FAUSTUS ‘Cotton Lords’ Autumn 2018 Tour

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Faustus have announced their UK ‘Cotton Lords’ Tour, during which they will be presenting new tracks from the ongoing Cotton Famine Poetry project.

For the last few months Faustus (Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick & Saul Rose) have been sifting through publications and journals of the 19th Century Lancashire Cotton Famine period, as part of a project based at the University of Exeter to archive, preserve, and rehabilitate the poetry of this distressing chapter of working-class history. As featured on BBC Radio 4, they have set some of the texts to new music, soon to be released on CD.

Edwin Waugh: Home-life of the Lancashire factory folk during the cotton famine.

The project makes freely available a database of poems written in response to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65, along with commentary, audio recitations and musical performances drawing directly on these poems.

This poetic response is important in that it often represents labouring-class voices from the mid-nineteenth century, which, in spite of renewed academic interest in such material, remain underappreciated. The study of this material and its digital publication will significantly enrich literary scholarship and historical perspectives of this economic crisis, and provides the opportunity to draw public attention to an episode of history that is little known beyond the scholarly sphere. The project seeks to establish a much more detailed understanding of the nature of Lancashire Cotton Famine poetry: its extent, its intents, and its functions.

Between UK dates, Faustus will be making a maiden tour of  Denmark, and returning to Germany, as nominees for the Malzhaus Plauen Preise

Having played the National Folk Festival, Canberra, and UK folk festivals including Sidmouth and Towersey this year, 2019 sees touring in the UK, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, and plans for new recordings.

Faustus – ‘Cotton Lords’ 2018 tour

Sun Oct 21st 2018 Hove The Old Market United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 01273 201801. Venue phone: 01273 201801. BUY TICKETS
Tue Oct 23rd 2018 Aalborg Husets Cafe Denmark
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. BUY TICKETS
Wed Oct 24th 2018 Sabro Wintercoat Denmark
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. BUY TICKETS
Fri Oct 26th 2018 Herning Plexus Musikklub Denmark
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. BUY TICKETS
Sat Oct 27th 2018 Haslev Haslev Folk Club Denmark
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. BUY TICKETS
Sun Oct 28th 2018 Fredericia Tøjhuset Denmark
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. BUY TICKETS
Fri Nov 16th 2018 Kendal Lake District Folk and Acoustic Club United Kingdom
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: £12. Address: Hawkshead Brewery. BUY TICKETS
Sat Nov 17th 2018 Stratford upon Avon Studio Theatre, The Other Place, Royal Shakespeare Company United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 01789 403493. Venue phone: 01789 403493. BUY TICKETS
Mon Nov 19th 2018 Colchester Colchester Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 7:45pm. Box office: 01206 500900. Venue phone: 01206 500 900. BUY TICKETS
Wed Nov 21st 2018 Manchester Manchester Central Library United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. BUY TICKETS
Thu Nov 22nd 2018 Basingstoke, Hampshire The Forge at The Anvil United Kingdom
Time: 7:45pm. Admission: £17.50 (includes £2.00 booking fee). Box office: 01256 844244. BUY TICKETS
Sat Nov 24th 2018 Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire SHOCC Dances United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Hiltingbury Community Centre. Venue phone: +44 7765 820919. BUY TICKETS
Sun Nov 25th 2018 Maidenhead, Berkshire Nordern Farm Centre for the Arts United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 01628 788 997. Venue phone: 01628 788997. BUY TICKETS
Wed Nov 28th 2018 Bath Chapel Arts United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Venue phone: 01225461700. BUY TICKETS
Thu Nov 29th 2018 London Cecil Sharp House United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 2 Regent’s Park Road, Camden,. BUY TICKETS
Fri Nov 30th 2018 Compton Dundon, Somerset Meadway Hall United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. BUY TICKETS

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