About

With virtuoso playing, fresh musical ideas and great rapport with the audience, Paul and Michael are exploring the potential of their instruments in a way that is exciting and engaging. They take the strength of each instrument’s traditions and blend them into their own unique brand of fusion music.

The result is a vibrant, intriguing and occasionally explosive mix of music that crosses cultural boundaries. One moment you might be listening to a beautifully slow air played on the fiddle, and the next a tango from South America, a piece of classical repertoire from Russia, then a jazz standard. The inclusion of a few own compositions in the repertoire really sees them making their mark on the music scene.

Paul and mike couple this eclectic mix with entertaining and informative chat about the music they are playing, making them one of the best live acts on the circuit today.

 

Paul Chamberlain – Accordion

Paul Chamberlain - Accordionist

Paul Chamberlain was one of the first classical accordionists to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he studied with Djordje Gajic. He completed a BMus (Hons) degree and subsequently graduated from the conservatoire with a Master of Music Performance with Distinction. Whilst studying there he was awarded the acclaimed Governors Recital Prize for Keyboard, and was also one of the keyboard section finalists in the 2011 Royal Overseas League competition.

Paul  is a highly accomplished player with appearances at international music festivals such as Baltica Harmonica in St. Petersburg – Russia, Sata-Häme Soi Accordion festival in Ikaalinen – Finland, and the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held annually in Scotland. He has also performed in France, Italy, Greece, Bahrain and the USA. In 2011, Paul released his debut solo album entitled “Classical Accordion” featuring a mixture of transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach, Rameau, Moszkowski and Khachaturian, as well as original works by Alexander Nagayev and Franck Angelis.

He made his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long established Manchester Mid-Days concert series in 2013 and completed a major national tour of concerts in July 2014 to coincide with his CD release ‘Accordion Sensations‘. The disc features a mixture of solo repertoire by Scarlatti, Zolotariev and Weber as well as and chamber works by Piazzolla for which Paul is joined on the recording by violinist Feargus Hetherington and the Maxwell String Quartet.

He has also performed with Ute Lemper and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Paragon Ensemble, Scottish Opera Connect Orchestra, and is a founder member of the Scottish Tango Ensemble. Paul has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme with Sean Rafferty, performing live in the studio, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped’ and California’s KDFC Classical Music Radio Station in San Francisco. Paul also performs regularly as leader of HotScotch Ceilidh Band.

 

 

Michael Haywood – Violin, Saxophone, Whistle, Clarinet

Michael HaywoodA virtuosic performer on many instruments, Michael has appeared in many of the countries leading venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sage Gateshead, The Barbican London, and has played on BBC Radio Scotland.  He qualified with an honors degree in folk and traditional music from Newcastle University with a major in wind instruments.

Michael spent three years working for Live Music Now, a prestigious scheme founded by Yehudi Menuhin and has provided hundreds of concerts across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.  His current group ‘The Yoohoo Ceilidh Band’, are regulars on the scene and are well known throughout Scotland and beyond.

Michael is committed to music education and is a PDGE qualified teacher.  He currently works, teaching music, in Earlston high school. An inspirational teacher to many, he is ambitious, passionate and encouraging.