Benji Kirkpatrick is a singer, songwriter and musician. He has been performing solo for nearly 25 years and is one third of acclaimed ‘bloke folk’ trio, Faustus, and was a key member of folk big band and multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners, Bellowhead.
He was head hunted by folk rock pioneers, Steeleye Span in 2017 (40 years after his Dad, John, was in the band) and has been touring with them since then, featuring on new album ‘Estd. 1969’ to celebrate 50 years of the band.
2019 saw the launch of Benji’s new band ‘Benji Kirkpatrick & 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 released their debut album ‘Gold Has Worn Away’ on German based label Westpark Music in 2019 and will be back playing at festivals in 2021.
Benji is a long-term collaborator with Seth Lakeman, featuring on Seth’s successful releases ‘Kitty Jay’ and ‘Freedom Fields’ and toured again with Seth in February 2020 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 completed two successful tours and recorded an 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. Read more at www.benjikirkpatrick.com