Formed in 1998 by Paul Sartin (violin/oboe), Tim Van Eyken (b. 7 March 1978, Bristol, Avon, England; melodeon) and Robert Harbron (concertina), Dr. Faustus was one of the first of the new wave of young traditional groups to emerge from the UK folk revival of the late 90s. The group made its first appearance at the premiere of Mick Ryan’s The Voyage at Salisbury Playhouse in July, and by the end of the year the ranks had swelled to a quartet with the addition of bouzouki player Benji Kirkpatrick (b. 1976, Shropshire, England). Unusually for a new folk group, Dr. Faustus did not attempt to update their sound by incorporating other musical genres. The proficiency of the players and the verve of their performances meant that Dr. Faustus’ two albums for Fellside Records, 2003’s The First Cut and the 2005 follow-up Wager, were enthusiastically greeted by the traditional music community. The quartet’s busy recording commitments elsewhere meant that Dr. Faustus was put on hiatus following the release of Wager.
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