Benji Kirkpatrick is one third of acclaimed ‘bloke folk’ trio, Faustus and was a key member of the recently disbanded folk big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead. He spent three years in the Seth Lakeman Band having featured on Seth’s successful releases ‘Kitty Jay’ and ‘Freedom Fields’. He has also released four solo albums, the latest ‘Hendrix Songs’, saw him strip back the songs of his hero and set them in a new, acoustic light.
In summer 2016, as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations, Benji was involved in ‘The Fairy Portal Camp’ at the RSC in Stratford upon Avon. Musicians, actors and dancers collaborated to produce new works every day for a week, working up to a final performance which opened ‘the fairy portal’… Benji has also worked with numerous other artists including Oysterband, John Jones, Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), Thea Gilmore and Joan as Police Woman.
Benji’s latest project The Excess, is an acoustic rock trio featuring Pete Flood (Bellowhead) on drums and Pete Thomas on Double and Electric Bass. Whilst focusing on Benji’s own song writing skills for the majority of the material, the trio also acknowledge a few of their influences with songs by Jimi Hendrix and Richard Thompson. The power of the trio also allow Benji to explore new arrangements of instrumentals too, whilst they’re a sensitive enough bunch to allow a few beautiful ballads too.
SUPPORT FROM NEVER THE TWAIN
Never the Twain is an acoustic collective performing around the south of England, featuring Andy Melrose, Sean Quinn, Stevie Simkin and Dan Conroy. Between them, they play guitars, lap steel, harmonica, violin, mandolin and dobro. They wrap two and three part harmonies around their original songs and occasional covers, all drawing on folk, blues and American roots traditions. This performance features the trio incarnation of the band – Sean and Stevie on acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies with Dan’s beautiful violin a highlight across the set.