Album Review: Faustus - Broken Down Gentlemen

Faustus are a British folk supergroup/side project of three vocals and three instruments to produce a superb folk album that I can't stop listening to.

Faustus are Benji [Bouzouki & Guitar], Saul [Melodeons] & Paul [Fiddle, Cor Anglais & Oboe] and return with their second album 'Broken Down Gentlemen' to be released in March 2013on Navigator Records. Individually they've played with the best of bands on the folk circuit. Benji's played with the likes of Oysterband and is in the Seth Lakemen Band, Saul is a major collaborator of Waterson:Carthy and played in Jim Moray's band while Paul is also a member of Bellowhead. So yeah Faustus is a kind of folk supergroup of sorts.

'Broken Down Gentlemen' is a superb folk album. The folk trinity of guitar, fiddle & melodeon fills up every track and has the ability to be both charming and dramatic depending on the song's theme. There are a number of theme's in the songs. The songs have traditional rural settings, love songs about leaving for war and the odd murder balled! There's not a bad tune on the album with the vocals and lyrics enticing me into the album in every way.

'Prentice Boy' is a great tale of a young boy murdering his true love to get out of a young marriage! The title track is a charming folk tune with wonderful harmonies. The best track on the album is 'Blow The Windy Morning' which you can hear a live version of it below.

Reviewing albums like Faustus is the reason why I've decided to branch out to review international artists. I love the simplicity of the album and the depth of the songs on offer. Faustus is well worth checking out.

Faustus - Broken Down Gentlemen [11 out of 12]

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Faustus – The Broken Down Gentlemen Tour – April 2013

Thurs 11th April           The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Doors: 7.30pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Fri 12th April                The Greystones, Sheffield
Doors: 7.30pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Sat 13th April               Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
Tel: 01235 515 144 /
Doors: 7.30pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Sun 14th April             Gill Nethercott Centre, Whitchurch, Hants
                                    Doors: 7.30pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Mon 15th April             The Green Note, CamdenLondon
Tel: 020 7485 9899 /
Doors: 7.00pm / On stage: 9.00pm

Tues 16th April                        South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Tel: 0118 960 6060 /
Doors: 7.00pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Fri 19th April               Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea nr. Bristol
Tel: 01275 790 915 /
Doors: 7.30pm / On stage 8.30pm

Sat 20th April              The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
Tel: 01695 584 480 /
Doors: 7.30pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Weds 24th April          Stamford Arts Centre
Tel: 01780 763 203 /
Doors: 7.30pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Fri 26th April 2013      The Guildhall, Leicester
Tel: 0116 253 2569
Doors 7.15pm / On stage: 8.00pm

Sat 27th April 2013      Ropery Hall, Barton-on-Humber
Tel: 01652 660 380 /
Doors: 7.30pm / On stage: 8.00pm