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.
With their feet planted squarely in ‘the tradition’, the trio are seasoned ambassadors for English music. So much so that in 2016 they spent the year in residency at Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts, plus they have each scooped special recognition awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
‘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, this band has complete command on stage and in the studio.
Their live act is recognised worldwide; 2020 will see the band performing at venues in Australia and New Zealand, as well as touring throughout Mainland Europe and the UK.
To make sure we miss them “three of the best musicians currently on the folk circuit” (Shire Folk) are fitting in a short October Tour before they go down under to top up their tans.
Dates as follows:
October 2019 (England & Wales)
18 Oct | The Greystones, Sheffield | South Yorkshire
19 Oct | Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton | West Midlands
22 Oct | Pontardawe Arts Centre, Nr Swansea | Glamorgan
23 Oct | Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan | Ceredigion
24 Oct | Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells | Powys
25 Oct | The Three Tuns Inn, Bishop’s Castle | Shropshire
26 Oct | The Old Chapel, Alfriston | East Sussex
28 Oct | Nettlebed Village Club, nr Henley on Thames | Oxfordshire
For more details visit http://Faustusband.com