all, and many happy returns to us.

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The Whiting’s on the Wall

May 21st, 2014 / Posted in Reviews

The album showcases their blend of serious musicianship and dedicated subversion.  Their intricately arranged instrumentals are a roomful of strangers introducing themselves at a party and getting along fine. You don’t know what’s coming up next and you enjoy the danger… lords of misrule.
Living Tradition, March 2014

They can do things with a squeeze-box and an oboe that can break your heart.
Independent on Sunday, April 2014

Amidst the jesting and hilarity, they sit as fine an example of traditional English folk music as you’re likely to hear.
Bright Young Folk, April 2014

Harmonious live hilarity and  serious musicianship, communicated with enthusiasm and wicked intelligence.
Froots, May 2014

Long may Messrs Sartin and Hutchinson continue to find a few weeks each year to get together to entertain and, in a understated way, educate us all.
Maverick, May/June 2014

One of the most intimate and entertaining live albums I’ve heard.
Songlines, June 2014







Hutch Gets Steamed Up in Cumberland (and not a Sausage in Sight)

May 21st, 2014 / Posted in General News

Confession time. We lied. We didn’t have veggie chilli in Shropshire, we had a mound of home-made hoummous with lentil bake, washed down with local ale. How remiss of us to mislead you. PH finished the night off at the home of our old friend Di Whitehead, whereas PS got well and truly finished off by Benji Kirkpatrick and his wine and cheese selection. Thence to Mansfield where, as predicted, we had a return visit to a curry house, the fare of which returned to haunt us all the way home that night.
After a couple of days back home (during which PS took a group of teenagers to Pizza Hut’s happy hour deal, but only because it was a mere £6.00 per head), it was up to the wilds of Cumbria, and two nights on the shores of Lake Bassenthwaite, where PH thinks he might have spotted an osprey. As if the beautiful surroundings weren’t enough, our first venue provided us with veggie chilli, and our B&B featured an all-night honesty bar which may have accounted for PH’s osprey sighting. During our northern foray, in between visits to some of the ubiquitous tea shops, and dinner in a pub at the end of Hadrian’s Wall in Bowness-on-Solway, we stopped off in Ravenglass, a former Roman settlement with a ruined bath house, and a steam railway (probably not Roman). These got Hutch well and truly excited – here are the baths:Green Room 12
And here is the train:

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Happy memories to mull over during the 5-hour drive to London that night, to the accompaniment of cheese thins and Baby Bels. Oh, the glamour.

Salop Days

May 11th, 2014 / Posted in General News

Exactly a year ago to the day, we found ourselves on a Sunday tea shop tour of Bishop’s Castle (see the-final-digest-or-the-last-post) taking in the Yarborough House and Poppy House establishments in a valiant attempt to stave off the boredom and ennui of a Shropshire sabbath while between concerts. Guess what? 365 days later we find ourselves doing exactly the same thing. And with the amount of food we’re being forced to ingest it won’t just be a case of history repeating itself. All this on top of a gargantuan cooked breakfast courtesey of the kindly Dilys and Cliff, whose Whitchurch B&B is graced with many a personal touch. Here’s a picture of the hallway:


As we’ve been commuting from home for the majority of gigs on this tour (not a single Travelodge this time round, which must be a first, praise be) we’ve had less opportunity than usual to dine out, although it seems that today we are making up for it. We’ve managed couple of decent pub meals, at The Lamb in Eastbourne and The Black Bear in Whitchurch, but surely the highlight must be Tutu’s Ethiopian Table at The Global Cafe in Reading, an amazing buffet of lentil and other vegetable dishes and spiced beef, served on traditional injera pancakes, and washed down with delicious Ethiopian beer. Going to work afterwards at South Street Arts was quite a struggle; that we were seated for the concert was a blessing all round.

Tonight we have a veggie chilli, as stipulated by our contract, to look forward to (as does the audience). Tomorrow, a return visit to a curry house in Mansfield. Thence home for rest, recuperation, and a crash diet.



