Benji Kirkpatrick is a singer, songwriter and musician. He is one third of acclaimed ‘bloke folk’ trio, Faustus and was a key member of the now disbanded folk big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead. He was head hunted by folk rock pioneers, Steeleye Span in 2017 and is touring with them as they celebrate their 50th year in 2019 with a new album ‘Estd. 1969’. 2019 also sees the launch of Benji’s new band ‘The Excess’, a three piece comprising Pete Flood (also of Bellowhead) on drums and Pete Thomas (Jackie Oates, Megan Henwood) on bass. The roots based power trio release their debut album ‘Gold Has Worn Away’ on German based label Westpark Music and tour the UK in September 2019 and March/April 2020.
Benji spent three years in the Seth Lakeman Band having featured on Seth’s successful releases ‘Kitty Jay’ and ‘Freedom Fields’and will tour with Seth again in February 2019 with the project ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’. 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’… In 2017, Peter Bellamy’s impressive song cycle ‘The Transports’ was revived, starring Faustus, Nancy Kerr, The Young ‘Uns, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. The production now has two successful tours under its belt as well as a newly recorded album of the project. Benji has also worked with numerous other artists including Oysterband, John Jones, Maddy Prior, Thea Gilmore and Joan as Police Woman.