A relaxed, house party weekend for musicians & singers to explore how to interpret and arrange traditional material in small groups – led by Faustus! This event is a part of a year-long collaborative association between English folk trio Faustus and Halsway Manor, funded by Arts Council England.
Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Faustus – Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead), Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast), Saul Rose (Waterson Carthy, Kings of Calicutt) -are three of the leading lights of their generation. Between them they have enormous experience as virtuoso musicians rooted deeply in the English tradition – and they’re here to share some of it!
“Everything that’s best in modern traditional music” Acoustic
This is an immersive workshop weekend for musicians and singers to explore, interpret and arrange traditional material in small groups (duos, trios), using material from Halsway’s library or Faustus’ material as a starting point. You’ll get great advice and feedback too on how to present your work for performance.
The weekend begins with a Friday night concert by Faustus (7.30pm) with an opening slot from Hothouse young musicians, followed by two days packed with practical workshops, performances, informal sessions and maybe even a walk or two thrown in to freshen-up the imagination!
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. We’ll have an informal sharing at the end of the weekend which you’ll be welcome to invite friends and family to.
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.