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Monday, March 23, 2015
English Folk Group Faustus Bring in the Crowds at the Centenary Centre in Peel
debut of the folk band Faustus at the Centenary Centre in Peel proved beyond
doubt how English folk music has evolved in recent years, as the all-male line-up
produced a seemingly endless supply of songs and tunes which left the capacity
audience gasping for more.
by everyone's reaction the devil had a
busy night, as we all sold our souls for the pleasure of listening to a range
of music which criss-crossed a number of English counties and devolved seamlessly
to an Island which rejoices in its own unique musical heritage.
Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose and Paul Sartin are also involved with a number of
well-known groups (Waterson:Carthy,
Whapweazel, Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead and Belshazzar’s Feast), but their combined efforts as Faustus released a powerful expression
of emotion; taking dyed in the wool songs and making them very much their own.
professionalism and dedication to the genre shone through as a beacon in the
wilderness, rending asunder the historical image of English folk music and
launching a thoroughly contemporary expression of some classical compositions.
prior to their performance, the evening kicked off with local singer/songwriter
Greg Joughin, who presented a selection of retrospective arrangements which lingered
sensitively on some of the more poignant aspects of life.
known for his long-term association with The Mollag Band, on this occasion Greg
was working as a solo artiste which gave members of the audience an opportunity
to hear his self-penned work froman