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Grayshott Folk Club presents: The Trials of Cato

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Saturday 19 March 2022 - 19.30 - 22.15


Grayshott Village Hall

Grayshott Folk Club

Saturday 19th March 2022 @ 7.30pm


The Trials of Cato won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Album of The Year Award in 2019 for their debut album, “Hide & Hair”. The trio’s remarkable rise on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “The Sex Pistols of Folk,” (J. Davis), they pay respectful homage to the tradition, whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories. Their live performances are legendary….exciting and uplifting in equal measure. The Trials of Cato were formed in Beirut by three young musicians who were teaching English there. The original band comprised of Will Addison (Irish bouzouki), Robin Jones (mandolin) and Tomos Williams (guitar). They returned to the UK in 2016 and performed tirelessly up and down the country, honing their musical skills and developing their live act.

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 unnerving silence of the global pandemic…………….. Now, they have emerged from their chrysalis transformed. As ever, “The Trials” continue but Will Addison has left the band and been replaced by the hugely talented multi-instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton. Polly is a former member of The Magpies. Her nimble fingers (which master the fret board of the mandolin, banjo and Irish bouzouki), have added a new and exciting dynamic to the trio……as have her fantastic vocals. The Trials of Cato’s hotly-anticipated second album is scheduled for release later this year.

Entitled “Gog Magog”, the album is named both after the mythical giant of Arthurian legend and the Cambridgeshire hilltop, where the new album was conceived over lockdown. They’ll be coming to us hot on the heels of their appearance at Celtic Connections and a tour of Wales and Scotland.

“One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 “Fascinating stuff” – Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music “Swaggering… glossy results” – The Guardian “A band name on everyone’s lips” – fRoots

Listen to the first release, from their upcoming new album, called “The Boys of Bedlam” from the new-look Trials of Cato here;

And here is “Gloria”

At: Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr. HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6TZ

Tickets: Adults £16/Under 16s £8

Available from: Grayshott Post Office, Haslemere Bookshop OR Des O’Byrne Grayshott Folk Club 01428 607096

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