Father and son give psalms a folk twist

September 28 2018
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Award-winning composer Steven Faux describes his latest project as “One of the most rewarding collaborations I have had in my career.”

Steven has teamed up with his son Clem to produce You Are, a contemporary folk-based album of songs based on the Book of Psalms.  It will be performed live at the Redland Parish Church Halls on Friday 19 October – a Bristol first! 

You Are is religious music like you’ve never heard it before – beautiful modern, acoustic, folk featuring instruments such as the saxophone, mandolin and even the pennywhistle. Think Mumford & Sons meets Ed Sheeran meets Irish folk rock, and you will have an idea of what a musical treat it is!

Co-written by Steven and Clem, and featuring musicians from London, Oxford and Paris, You Are is a fresh take on the Psalms, that presents them in a up-to-date, lively way to reach out to modern audiences. The words s are intertwined with melodic music.    

The talented duo worked together in Steven’s studio in Bath, and plan to take their exciting collaboration beyond churches, into nightclubs and smaller music venues.  You Are is the latest in a much acclaimed series written by Steven called The Psalms Project, the first three albums having received rave reviews.

Clem, 22, has recently graduated in music composition, and as Steven says: “Has brought the music right up to date. We will have lots of young musicians performing at the concert – it should be a great gig!”

Steven is a prolific writer of TV documentary music. He has often worked with the BBC’s Bristol based Natural History Unit, and TV viewers around the world have heard his scores - from David Attenborough's Life of Birds (BBC1) which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award, to BBC2's award winning Reindeer Girls, as well as BBC1's Earthflight. When he is not writing music, Steven is the Associate Vicar of Redland Parish Church. Clearly the saying ‘like father, like son’ is true here, as Clem, a talented musician who plays the saxophone, plans to follow his Dad into church ministry.

Steven’s latest collaboration is very close to his heart. The concert is a fundraising event, to celebrate the second anniversary of the opening of the new halls, and proceeds will help the church to continue to support community based activities. 

You can view and listen to a clip of the album on:  stevenfaux.com or www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmgDGZ4-no4

The concert begins at 7.30pm on 19 October at Redland Parish Halls, Redland Green Rd. Tickets are available on the door or can be bought online at redland.org.uk/news/psalms-concert