Karen Pfeiffer and Paul Walker


Karen Pfeiffer and Paul Walker

Saturday 21 May 2022,  8.00pm, Sandfields Pumping station, Chesterfield Rd, Lichfield WS14 0AA

The Anglo-German duo Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer hails from Staffordshire, although Karen is originally from Stuttgart, Germany. The rumour goes that it was there Paul ‘discovered’ her busking in a city centre park and invited her to perform in England. The two of them have now been playing music together since 2012, and have spread their wings very successfully into the British and European folk and festival scene and perform now mainly in Theatres, Village Halls, Folk Clubs and of course at Festivals throughout the UK.


Join us in Sandfield Pumping Station, a new venue for Lichfield Arts, for this dynamic musical pairing in an industrial setting.

“With two grand voices – individually and in harmony” (Folker-German Folk Magazine), Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer offer a versatile miscellany of self-penned and imaginatively arranged songs, delivered with guitar, woodwind instrumentation and occasional percussion.

“I’ve never seen our audience so spellbound!” (Malc Gurnham, Bedworth Folk Club)

So, what is it that makes this internationally touring Anglo-German duo so irresistible? Whilst Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer are acclaimed for their image provoking songwriting, expressive vocals and authentic musicianship, they are frequently recalled for their warmth, humour and their remarkable ability to engage with their audience. Karen’s natural theatricality and life affirming playful energy compliment charmingly with Paul’s calm geniality and combined they magically turn a great performance into a real event.

The duo has toured its shows extensively taking in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Ireland and most corners of the UK, wooing audiences with Karen’s southern German accent tinged with an ‘oatcake induced’ North Staffordshire dialect from Paul’s heritage.

Poised to record a new album in Germany just when the pandemic halted things, the past 18 months have seen them focusing their attention on writing, home recording and most importantly, developing their online presence. Their weekly live stream ‘Afternoon Tea with Paul & Karen’ is now in excess of 85 shows and attracts a dedicated international following. The new album ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Me Duck’ is now set to be released early 2022.



Sandfields Pumping Station

Sandfields Pumping Station is one of the Black Country’s most important pieces of industrial heritage. Built in the mid nineteenth century following several cholera epidemics, that resulted in the deaths of several thousand people within the space of six weeks. The waterworks pumped 4 million gallons of fresh water to the beleaguered comments of the industrial midlands every day, and is a monument to the skills of the Victorian engineers, and the philanthropic endeavours of individuals who gave something back to the community.

The building still contains a unique 190hp Cornish Beam Engine that was built in the Black County, and is the only reaming example still surviving. A charitable trust is working hard to save this unique piece of industrial heritage.

Use the post code WS14 0AA. The entrance is directly opposite No. 106 Chesterfield road. Please note: There is limited parking available on site so please be prepared to have to find alternative parking including on street parking in the vicinity (Please respect the venues neighbours access). Please note that this venue does not currently have disabled toilet facilities.