The remarkable rise of BBC2 award winning trio The Trials of Cato onto the UK folk scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed ‘the Sex Pistols of folk” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to tradition whist twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.
Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut, and spent a year honing their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in 2016 they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene.
Their debut album ‘Hide and Hair’ won Best Album of the Year in 2019 at the BBC 2 Folk Awards.
“one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times . ” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2