The Trials of Cato

Tucked within the very core of The Anvil in Basingstoke, The Forge is an intimate venue with superb clarity of sound. These two traits make it the perfect place to catch The Trials of Cato on their UK tour.

Beginning with ‘These are the Things’, songs made familiar by their Hide and Hair album formed the backbone of their performance. These were played with both precision and passion, and were book-ended with warm conversation.

Origins of several songs were explained to the audience, including ‘Gawain’, ‘The Drinkers’, and ‘My Love’s in Germany’; though ‘Valley Dogs’ was presented sans-description. The self-deprecating chat warmed the audience and allowed the three cavaliers of folk to show off some personality. The music itself was played with great dexterity and the feel for rhythm was exceptional.

Interspersed amongst the well-established folk excellence of the first album was a selection of new material, hinting the shape and sound of a new album due this year. This is great news for TTOC fans, because it seems like it will be full of rich textures and mind-blowing intricate musicianship that might even rival their debut.

You have until April 3rd to catch them on this leg of the tour, so visit their website to find a show near you.

Fenton
Steve Fenton was Editor in Chief for The Mag and also wrote for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues across the country alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.