The Trials of Cato

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Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 before 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, 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. As ever, ‘The Trials Continue’ – but this time the multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks.

The Trials of Cato’s hotly anticipated second album released in winter 2022. Entitled Gog Magog, the album 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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“One of the most impressive debut folk albums of the year”


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“One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times”

Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

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“Swaggering… glossy results”

The Guardian

support: Hannah Scott

From Suffolk via Italy, Hannah Scott performs contemporary folk music and is building a loyal following thanks to her distinctive voice, strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Her music has been heard in the hit TV series, Grey’s Anatomy, on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music including a live session on Dermot O’Leary’s show. Praise for her work has arrived from publications such as MOJO, The Guardian and Clash, and her arresting live performances have earned her support slots for the likes of Seth Lakeman, Madeleine Peyrouxand 10cc.