Date: 1–4 Nov 2018
Details: 12-1pm arrival on Thursday and 2:30pm departure on Sunday
Location: Stones Barn, Bewcastle, Carlisle CA6 6PW
Run by: Maddy Prior
Contact details: 01697 748424
For people who want work on performance and band-working skills in preparation for a small village hall concert at the end.
Three brilliant musicians and harmony writers will encourage and direct your endeavours to craft a performance. An inspiring four days.
Requirements for all those who want to sing, or play and sing: Those new to the tradition through to seasoned professionals all welcome. A thirst for knowledge and improvement, openness to group work, and a sense of humour essential!
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.