Interview: Cattle & Cane

  • Words: Jess Gruet

Teeside’s very own folk quintet Cattle & Cane are one of the North East’s most promising new bands. Since the release of their debut album ‘Home’, siblings Joe, Helen, Fran and Vin Hammil – along with their friend Tom Chapman on percussion – have already caused quite a stir in the North and are now making themselves known further afield. Self-confessed tea lovers, Cattle & Cane recently released their new video for ‘Birdsong’ and are about to embark on a UK tour. We caught up with Joe to find out a little more.

 

So, where did it all begin?

A few years ago! I wanted to start a band and I recruited three of my siblings to join and here we are today.

 

Tell us about the concept behind your new video. What inspired it?

Birdsong is about overcoming those tough obstacles in life and wanted that struggle to come across in the video. We’ve always loved the idea of dancing in a video and ballet really suited the song, we feel.

Have you always been a close-knit family? Is there any sibling rivalry?  

We’re all really close. There’s nine of us all together! But it wouldn’t be cost effective for us to take us all out on tour. Plus, not all of us are musical so that wouldn’t work either. We’re all quite competitive so there’s quite a bit of sibling rivalry but it’s healthy. We don’t often have punch-ups – just every now and again.

 

Instead of perfume and trainers, your merchandise has taken a different route… so tell us about your tea brand.

We love tea! It’s something we’ve always wanted to do and there’s an amazing independent shop in our home town “The Olde Young Tea House”. They do every flavour tea imaginable. So we made a blend with them and it sold out the first show we did, it was very popular!

 

How do you take your tea? Are you more of an English breakfast fan or do you prefer a fruitier alternative?

English breakfast all the way! Solves every problem we’ve ever had.

 

If you could pick anyone to have a brew with who would it be?

Peter Kay.

You recently released your debut album ‘Home’ – what’s next on the horizon?

Lots of shows and festivals, and then preparation for album number two. We’ll be heading over to Belgium to do some recording soon so we’re all super excited to start that.

 Thanks Joe!

Check out Cattle & Cane’s tour dates below. Tickets available on their website.

February 04 – SALTBURN – THE THEATRE ^

February 11 – LINCOLN – ENGINE SHED

February 12 – NEWCASTLE – THINK TANK *

February 13 – YORK – HOUSE CONCERT (Sold Out) ^

February 14 – LEYBURN – THE GARDEN ROOMS

February 15 – EDINBURGH – ELECTRIC CIRCUS

February 17 – MANCHESTER – GULLIVERS *

February 18 – CHESTER – THE COMPASS *

February 19 – BLACKBURN – KING GEORGES HALL *

February 20 – LIVERPOOL – STUDIO 2 *

February 22 – NOTTINGHAM – BODEGA

February 23 – LONDON – THE LEXINGTON

February 24 – HULL – THE ADELPHI

February 25 – DERBY – THE VENUE

February 26 – DONCASTER – DIAMOND LIVE

February 27 – AYTON – HEMELVAART BIER CAFÉ ^

February 28 – DURHAM – OLD CINEMA LAUNDERETTE (Sold Out)

* Support from Natalie McCool

^ Support from Tom Joshua