The Trials of Cato
The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk scene, has been the subject of massive critical attention. They pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories. Formed in Beirut, The Trials of Cato, returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe to describe them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, received repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and 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 have emerged from their chrysalis transformed, with multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton in their ranks. 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 birthed over lockdown.