Performance with Faustus

Course outline
Following their successful maiden visit in 2017, Faustus return to Stones
Barn in Cumbria. 

Benji, Paul and Saul will explore song sourcing and selection, through
arranging for individuals and ensembles, to stagecraft and performance
issues, culminting in a final concert showcase.
This is a chance to sing, play and have heaps of fun alongside 'three of the
leading lights of their generation'.

Who is this course for? Is there a certain skill level which is desirable?

Those new to the tradition through to seasoned professionals all welcome.  
A thirst for knowledge and improvement, openess to group work, and a sense
of humour essential. 

BENJII: Benji Kirkpatrick was a key member of the recently disbanded folk
big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead. He spent three years in the Seth
Lakeman Band having featured on Seth's successful releases 'Kitty Jay' and
'Freedom Fields'. He has also released four solo albums, the latest 'Hendrix

Songs', saw him strip back the songs of his hero and set them in a new,
acoustic light. In summer 2016, as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations,
Benji was involved in 'The Fairy Portal Camp' at the RSC in Stratford upon
Avon. Musicians, actors and dancers collaborated to produce new works every
day for a week, working up to a final performance which opened 'the fairy
portal'. Benji has also worked with numerous other artists including
Oysterband, John Jones, Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), Thea Gilmore and Joan
as Police Woman. He has recently formed a new trio. 'Benji Kirkpatrick and
The Excess', to perform his own songs.

SAUL: Saul Rose was a long time member of Waterson:Carthy, winning two BBC
Radio 2 Folk Awards with 'Broken Ground' and forming a duo with Eliza
Carthy. The double album 'Red Rice', of which Saul was an integral part of
the 'Rice' half, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. More
recently Saul has joined Whapweasel, played in Ruth Notman's band, and
formed a duo with James Delarre (Mawkin). He is a founder member of new folk
big band Eliza Carthy and The Wayward band. He has played on numerous albums
as a guest, including Jackie Oates' album 'Hyperboreans', Norma Waterson and
Eliza Carthy's album 'The Gift' and the soundtrack for the films 'Morris- A
Life With Bells On' and 'Far From The Madding Crowd'. He was nominated for
the Musician of The Year award in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards and during 2011
took the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse.

PAUL: A member of the late Bellowhead, as well as BBC Folk Award-nominated
duo Belshazzar's Feast, Paul is Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers.
Following the 'Bellowhead Songbook', his latest publication is 'Community
Choirs Folk' for Faber Music. Recent broadcast appearances include BBC Radio
2's 'Clare Balding Show' and BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' and 'The Choir'. Having
received a BASCA nomination for 'The Hartlepool Monkey' with Streetwise
Opera, he has been commissioned to write music for Central School of Speech
and Drama; Broadstairs Folk Week; Sidmouth Folk Festival and the Southbank;
Somerville College, Oxford; and BBC Radio 4's 'Playing the Skyline'. He
arranged and directed the music for the redent revival of 'The Transports'

(Guardian *****). 

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.

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 Death and Other
Animals was 
recorded, including four newly-unearther songs unique to Halsway's
little-known Ruth Tongue archive. Death and Other Animals  received the 2017
German Critics Award (Schallplatenkritik Bestenliste)  in the
Folk/Singer-Songwriter/World Music category.

They are currently touring with The Tranports, 'the folk event of 2017', a
revival and reworking of Peter Bellamy's ballad opera, which has received
stunning reviews and five stars from the Guardian.

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