Distinctive new EP from Faustus

Credit Richard Gearey

To mark the debut of their brand-new EP, folk trio Faustus will heading to Nettlebed Folk Club as part of their Autumn tour.

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.

To celebrate the release of their new EP Cotton Lords, Faustus are heading out on tour this Autumn, stopping off at Nettlebed Folk Club, Henley-on-Thames, 28 October.

Speaking of the upcoming gig in Nettlebed, Saul Rose said: “I’ve been going to Nettlebed for nearly 40 years. There used to be a weekend festival and my Morris team danced there many times and as well as that I used to go to the village club with my parents to watch gigs; Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick etc.

“In the early 90’s I joined a ceilidh band called Phungus, the connection being the Morris team but the guitar player was Mike Sanderson, organiser of Nettlebed village club. We played the club several times at the annual Christmas ceilidh and, as my career as a musician started to take shape, Mike was and always has been supportive of the bands that I’ve been in booking whatever I’m in regularly. So, punter to performer, my connection to the club spans most of my life. “

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.  Touring with new material from their Cotton Lords EP… Not to be missed!

It has been highly praised by BBC Radio 6 Music – ‘So stunning live’ says Tom Robinson.

For further information and to purchase tickets visit www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk