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Published 6th Dec 2017

Cattle & Cane Christmas

Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Cattle & Cane’s hometown Christmas gigs have become the thing of legend on their native Teesside and this year, they’re taking their festive shows on the road for a run of sold-out dates across the north. What’s more, they’ve also recorded a sumptuous cover of ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’:

“We love Christmas – it really is our favourite time of the year!” explains Helen. “There’s always such an amazing atmosphere at our Christmas gigs, so we can’t wait to head out on the road again this December” she added.“We recorded ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ on a warm July day – we hadn’t told the producer we were doing a Christmas song, so I think he was pretty surprised!” said Joe. “It’s one of our favourite Christmas songs though, so it was great fun to record” he added.

Over the past year, Cattle & Cane have picked up radio plays from the likes of Elton John (Beats 1), Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2), Frank Skinner (Absolute Radio), Janice Long (BBC Radio 2), John Kennedy (Radio X), Gary Crowley (BBC London) and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music), as well as extensive support from Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing, who recently syndicated the band across every regional BBC station as their Artist of the Week on the Georgey Tonight show.

2017 has also seen the band record a live session for Vintage TV and be playlisted by BT TV music, as well as featuring on shows such as Sunday Brunch, Made In Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex. Further media support came with coverage in The Independent, The Sun, Metro, Music Week, Record Of The Day, Clash, The Big Issue, UMA, Digital Tour Bus, The Upcoming and many more, not to mention brand partnerships with Barbour and Vauxhall, ensuring that Cattle & Cane continue to pick up the kind of critical acclaim that most unsigned bands can only dream of.

On Spotify, recent singles Love On Your Hands, 7 Hours and Saviour have accumulated over 2 million streams and featured in playlists such as New Music Friday UK, Your Coffee Break and Feelgood Pop. 7 Hours also hit Spotify’s Viral Chart in Germany and Austria, landing the top spot in the latter.

It’s on the live stage where Cattle & Cane really come into their own and their recent headline tours have seen 'sold-out’ signs pop up all over the UK, most notably with 1,000 fans attending their show at The Middlesbrough Empire. It's not just about the big stage, though, with the band's September tour including gigs in launderettes, libraries and delis!

Further tours in 2017 with The Head and The Heart and Jake Isaac, as well as support slots with Brian Wilson, Tom Odell and The Shires have enabled the band to continue to grow their fanbase - a fanbase which helped propel sophomore album Mirrors into the top 20 of the Official Independent Album Chart back in May, thanks in part to a successful PledgeMusic campaign which hit 280% of its original target.

The relentlessly hard-working band will be back out on the road again for a handful of special stripped back Christmas shows this December:

Saturday 2nd December - Hemelvaart – Ayton, Scottish Borders (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 7th December – Old Cinema Launderette – Durham (SOLD OUT)
Friday 8th December - House Concert – York (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 9th December - Georgian Theatre – Stockton (SOLD OUT)
Monday 11th December - Holy Trinity Church - Leeds
Saturday 16th December - Mining Institute – Newcastle (SOLD OUT)

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