7 March – THE TRIALS OF CATO
A welcome return for a revelation!
“One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
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.
14 March 2020 – BRONWYNNE BRENT
Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, American roots song- writer BRONWYNNE BRENT has the kind of stop-in-your-tracks voice that sounds like Southern sunshine.
There’s a hint of Delta blues behind the ache in her songs, a glimpse of honky-tonk twang, an echo of riverboat can-cans, a whiff of Morricone, and an atmosphere of the darker side of country songwriting. Harkening back to the glory days of Lee Hazlewood and Gram Parsons, Brent’s songs tap into the dark undercurrent of country that starts with old Appalachian murder ballads and continues to today’s current crop of psychedelic country songwriters.
Like a Juke Joint Nancy Sinatra, Bronwynne Brent unites all the best elements of Southern American roots music, and ties these many different influences into a sound that’s comforting and refreshing.
Dear all, with all the uncertainty surrounding us during this dreadful health crisis, we’ve decided to postpone our programme until September 2020. Even with a possible lifting of the lockdown there is a very concerning lack of knowledge of the Coronavirus and so we feel it’s the safest and most sensible option for us to take.
All being well we’ll be back in 5 months with an excellent schedule of the finest folk and roots music for you to enjoy.
In the meantime, PLEASE stay safe.
Roots Music Club