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:
Previous support slots with Tom Odell, Seattle’s The Head and The Heart and Montreal’s Half Moon Run have helped Cattle & Cane build up a fan-base that propelled the unsigned band’s second album Mirrors into the top 20 of the Official UK Independent Album Chart earlier this year.
Cattle & Cane play King Tut’s on 15th September. We caught up with them to ask Five Quick Questions.
1. How will the acoustic tour be different from what you have done before on stage?
This is our first ever acoustic tour so it’s going to be really strange not having a drum kit behind us. We’ve always really loved stripping things back and we always have those type of tracks on our albums.
It’ll be a good chance to showcase those songs and also to do some alternative versions of the other songs from our albums.
2. You’re including some unusual venues on this tour, what’s the thinking there?
We just love playing somewhere a bit different! We’ve played launderettes, museums, tea shops, the lot! There’s always a cool vibe to them cause people aren’t really used to seeing shows in these intimate places.
3. What has the reaction been like to your album Mirrors?
We’ve been totally overwhelmed with the response. Our Pledge Music campaign reached 280% so we couldn’t have asked for much better than that! Having people like Dermot O’Leary and Elton John say nice things about it means a lot too.
4. What’s been your favourite gig so far?
Our headline show at The Sage – Gateshead back in May has to be my favourite so far. I have so many fond memories in that place so it was beautiful to do our own show there.
5. What comes next after your UK tour dates?
Lots more writing! And then we’ll be getting ready for our Germany tour in October.
Cattle & Cane Stripped Back Acoustic Tour
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