Folk supergroup Faustus, described as “one of Britain's outstanding folk bands”, featuring two of award winning mega group Bellowhead, will play live at the Queens Hall, Narberth on March 27, supported by Welsh singer-songwriter Lowri Evans.
With a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nomination and an English Folk Dance and Song Society Award, the trio are three of the leading lights of their generation. The band comprises Saul Rose of Waterson:Carthy and Whapweazel, Benji Kirkpatrick of Seth Lakeman Band and Bellowhead, and Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Belshazzar’s Feast.
The three have a massive wealth of experience between them, which collides in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone rooted deeply in the English tradition. They specialise in the powerful delivery of faultless harmonies and inspired arrangements with a sprinkling of some of the earthiest songs in the folk canon.
The band is garnering applause and attention from their powerful live shows, with a burning alchemy of staggering musical sorcery, humour and excitable energy, and they’re described memorably as “men on a mission to banish all that is anodyne and fey in the delivery of folk music.”
Faustus will be performing songs from their second album Broken Down Gentlemen, which breathes new life into a raft of well-known and not-so-well-known songs, with arresting vocals and varied but precise arrangements. The album received high praise from both the mainstream press and the specialist folk music critics.
Also appearing is one Wales’ best-kept secrets, Lowri Evans, who Radio 2’s Bob Harris called “a wonderful singer-songwriter”. The bilingual talent has been described as “a major talent in any language”, and she’ll be celebrating the release of her new single ‘Deep Inside’.
Her recent album, Corner of My Eye, was recorded with accordion player Andy Cutting and acoustic/slide guitarist Martin Simpson, both BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners in the Best Musician category. Her striking and heartfelt music brings together the best of folk, country, Americana and blues, and will be perfect as an accompaniment.
Tickets are cheaper in advance and can be purchased on the Span Arts website at span-arts.org.uk, or call Span Arts box office on 01834 869323.