country because of his unique, refreshing, and at times ‘classical’ approach to playing. He is the resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London and at Halsway Manor in Somerset, the Centre for English Traditional Arts.
Paul also has a keen interest and knowledge of 17th & 18th century music which has resulted in appearances at festivals in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Paul’s love of fusion music originates from his days in the renowned Celtic jazzers, Hoover the Dog. Pagoda is the next exciting chapter in his musical journey providing a vehicle for his own compositions with more than a helping hand from the wonderful jazz clarinettist, Karen Wimhurst.
Paul Hutchinson is a member of the much-loved duo Belshazzar’s Feast. 20 years of touring in the UK, appearances on television and radio gained them many plaudits including a nomination for Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards in 2010. Paul is regarded as one of the top accordionists in the
Karen Wimhurst is an accomplished performer, composer and educator having worked with organisations such as WNO, ENO, Electric Voice Theatre, the Voice Project, Distil, Activate Arts and Sound Storm. As a theatre composer she has received a number of fringe firsts and the
Herald Angels Award, with her most recent show ‘Get Up and Tie Your Fingers’ touring the East Coast in 2014. Her chamber opera ‘Miriam (a collaboration with Plymouth University, entomologist Dr Peter Smithers and Electric Voice Theatre) is touring 2015, starting at the Edinburgh Science Festival. Her new multi media arts project with Bournemouth Arts Festival and AUB ‘Freedom, Bread and Peace’ is currently in production for the 2015 festival.
Karen’s passion for the environment and conservation emerge strongly in her work with the climate change circus show “A Tipping Point”. As a resident composer with the environmental company Common Ground she currently tours her quartet “Fruit of Paradise” (a celebration of Apple Day in association with EDFSS and the National Trust) and ‘The Pippin Project’ with artist Scott Farlow.
As a clarinet player Karen has a passion for fusion music which first came to fruition in Scotland with her eight piece band The Cauld Blast Orchestra (twice winner of the Scottish Jazz Awards). She performs with the free jazz outfit Zaum ("... the most exciting group operating in Europe today.” The Penguin Guide To Jazz) and Misbehavin’ who are touring their new set ‘Time Piece’. Most recently Karen is collaborating on a new folk crossover adventure Pagoda Project with re-known accordionist Paul Hutchinson.