Folk band formed in Beirut ready to head 'home' for Wrexham gig


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A band that formed in Beirut Lebanon in 2015, and who have since made a name for themselves in the UK, will be playing in Wrexham on Friday.

The Trials of Cato formed in Beirut while its members – including two from the Wrexham area – were teaching English there.

They spent a formative year performing traditional Celtic music on the Lebanese music scene and developing their sound.

After their debut they went on to regularly fill some of the city’s foremost music venues.

The Trials of Cato members Robin Jones, Wil Addison and Tomos Williams

Since returning to the UK last autumn their feet have hardly touched the ground, as they are booked up at folk venues and festivals across the country – based on a formidable live reputation.

They recorded their debut EP at the spiritual recording home of The Beatles – Abbey Road studios – a collection described as “one hell of a calling card” in press reviews.

They are now refining new material for their debut album while maintaining their busy gigging schedule.

The band’s live set includes both original and traditional material featuring fretted instruments alone to achieve a distinctive musical presence.

With tight instrumentation and rousing harmonies, the music is firmly rooted in the musical traditions of Ireland and Britain yet retaining a genuine contemporary edge.

Two band members? – guitarist Tomos Williams and Robin Jones (Mandolin and Tenor Banjo) – are originally from the Wrexham area, while Wil Addison (Irish Bouzouki, Tenor Banjo) is from Yorkshire.

They play a range of material – including some in Welsh – both original and traditional, with an accomplished vocal and instrumental style.

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The Trials of Cato will perform at Saith Seren?, Chester Street in Wrexham on June 9 at  8pm supported by Andy Hickie. 

The event is priced £6 to pay on the door.

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