Three Cane Whale

An evening of candlelit acoustic folk with multi-instrumental acoustic chamber-folk Bristol trio Three Cane Whale.

Thursday 20th January 2022, 7.30pm
(doors 7pm, cafe open from 6.30pm)

Unreserved seating.
Tickets £17 (£15 advance) / Concessions £15 (£13 advance)

Tickets available online or in the shop at John Wesley’s New Room.

As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, Three Cane Whale’s multi-instrumental acoustic 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). Championed early on by Cerys Matthews, 3CW’s music has featured on BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6Music, as well as TV and film.

In 2019, the band recorded its fifth album,”303″, in a set of linked locations in South Somerset. They’ll be summoning up these resonant landscapes in their acoustic set at John Wesley’s New Room, as well as playing a selection from their extensive back-catalogue and some brand new material.

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.

“exquisite, elegant, atmospheric and charmingly quirky” (The Guardian)

Three Cane Whale performing in a church

Three Cane Whale are:

Paul Bradley – Acoustic guitar, miniature harp
Pete Judge – Trumpet, cornet, tenor horn, harmonium, dulcitone, lyre-harp, chimes, glockenspiels
Alex Vann – Mandolin, bowed psaltery, zither, bouzouki, tenor banjo, lute-harp

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