Faustus returns to Ropery Hall
Back on the road in 2012 after a two-year break, Faustus will be making their second visit to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall at the end of October as part of this year’s monthly folk programme.
Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Faustus triumvirate are three of the leading lights of their generation – Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast) last played to a sell-out audience at the Maltkiln Road venue in April 2013
Together 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.
“Around in various incarnations since 2006, they make a big sound for a trio, but are never bombastic,” said Mick Harding of promoter Mad Dog Folk. “ Rose’s uncompromising melodeon playing and Kirkpatrick’s driving bouzouki and rhythm guitar are invariably in full, impressive turbo charge whenever they crank up the pace. Yet there’s plenty of tenderness, too”
“Faustus offer frill-free folk music that succeeds because it is superbly and tastefully performed,” he added. “The trio’s vocals sound dramatic and authentic without being histrionic or forced, and the instrumentation is immaculate.”
Specialising in powerful delivery, faultless harmonies, inspired arrangements and a sprinkling of some of the bawdiest songs in the folk cannon, the trio are on a mission to banish all that is pastoral and fey in the delivery of folk music. Their plethora of experience is brought together in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone.
Faustus came together seven years ago as an evolution of the award winning band Dr. Faustus. They made their debut album in 2008 which saw them nominated as the Best Group in the following year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Tickets cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door and are available online from www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.