Cattle & Cane

Officially formed in 2009, Cattle & Cane included four members of the same family, meaning their musical bond -- in a household rich with musical talent -- went way beyond that of your regular indie folk band. With Joe Hammill providing intricately picked guitars and soaring vocals alongside the keys and softer voice of his sister Helen, Cattle & Cane caught the ear of radio stations in and around the area of Teeside in the north east of England, following the release of the debut EP Sold My Soul. The group, which also includes Fran and Vinny Hammill on electric guitar and bass, respectively, and drummer Paul Wilson -- who isn't family member but did grow up across the road from the Hammills -- were then chosen by the BBC to play Scotland's T in The Park Festival in 2010. A string of airplay from the likes of BBC 6Music followed in 2011 once the band had released their self-titled EP. In 2012, Cattle & Cane traveled to Beijing to play for an audience of thousands for the Chinese New Year, before signing to Sentric Publishing and going into the studio to work on their debut full-length. ~ Daniel Clancy

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