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11th - 18th August 2017
Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
~~Faustus came together in 2006 as an evolution of the award winning band Dr. Faustus. They made an eponymous debut album in 2008, produced by Stu Hanna and released by Navigator Records, which saw them nominated as the Best Group in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Subsequent touring saw them headlining at festivals, as well as playing sell-out concerts at arts centres and clubs.
‘Exceptional class...’ Daily Telegraph
‘Dynamically fascinating to watch, entertaining and intriguing. Their ability to switch from song to tune, from instrument to voice, from traditional tune to modern arrangements made seeing them again a necessity’ Folk and Roots
‘Superb playing; lovely arrangements; great material’ Living Tradition
After a two year break, Faustus returned to the live circuit for festivals in summer 2012 releasing a new album, ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’ on Navigator Records, in March 2013. They have been the road since then with direct and powerful live performances that have put them at the forefront of the new English folk revival. In 2016, while Artists In Residence at Halsway Manor, they signed a record deal with former label for Bellowhead, Westpark Records, and released their new studio album ‘Death& Other Animals’ in October ‘16.
‘’Faustus are a band with some serious chops that extend beyond their long-celebrated mastery of traditional material…they and producer Rupert Christie have realized what is, by some distance, the best thing they’ve done’ fRoots review of ‘Death & Other Animals’
Faustus is the official Artist In Residence for 2016 at Halsway Manor, the centre for folk arts, a partnership which is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts funding programme.
’One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’
**** The Guardian
‘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
With: Dallahan & Teyr
11th Aug 2017 at 7:30pm
|Tickets: £19 Event tickets on sale from 1st February for Friends of Folk Week, on general sale from 1st May|