‘Exceptionally talented’ brothers, Joe and Will Sartin, launch their first recording as Patakas (pronounced pa : ta : kus), a new duo bursting on to the English folk scene. With Joe’s sublime voice and guitar playing and Will’s dexterous mandolin, the brothers beautifully and skilfully express the music-making and folk tradition that run through the very core of their family.
Why this music? Why now?
The EP was made during the six months after their well-loved father Paul Sartin, passed away. An esteemed and prolific folk musician, violinist, oboist, singer, composer, Paul was a founding member of award-winning folk bands Bellowhead, Faustus and Belshazzar’s Feast.
Joe and Will’s maternal grandfather, Doug Bailey, recorded and produced this album at Wild Goose Studios in Hampshire, thereby bringing things full circle for the family; their father’s own debut record with Belshazzar’s Feast was recorded with Doug at the same studio in 1996.
Will and Joe explain further..
“This EP is so important to both of us. After the loss of our father in September last year, we spent a lot of time reminiscing childhood memories together with our eldest brother, and the vast majority of those were times we spent playing or singing together. We realised that music has not only been something we’ve always loved doing, but has also created so many strong bonds and incredible memories, whether that was with direct family or friends that we consider family. So, in this spirit we compiled the songs and tunes that we feel really captured strong memories for us.
It was always a dream of Dad’s to have us perform together as a trio but alas time and life got in the way and we only once made this a reality; a rainy but wonderful outdoor concert in August 2020 at The Oval Tavern in Croydon, where we were billed as ‘Sartin & Sons’. We felt we owed Dad and ourselves the chance to create some great music and we couldn’t think of a better way than to come together under the name Patakas which was his old University nickname. This is the first time that we’ve worked together as a duo. We can’t wait to share our music!”
The EP was launched at Chippenham Folk Festival on 29 May. Further summer concerts and festivals are:
Swindon Folk Club: 16 June https://swindonfolkclub.wordpress.com/
Folk at The Froize: 23 July https://froize.co.uk/folk-at-the-froize/
Warwick Folk Festival: 27 – 30 July https://warwickfolkfestival.co.uk/
Sidmouth Folk Festival: 4 – 11 August https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/
Broadstairs Folk Festival: 11 – 18 August https://broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/
For further information please visit: https://linktr.ee/patakas