For the last few months Faustus 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. Having set some of the texts to new music, Faustus are delighted to announce that the first track, Cotton Lords, will be debuted on their March tour, and is now available to listen to at cottonfaminepoetry.exeter.ac.uk; and more will released over the year.
Prior to their March tour Benji, Paul and Saul will again form the core band in The Transports, the revival and reworking of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera which proved a sensation in 2017 and played to full houses across the country. For more information on this visit thetransportsproduction.co.uk.
During 2016, the band were Artists in Residence at Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts, in the Quantock Hills of Somerset, where they had unlimited access to the Manor’s extensive library, and where their track Death and Other Animals was recorded. Four songs unique to Halsway’s little-known Ruth Tongue archive, lyrics by Bill Caddick and Olivia McCannon, a Chartist poem, and the band’s own indomitable settings of traditional texts comprise Death and Other Animals. This track also received the 2017 German Critics Award (Schallplatenkritik Bestenliste) in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter/World Music category.
The band have also turned to pastures new for release and production, striking up a deal with German-based label, Westpark Music, and bringing in Rupert Christie as producer. With past production work including Bellowhead, Tom Baxter, Jessie J and Fisherman’s Friends, Rupert and Faustus was a match made in heaven as he and the band hit it off incredibly well.
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). Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Catch them live on tour in March, and shortly after their UK tour, Faustus will debut at the National Folk Festival in Australia.
Faustus March 2018 Tour:
Thursday 1st – The Forge, Basingstoke
Friday 2nd – Beehive Folk Club, Harthill (Near Sheffield)
Saturday 3rd – The Octagon, Yeovil
Friday 9th – Ace Space, Newbury
Saturday 10th – RNCM, Manchester (+ workshops)
Sunday 11th – Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire
Thursday 15th – Blackheath Halls, London
Friday 16th – TBC
Saturday 17th – The Corn Hall, Diss – 01379 652241 / www.thecornhall.co.uk
For more information or to book visit www.faustusband.com.