Thursday 16 June 2022 8pm Music Room
With support from Amelia Coburn
The remarkable rise of award-winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed 'The Sex Pistols of folk' by J Davis, they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.
Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as 'one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times'. Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, receives repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and won 'Best Album' at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Following a year of wall-to-wall touring across the UK, Europe, and North America in 2019, the band’s march was halted by the live silence of the global pandemic. Now, they emerge from their chrysalis transformed - but this time the multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks.
The Trials of Cato’s hotly anticipated second album Gog Magog is named both after the mythical giant of Arthurian legend and the Cambridgeshire hilltop, where the new album was birthed over lockdown.
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Friday 5 April 2024 7:30pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Hot off the back of multiple sell-outs across the UK, the 23-strong London African Gospel Choir bring their totally uplifting rendition of Paul Simon's iconic Graceland album to Liverpool.