The Trials of Cato – Hide and Hair

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Hide and Hair is the debut album release from The Trials of Cato, a young trio comprising William Addison, Robin Jones and Tomos Williams, who recently stormed the UK folk scene after honing their craft in the unlikeliest of locations, Beirut. Originally from Yorkshire and North Wales, the trio have traversed a familiar route for adventure seeking British musicians, initially through busking and going on to play venues of varying sizes in Lebanon, where they were all working at the time, then returning to the UK supported by a strong and enthusiastic word of mouth following. With interweaving guitar and bouzouki, together with sweeping tenor banjo and mandolin flourishes, the songs and tunes are supported by dextrous musicianship throughout. With such familiar material as Graham Moore’s “Tom Paine’s Bones”, as well comparatively less familiar fare sung in both English and Welsh, notably “Gloria”, “Haf” and “These are the Things”, together with a rather sturdy reading of “My Love’s in Germany”, the trio appear to be on the cusp of great things.