Faustus

20:00, 13 Oct

“So stunning live” says Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music), Faustus are known for captivating audiences with their sheer room-shaking power, vocal precision and instrumental mastery. Put simply, the band has complete command on stage and in the studio.

Their live act is recognised worldwide; the band has performed at venues in Australia and New Zealand, as well as throughout the UK and in mainland Europe.

Playing music for our times, Faustus take traditional English music, rip it up, put it together again and move it on. A vigorous rhythmic impetus and rock/prog rock influence propels the sound into the here and now and a range of instruments deployed in unconventional ways gives a unique texture, depth and variety to the band’s sound.

Driving rhythms on bouzouki and guitar are reinforced by the melodeon, fiddle, oboe and cor anglais, creating arrangements that are intriguing and subtle, boisterous or punchy. “Faustus somehow manage to make folk sound traditional and cutting edge at the same time. It’s a good trick to pull off and a thrilling show for the spectator” (English Dance and Song).

Setting the band apart are the distinctive individual voices of Kirkpatrick, Sartin and Rose. Their close harmonies are faultless and well-crafted and all three members trade lead vocals to great effect. Not content to cover the same ground twice, song after song surprises and entertains. “We do work hard on crafting arrangements to make them musically interesting, and also stitching together texts to make music that is not just ephemeral, but has some sort of lasting quality”.

Benji Kirkpatrick - vocals, bouzoukis, guitars, mandolin, banjo (Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band, Steeleye Span). 

Paul Sartin - vocals, fiddle, oboe, cor anglais (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings).

Saul Rose - vocals, melodeon (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweasel, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band).

 

Reviews

“One of Britain's outstanding folk bands” – The Guardian

“So stunning live” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“In a genre where tradition is ever debated, Faustus present an energized and exciting take on traditional folk music. They leave New Zealand the talk of the folk community, with calls for their return already begun” – Auckland Folk Festival

“The concept?  To rescue contemporary folk from the curse of feyness…Bloke-folk!… Fans of Led Zep III should take a thoughtful interest” – Independent on Sunday