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Faustus to embark on 16 date tour

Driving rhythms on bouzouki and guitar are reinforced by the melodeon, fiddle, oboe and cor anglais

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.

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.

Setting the band apart are the distinctive individual voices of Benji Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin and Saul 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.’

Death and Other Animals (2016) was awarded the German Critics Award (Schallplatenkritik Bestenliste), Germany’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize, for outstanding new releases in terms of their value, quality of interpretation and creativity. The trio’s eponymous debut album saw Faustus being nominated as the Best Group in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

OCTOBER 2022 TOUR DATES

05th October CARDIFF Acapela Studio
07th October SHEFFIELD Beehive Folk Club
08th October WILMSLOW Quarry Bank National Trust
12th October NEWCASTLE Cumberland Arms
13th October EDINBURGH Roxy Assembly
15th October RIPON Ripon Live Music
16th October LEICESTER The Musician
17th October NEAR HENLEY ON THAMES Nettlebed Folk Club
19th October DARTINGTON Dartington Arts
20th October SALISBURY Salisbury Arts
21st October LONDON Slaughtered Lamb
22nd October WHITCHURCH Whitchurch Folk Club
23rd October WOODBRIDGE Folk at the Froize
24th October ONLINE Live To Your Living Room
26th October BASINGSTOKE The Forge at the Anvil
29th  October NUNEATON Ragged Bear Festival