The Trials of Cato

Starts in

October 2, 2022


The Square Tower

The Square Tower Broad Street Old Portsmouth Hants PO1 2JE

02392 382888

“One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times!”

(Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2)

Show Date: Sunday 2nd October 2022

Doors Open 7.15pm Show Starts: 7.45pm.

Tickets £15 (advance), £17 on the door (if not sold out).

Tickets available securely online at: 

Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Harbour Records in Emsworth. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888

“The Trials Of Cato are about to hit the earth’s atmosphere with a bang, so sit back and enjoy the fireworks!”


We’re thrilled to finally announce this show with a band that have been getting rave reviews wherever they have played, and if you saw them recently on the Celtic Connections TV programme then you’ll know just how special they are! It’s going to sound epic in the Square Tower!

“A band name on everyone’s lips - few debut albums have as much vitality and impact!”



The remarkable rise of BBC Radio 2 award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed "the Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.

Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.”

Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, receives repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and won Best Album at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

“One of the most impressive debut folk albums of the year!”


Following a year of wall-to-wall touring across the UK, Europe, and North America in 2019, the band’s march was halted by the live silence of the global pandemic. Now, they emerge from their chrysalis transformed. As ever, ‘The Trials Continue’ - but this time the multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks.

The Trials of Cato’s hotly anticipated second album is scheduled for release later this year. Entitled Gog Magog, the album is named both after the mythical giant of Arthurian legend and the Cambridgeshire hilltop, where the new album was birthed over lockdown.

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