THREE CANE WHALE: ‘Think of the way light refracts through a raindrop. Intricate, atmospheric and simply beautiful. Four stars” (R2 magazine)
‘Snapshots of music that sound like they’ve been drawn from nature. A warming cinematic landscape, a magical journey. Rewarding listening indeed’ (Songlines)
Spellbinding multi-instrumental trio Three Cane Whale combine the influences of folk, minimalism, classical and film music to produce something “fascinating, remarkable and impressively original” (The Guardian), in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible”(The Observer).
Alex Vann (mandolin, bowed psaltery, bouzouki, zither, banjo etc) is mandolinist with Spiro (Real World Records). Pete Judge (trumpet, cornet, harmonium, lyre, dulcitone, tenor horn, glockenspiels etc) is trumpeter with Get The Blessing (Naim Records). Paul Bradley (acoustic guitar, miniature harp, tin whistle) is the one-man band for Scottish Dance Theatre.
The band’s eponymous debut album (Idyllic Records, 2010) was recorded live in an eleven-hour shift in an eighteenth-century Bristol church, chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her ‘Top Five Modern Folk Albums’ (Sunday Telegraph), and played on BBC Radio 4, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, RTE Ireland, and Resonance FM.
Second album Holts and Hovers (Fieldnotes Records, 2013) was recorded in 20 different locations in Dorset, Wales, London, Somerset and Bristol, including churches and chapels, kitchens and hilltops, a greenwood barn and an allotment shed, the top of a Welsh waterfall and the underside of a Bristol flyover. It was fRoots Editor’s Choice Album Of The Year 2013, and chosen by The Observer as “one of the hidden gems of 2013”. Tracks from Holts and Hovers have featured on BBC2’s Springwatch and BBC1’s The One Show.
The band composed the soundtracks to BAFTA-award-winning animator Emma Lazenby’s Channel 4 films “The History Of An Orange” and “Dogshaped”. They also composed the soundtrack for the Encounters (Bristol’s Short Film & Animation Festival) 2012 cinema trailer.