The Trials of Cato: Up-and-coming folk trio formed in Beirut to play Birmingham and Shropshire

By Kirsten Rawlins | Music | Published:

An up-and-coming band founded in Lebanon will play Birmingham next week, with live dates in Shropshire and Mid Wales later in the year.

The Trials of Cato

The Trials of Cato, formed in Beirut back in 2015, were described by BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe as 'one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times'.

The group, whose music is described as being 'firmly rooted in the traditions of Ireland and Britain' with a contemporary twist, is made up of three men who created the band while teaching English in Lebanon.

See the band play Tom Paine's Bones here:

The Trials of Cato - Tom Paine's Bones

Following their debut performance on Radio Beirut in September 2015, they went on to regularly fill some of the city's top music venues.

The trio will play The Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham on Wednesday (January 24).

They also have concerts coming up in Shropshire and Mid Wales over the next 12 months: Focus Wales Festival in Wrexham on May 11; Saith Seren (also in Wrexham) on June 22; and Festival at the Edge in Whitchurch on July 20.

Tickets to see the band at The Red Lion Folk Club in Kings Heath cost £12 and can either be bought on the door or purchased online here

For more on the band, or to see a full list of their upcoming concert dates, click here

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins

Digital Content Manager for the Shropshire Star and Express & Star. Also reviews concerts and events, as well as writing features and celebrity interviews. E-mail me at, or phone 01952 241440.


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