Following a great year as our Artists in Residence in 2016, we’re delighted to welcome back Faustus (Saul Rose, Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick) to lead this course for musicians and singers (intermediate level and above).
Working in small groups you’ll explore how to source and arrange material drawn from the Halsway collection and online resources. Practical workshops and formal guidance will be combined with fun and social sessions and activities to ensure you have both an enjoyable and productive time at Halsway. The week will include a trip out to local cider bar Pebbles Tavern for a session, and you’ll have the opportunity to perform your new work as part of a concert with Faustus on the final evening. The course is limited to 15 participants.
Who’s it For?
Musicians – any instrument (please let us know when booking) – and singers of an intermediate level and upwards. This is not a course specifically aimed to develop your voice or your playing, though you will have expert support and encouragement; it’s all about learning to interpret and arrange material with others, so you’ll need to have a sufficient skill level to get involved. You’ll need to be able to play tunes up to speed and able to read music or pick up tunes quickly by ear. You’ll have experience in, or a desire to play in ensembles and perform in public. You’ll get the chance to perform your work in a concert with Faustus at the end of the week.
Scion of a noted folk dynasty, Benji Kirkpatrick is a key member of folk big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead. Benji featured with the Seth Lakeman Band who shot to fame when ‘Kitty Jay’, featuring Benji, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005. Benji has performed with many artists including Oysterband, John Jones and Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), and has also found time to release three solo albums. His latest solo project BENDRIX reinterprets the songs of guitar hero Jimi Hendrix on bouzouki, banjo and mandolin.
Saul Rose was a long time member of Waterson:Carthy, winning two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with ‘Broken Ground’ and forming a duo with Eliza Carthy. The double album ‘Red Rice’, of which Saul was an integral part was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. More recently Saul has joined Whapweasel, played in Ruth Notman’s band, and re-launched his duo with Maclaine Colston. He has appeared as a guest artist on many albums including Jackie Oates’ ‘Hyperboreans’, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy’s ‘The Gift’ and the soundtrack for the film ‘Morris- A Life With Bells On’. He was nominated as Musician of The Year in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards and in 2011 took the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse.
Paul Sartin is also a member of Bellowhead, as well as BBC Folk Award nominated duo Belshazzar’s Feast. He is Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, consultant for the charity Live Music Now and is a composer of note with recent works including ‘The Hartlepool Monkey’ for Streetwise Opera (BASCA Award nominated), ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ for the Central School of Speech and Drama, and ‘Changing Landscapes’ for Broadstairs Folk Week.
Faustus spent 2016 as ‘Artists in Residence’ at Halsway Manor, researching and rehearsing material – drawn in part from the Halsway library and archive – before recording their album ‘Death and Other Animals’ here in the Summer. The trio ran two workshop courses during the year to pass on their expertise to others and are keen to continue that work in this latest course.