Halsway Manor announces Faustus as their Artists in Residence

  • February 19, 2016

English folk trio Faustus are delighted to announce a year-long collaborative association with Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, throughout 2016.

Arts Council England have agreed funding to support the project which creates a unique partnership between Halsway Manor and the band, centred around the development of new arrangements of rare traditional English folk music; these will be shared through workshops, two national tours and the recording of Faustus’ third album. The project combines the musical expertise of Faustus (Benji Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose, Paul Sartin) with the professional resources of Halsway Manor including their extensive folk library and archive.

Faustus will begin researching and rehearsing new material at Halsway Manor in the early part of 2016 with a national tour planned in March. The album will be recorded in the Summer of 2016, before a second national album launch tour in October, making a new collection of English folk material widely available. Additionally Faustus will offer two workshop weekends at Halsway Manor over the year, sharing their considerable expertise with singers and instrumentalists wishing to explore ways to source, interpret and perform traditional material. The first of these takes place early in April, the second later in the year (dates TBC).

On behalf of Faustus, Saul Rose said: “We thank Arts Council England for their support of the project. This is a great opportunity for us, and for Halsway, to be discovering, reviving and sharing English material. The icing on the cake is that we can also offer workshops in the unique environment of Halsway Manor, helping musicians to discover and interpret traditional material for themselves, and passing on what we’ve learned over the years.”

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