Faustus consists of Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy), Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) and Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman/Bellowhead. Erm, need we say more? We think not, but hey, we will anyway!
This exciting young band consists of three of the most pivotal players in the English roots revival of the past decade. Saul Rose, singer and melodeon player, is best known for his work with the Kings of Calicutt and Waterson Carthy and is considered by many to be the best melodeon player in the country.
Paul Sartin is a hugely versatile and classically trained musician who has played with such varied ensembles as Bellowhead, Belshazzars Feast and the Christchurch Cathedral Choir! As well as vocals, Paul plays fiddle and oboe for both Faustus and the now infamous Bellowhead.
In 2001/03, ace guitarist Benji Kirkpatrick (John’s son) was a member of the Oysterband Big Session playing alongside Eliza Carthy, Jim Murray, Rose Kemp, Cara Dillon and Seth Lakeman. He has played with the Mercury-nominated Seth Lakeman on many duo/trio projects and tours and – like Paul – is a member of Bellowhead (currently Band in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre!)
Faustus have been described as “conjuring a dark and peculiar Mediaeval world”. We think they just make fantastic music! Please note! Faustus are not to be confused with a band of the same name who come up on Google. Well at least, we were momentarily confused until we realised that, erm, “our” Faustus are not “an indie/rock/progressive band” and do not “play a selection of covers from artists such as The Kaiser Chiefs, The Stone Roses and The Subways.”
But hey, we were very relieved when it was Benji Kirkpatrick who walked through the door of DHFC , and not a member of the “other” Faustus!