Derek & Hazel Sarjeant

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Sarjeant (b. 7 June 1930, Chatham, Kent, England) was running the Surbiton And Kingston Folk Club and performing with guitarist Graham Bradshaw. In 1968, Hazel King (b. 11 October 1948, Paddington, London,…
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Sarjeant (b. 7 June 1930, Chatham, Kent, England) was running the Surbiton And Kingston Folk Club and performing with guitarist Graham Bradshaw. In 1968, Hazel King (b. 11 October 1948, Paddington, London, England) who sang and played guitar, joined them to form a trio performing at clubs and concert halls around the country. Sarjeant shared the singing and played either guitar, concertina or trumpet while Bradshaw played guitar or accordion. With their strong voices and harmonies and varied instrumentation they produced a full and distinctive sound. They made one album before Bradshaw moved to Coventry. Sarjeant and King continued as a duo and worked in Europe, where they found that their versatility was much in demand. Their programme included mostly traditional English and Scottish folk songs, some unaccompanied, but they also performed contemporary songs and blues with Sarjeant on trumpet and King on guitar. King’s interpretations of the big ballads such as, ‘The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow’ and ‘Willie Of Winesbury’ were much acclaimed. They widened their scope further by playing some traditional instrumental music alternating harmonies on concertina and guitar. In 1977 they married and continued touring the UK and Europe. During this period they performed regularly at European festivals, colleges and clubs, and made radio and television appearances which included the BBC radio series Folkscene. After a short pause in their career bringing up their two children they did a tour of New England, USA in the early 90s which was very successful. The Sarjeants continue to perform and to present folk music around their area as well as making foreign tours.