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Power-folk pioneers The Trials of Cato, who were formed in Beirut Lebanon, are playing Settle Victoria Hall this Friday (February 28) following a remarkable 2019 which saw the band transform from buskers into BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners. 


Fresh from a frantic year touring their award-winning debut album Hide and Hair in the UK, North America and Europe, The Trials of Cato are descending on venues across the UK to debut new material from their hotly anticipated second album, due out later this year.  The band formed in Beirut, Lebanon, but within a year of returning to the UK had gained the attention of the likes of Cerys Matthews (BBC 6 Music) and Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2). In early 2019 they won Best Emerging Artist at the inaugural Wales Folk Awards and within six months they were double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees. Their debut Hide and Hair was voted Best Album by BBC Radio 2 listeners at the 2019 Folk Awards, gains frequent national airplay and has cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting acts on the UK folk scene. www.thetrialsofcato.com


Formed in Beirut, Lebanon and originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, the rise and rise of The Trais of Cato trio has been the subject of huge attention on the UK folk scene recently.Singing in both English and Welsh and playing some Welsh tunes interestingly blended with other music, they have been described as “The Sex Pistols of folk,” by music  producer John Davis, who worked on the remastering of Led Zeppelin’s music.By paying obvious tribute to the traditional they turn old bones into something exciting and modern, with energetic tunes and memorable stories. In three years, the band have gone from busking to playing theatre shows and major festivals across Europe, Canada and the United States.The Trials of Cato came to the scene after forming in Beirut, Lebanon, in the winter of 2016 where they worked as teachers. Since then they have made a serious name for themselves winning two major awards in 2019 – one at the Welsh Folk Awards and another at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards last October in capturing the folk album of the year award for ‘Hide and Hair’.While living in Lebanon, the band spent a year boiling the roots of their sound to create a hybrid of traditional influences that aroused the curiosity of Lebanese audiences in some of the country’s biggest venues.


The Trials Of Cato are:Robin Jones  – Mandolin, tenor banjo, vocalsWilliam Addison – Irish Bouzouki, vocalsTomos Williams – Guitar, vocals
Tickets for the performance at https://www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk/eventsandshows/trials-of-cato-280220
or on https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/settlevictoriahall/the-trials-of-cato

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