The Final Countdown

April 29th, 2014 / Posted in News

It’s less than a week to go before we embark on our 20th Birthday Tour, and so we’re at action stations here, organising posters and flyers, social media, travel and accommodation arrangements, oh, and learning music. Or rather, trying to remember 20 years’ worth of material. To ease ourselves into the tour we thought we’d start off with an easy, relaxed gig – so on Friday we’re appearing live on Radio 3’s InTune (  – the rest of the tour will be downhill.

A couple of weekends ago we were honoured to take part in Sarah Morgan’s Memorial Concert, along with a whole array of performers from the folk world, and many of Sarah’s friends and colleagues from Hampshire and further afield. Sarah was an early supporter of Belshazzar’s, and her encouragement eventually led to her becoming our  first agent – she has a lot to answer for!

We’re looking forward to seeing many of our old friends and revisiting old haunts over the next month. Oxford Folk Club and Chippenham Folk Festival gave us some of our first bookings, so it will be interesting to go back and see if we’ve got any better. We’ll be hawking copies of ‘The Whitings on the Wall’, our new album, which is receiving lovely reviews – here’s one example from the Independent on Sunday: ‘Genuinely funny… a bit of alright’ .‘A bit of alright’?! Rather forward, don’t you think?

Come and judge for yourselves, and help us to celebrate our birthday in style (i.e. buy us drinks/copies of our new album).

Seasonal Snippets

November 28th, 2013 / Posted in General News

We’ve been beavering away furiously for the last two days, on two significant projects that we thought you’d like to know about. Even if you don’t, here they are.
The first is our annual Christmas tour, this time starting in November so as to keep up with the retail industry. From Hull to Surrey, Somerset to Kent, we’ll be offering up our seasonal fare of fun and frolics. Already two concerts have sold out, so best get your skates on (geddit?).
The other is our forthcoming 20th anniversary album, which is its final stages of editing. With artwork by Simon Drew,  we can now reveal that it will be called ‘The Whiting’s on the Wall’, and that it will be released in the spring.
Best keep this brief, as we have to go off and do our pre-tour workouts (Jane Fonda’s, to be precise) – no rest for the wicked.

P & P

November Newsflash

November 3rd, 2013 / Posted in General News

Autumnal greetings. It may be all doom, gloom and high winds (business as usual at Camp Belshazzar) but here are a few serendipidous sparklers to illuminate the long, lonely nights; some kindling to spark the flame of your melliflous bonfire of musical beneficence; some Roman candles to stick up your etc etc.

Contrary to appearances, it’s nearly our twentieth year of working together, and to celebrate/commiserate we’ve recorded two nights’ worth of concerts at The Pound, Corsham (, a lovely and welcoming venue (until we arrived). As we speak the tracks are being edited and made fit for human consumption by Andy Bell, and are due for an early spring release – so you have plenty of time in which to brace yourselves.

Having had the great Peter Bailey ( design our last album cover  we are now honoured to have pestered the one and only Simon Drew ( into creating our new cover. Simon is renowned for his wry and witty illustrated puns, and no self-respecting kitchen is complete without one of his mugs or teatowels. Watch this space for more news on the picture, album launch celebrations, and, um, retailing opportunities.

We’ve also put up the dates for our annual Christmas tour. We’re looking forward to visiting venues old and new, and to not getting snowed in.

In the meantime, having just finished a stint with Faustus, Paul S will be touring with Bellowhead and editing their forthcoming songbook. Paul H has been busy with Karen Tweed; and will be visiting his hairdresser with regularity, as Jude has made a right mess of his luscious locks.

Paul & Paul



Live album and tour dates!

September 1st, 2013 / Posted in Album News, General News

Having had a long and refreshing break (from each other) we are now in the throes of preparing for our new album – a live recording, to be made at The Pound, Corsham, on 13th and 14th September under the watchful eyes and ears of Andy Bell. It’s a public event, so for tickets go to, email or call 01249 701628 / 712618.

Looking further ahead, we’ve now consolidated and finalised our annual Christmas tour – book now to avoid disappointment!

Paul & Paul.


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