Top accordionist and jazz clarinettist set for church gig

Paul Hutchinson and Karen Wimhurst
Paul Hutchinson and Karen Wimhurst

Pagoda heads for St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Brighton on Friday, February 20, at 8pm (01273 540217).

The folk duo comprises accordionist Paul Hutchinson and clarinet player Karen Wimhurst (The Cauld Blast Orchestra, Zaum, Misbehavin’).

Spokesman James Soars said: “Paul is a member of the much-loved duo Belshazzar’s Feast. Twenty 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 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.”

He continued: “Paul also has a keen interest and knowledge of 17th and 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.