Multi-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale comprises Alex Vann (Spiro), Pete Judge (Get The Blessing) and Paul Bradley (Scottish Dance Theatre). It combines the influences of folk, minimalism, classical and film music to produce something “fascinating, remarkable, and impressively original” (The Guardian), in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).
The band’s eponymous debut album was recorded live in an eighteenth-century Bristol church, and chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her ‘Top Five Modern Folk Albums’ (Sunday Telegraph). Second album Holts and Hovers was recorded in 20 different locations, including churches, chapels, a greenwood barn, an allotment shed, the top of a Welsh waterfall, and the underside of a Bristol flyover. It was fRoots Editor’s Choice Album Of The Year 2013, one of the ‘Hidden Gems Of 2013’ in The Observer, and one of Acoustic Guitarist magazine's '20 Essential Folk Albums'.
In June 2015, 3CW recorded its third album, "Palimpsest", in Real World Studios in Wiltshire, with Adrian Utley from the band Portishead producing, and guest musicians Estonian violinist Maarja Nuut and British cellist James Gow augmenting the line-up on a number of tracks. Artwork for the album is by Dorset's Little Toller press, best-known for their gorgeous editions of old and new nature writing classics. 3CW are touring throughout the UK in early 2016, with Arts Council touring support.
For a taste of what to expect, check out a few of their older tracks below;
Three Cane Whale are:
Alex Vann – mandolin, bowed psaltery, zither, bouzouki, tenor banjo, hammered dulcimer
Pete Judge – trumpet, cornet, tenor horn, harmonium, dulcitone, lyre, chimes, glockenspiels
Paul Bradley – acoustic guitar, miniature harp
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