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). Their four albums have attracted critical acclaim across the press, and epithets including "enchanting" (Songlines), "exquisite" (The Guardian), and "spellbinding" (fRoots). The trio includes members of Spiro, Get The Blessing, and Scottish Dance Theatre, hinting at the diversity of musical influences it encapsulates. 

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. 

They have recorded in churches & chapels, in greenwood and stone barns, beside waterfalls and on Iron Age hill-forts, as well as in Real World Studios in Wiltshire. Their eponymous debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums; Holts And Hovers was fRoots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013, one of The Observer’s “Hidden Gems Of 2013”, and one of Acoustic Guitarist magazine’s 20 Essential Folk Albums; Palimpsest was chosen by The Telegraph as one of the ‘Best Folk Music Albums Of 2016″, whilst Live At The Old Barn (2016) was described by BBC Radio 3's Record Review as "a fantastic release". 

The band's music has often been described by critics and audiences as "cinematic", rooted as it is in specific landscapes and journeys, and has featured on countless BBC radio and TV programmes (as well as forming the entire soundtrack to a full-length Cornish feature-film). Now they're bringing film into the heart of their live performance: commissioned by and produced in partnership with St George's Bristol, the Watershed, and the 2017 Filmic Festival, Three Cane Whale's  'At The Pictures' project sees the band performing live to twelve brand new short films created by thirteen filmmakers & visual artists in response to 3CW tunes of their choice - including cutting-edge animations, lo-fi shadow-puppetry, alfresco contemporary dance, and slowly shifting landscapes from Cornwall to the Lofoten Islands.

Friday 26th Jan - Sunday 11th February
Autumn dates TBC
Also available for one-off, mini-tour and festival bookings throughout the year

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