LIVE REVIEW: Cattle & Cane @ Sage Gateshead (4.5.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The third night on the road and Cattle and Cane were really getting into their stride, playing in the North East on the eve of album number two in the beautiful Sage 2. The ten sided venue gives an intimate feel to the performance with the audience cradling the stage on three levels, and it as if both band and audience have brought a special energy to the room.

Originally from Norfolk, but luckily for us currently based in Durham, Soham De opened the evening. It is only the second time that I’ve seen him play, and once again I was entranced by his performance; delicate acoustic guitar and soulful heartfelt vocals. The quality of his performance is evident from the first song, capturing the ears and hearts of the audience who are respectfully silent. 

Cattle and Cane are back with album number two after a successful pledge campaign. The sound has progressed from their debut and the tracks have a strong upbeat, radio friendly, pop vibe.  Siblings Helen and Joe are centre stage, with Helen relishing her role away from the keyboard. She is comfortable and relaxed alongside Joe and the rest of the band, whether it is the ‘almost’ hometown gig and the familiar faces, or just the easy confidence that the band have gained from extensive touring. 

They opened their set with Love on Your Hands, track one from new album “Mirrors”, before playing a mixture of old and new. The audience sing along in all the appropriate places and listen attentively when the quieter When We Were Children is played. Between songs they tell stories of touring life amongst other things; how Helen is excited to have another girl on tour, their driver/tour manager Carli, and how “Today I did her hair, I never get to do your hair (Fran)”.  The encore starts with the three siblings in the band, Fran, Joe and Helen, playing a couple of quieter songs from the new album including the new crowd favourite Tonight We Dance (On Cleveland Hills).  One last song, Fool For You, a song that was played at the last home match for Middlesbrough at half time against Man City. It is a sing-a-long affair, hands clapping all around the room and a buoyant end to a great show.

Excitingly Cattle and Cane’s debut has made the mid-week album charts, so if you are considering getting the album but haven’t yet, now is your chance to put another North East band on the map.

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