The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, whilst living in Lebanon they spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues.
They moved back to the UK and spent a tireless year performing 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 musical development in the run up to their debut album proper has been swift and sure – Hide and Hair is due for release later in 2018.
Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show “invariably stuns audience wherever they play.'” Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own club shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.
“One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“The Trials of Cato are a revelation” – Fishguard Folk Festival
“One of the tightest and most invigorating bands on the circuit today” – Artree
“Highly recommended ” – Celtic Music Radio
“Head and shoulders above the rest ” – NU.nl
“Invariably stun audiences wherever they play ” – FATEA Magazine
“Good singers, wonderful players, but above all clever writers and arrangers ” – Bright Young Folk
“There is so much potential here ” – Folking.com
“Substantial musicianship, engaging vocals ” – Folk Words
“Rousing and hugely talented ” – Americana UK