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Published 19th Jul 2017

Cattle and Cane announce acoustic tour in september

Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Cattle & Cane are heading out across the UK for an acoustic tour this September. Joe and Helen will be joined by their brother Fran on piano and guitarist Thom Fripp for the stripped-back dates, which include four shows with Jake Isaac as well as, amongst others, intimate gigs in a launderette, a library and a deli:

13th September - Old Cinema Launderette - Durham
14th September - Secret Show - Scotland
15th September - King Tut’s - Glasgow *
16th September - Reference Library - Middlesbrough
17th September - Night & Day - Manchester *
18th September - Thekla - Bristol *
19th September - Folklore Sessions - Brighton
20th September - Islington Assembly Hall - London *
22nd September - Snails Deli - Cardiff
23rd September - Yorfest - York ^

* with Jake Isaac
^ with The Shires & Badly Drawn Boy


“We're really flattered that Jake asked us to join him for his September shows” said Helen. “We all adore his album ‘Our Lives’ so it’ll be amazing to play with him in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London” she added.

Previous support slots with chart-topper Tom Odell, Seattle’s The Head and The Heart and Montreal’s Half Moon Run have helped Cattle & Cane build up a loyal and passionate following – a fan-base that propelled the unsigned band’s sophomore album ‘Mirrors’ into the top 20 of the Official UK Independent Album Chart earlier this year thanks, in part, to a successful PledgeMusic campaign which reached an impressive 280% of its target.

“We’ve really enjoyed playing some of the quieter songs from Mirrors like 'Tonight We Dance', ‘Paper Man' and 'Time To Get It Over With' at a few house concerts and in-stores recently, so we can’t wait to play them on this acoustic tour” said Helen. “When you strip the songs back to three voices, a piano and a couple of guitars, it really lets our sibling harmonies come to the fore” added Joe.

‘Time To Get It Over With’ on Spotify

Taken from ‘Mirrors’, which was produced by Luuk Cox at ICP Studios in Brussels and mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios in London, ‘Time To Get It Over With’ was co-written with Gill Landry (ex-Old Crow Medicine Show) after he’d played a gig in Cattle & Cane’s hometown of Middlesbrough last year.

“We loved Gill’s set so much that we invited him back to our practice room after his show!” explains Helen. “We stayed up all night playing music together, sharing tour stories and drinking a lot of English Breakfast Tea, and the result was Time To Get It Over With” added Joe.

2017 has been a pretty exciting year for Cattle & Cane, with Elton John declaring his love for album opener ‘Love On Your Hands‘ on Beats 1 and ‘7 Hours’ picking up numerous radio-plays from long time champion Dermot O’Leary, who previously showcased the band on his ‘Saturday Sessions’ compilation following a live session on BBC Radio 2. ‘7 Hours’ also passed the 1 million streams milestone on Spotify in less than 6 months, while ‘Fool For You’ picked up coverage from Sunday Brunch, Made In Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex. Furthermore, the video was also playlisted by BT TV and earned the band a live session on Vintage TV.

With extensive support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and Amazing Radio, Cattle & Cane have been heavily championed by the BBC Introducing team and previously performed on their stages at T In The Park and BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. They’ve also appeared at acclaimed tastemaker events such as Reeperbahn Festival, Live At Leeds and Evolution Emerging, as well as at some of the UK’s finest boutique festivals including Cornbury, Deer Shed, Twisterella, Stockton Calling and Bingley Music Live.

Before September’s acoustic tour, Cattle & Cane still have some full band festival shows to come this summer and a tour of Germany in October:

23rd July - Tramlines - Sheffield (PRS Momentum Stage at O2 Academy)
6th August - Live From Times Square - Newcastle (with Brian Wilson and Seasick Steve)
19th August - Hardwick Live - County Durham (with Ocean Colour Scene and Peter Doherty)
26th August - Chase Park Festival - Gateshead (with The Coral and Little Comets)

23rd October - Mojo Jazz Cafe - Hamburg
24th October - Das Bett - Frankfurt
26th October - Cafe Galao - Stuttgart
27th October - Subway - Köln
28th October - Swamp - Freiburg
29th October - Kantine Berghain - Berlin
30th October - Pension Schmidt – Münster

(Photo credit: Junior Ayub)

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