Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess

Sunday 21st August 2022

Whilst being at the heart of various successful bands, big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead; power folk trio Faustus; the Seth Lakeman band, Benji Kirkpatrick was making plans and writing material for his own project, which takes the form of The Excess.  A trio: comprising of fellow Bellowhead band mate, Pete Flood on drums with Pete Thomas (Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates) on bass.

With Benji leading on bouzoukis – electric and acoustic – and guitar the band stoke up rhythms, riffs and uproarious, soaring melodies; sometimes cacophonous, sometimes stark and raw, at times sensitive, always powerful.

The band released their debut album ‘Gold Has Worn Away’ on Westpark Records in late 2019.

The live show drew on material from Benji’s critically acclaimed Boomerang album as well as a choice selection from his 2015 release Hendrix Songs, re-interpretations of the work of one of his musical heroes, Jimi Hendrix.

Opting for the classic power trio line up, Benji’s writing is brought to life with this fresh, vibrant sound and is propelled in an exciting new direction.