Weds 5 June: Three Cane Whale

★★★★★ fRoots Magazine / ★★★★ The Guardian / ★★★★ The Independent On Sunday / ★★★★The Telegraph / ★★★★ The Mail On Sunday / ★★★★ The Financial Times / ★★★★ The Irish Times / ★★★★ Songlines

The Slaughtered Lamb
34-35 Great Sutton St, Clerkenwell, EC1V 0DX
Ph: 020 7253 1516
10.00 adv  BUY NOW / 12.00 door
Nearest tube Farringdon, 5 mins walk
Doors open 7.30 pm. Music from 8.15 pm sharp.

Please note, the venue consists of both seated and standing areas. To ensure a seat please arrive by 7.30 pm.



Three Cane Whale is a multi-instrumental acoustic chamber-folk trio based in Bristol, UK. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, their music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).

Expect a stage strewn with upwards of 15 instruments (some familiar, such as trumpet, mandolin, & acoustic guitar; some beguilingly unusual, including the eerie bowed psaltery & a late-Victorian Scottish acoustic keyboard called the Dulcitone), allowing for some striking multiple instrumental combinations and an overall soundworld unlike any other.

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’.

2016’s “Palimpsest” album was recorded in Real World Studios in Wiltshire, with Adrian Utley from the band Portishead producing, and artwork by Dorset’s Little Toller press (best-known for their gorgeous editions of old and new nature writing classics). “Palimpsest” received 4-star reviews in The Guardian, The Independent On Sunday, The FT, The Irish Times, The Mail On Sunday, Songlines, and The Telegraph, and was a 5-star Playlist Choice in fRoots.

At the end of 2016, “Three Cane Whale: Live At The Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill” was chosen as the inaugural release on Kelston Records, and described as ” a fantastic release” on BBC Radio 3‘s Record Review. In 2017, the band collaborated with 13 filmmakers and visual artists on short films to accompany live performances, and toured the project throughout the UK.

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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