Faustus are known for captivating audiences with their sheer room-shaking power, vocal precision and instrumental mastery. Put simply, the 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.
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. Faustus also received a nomination for the Malzhaus Plauen Award, Germany’s only European Folk Music Award, in 2018.
With their feet planted squarely in ‘the tradition’, the trio are seasoned ambassadors for English music. They were artists in residence at Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts in 2016, and they have each scooped special recognition awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).
‘So stunning live’ – Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music)
‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands’ – The Guardian
‘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