Three Cane WhaleLive At Bristol Old Vic
As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, Three Cane Whale's music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).
Expect a stage strewn with upwards of 15 instruments (some familiar, such as trumpet, mandolin, & acoustic guitar; some beguilingly unusual, including the eerie bowed psaltery & a late-Victorian Scottish acoustic keyboard called the Dulcitone), allowing for some striking multiple instrumental combinations and an overall soundworld unlike any other.
Championed early on by Cerys Matthews, Three Cane Whale's music has featured on BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6Music, as well as TV and film, and they have toured and recorded throughout the UK, including a collaboration with thirteen filmmakers and visual artists for the 2017 Filmic Festival.
In December 2019, the band released its fifth album "303", recorded live in a set of linked locations in South Somerset (on the slopes and in the woodlands of Cadbury Castle hill-fort, in South Cadbury Church, and in a 12th century wayside chapel which is now a tea-room). They'll be bringing these resonant landscapes with them for their first live performances at Bristol Old Vic and also playing a selection from their extensive back-catalogue.
Ancient folk and contemporary classical ideas weave an entirely original new musical tradition.
Pay what you choose:
So everyone can access tickets to our Live At Bristol Old Vic programme, we're introducing a flexible pricing scheme for a number of events. Find out more about it here.
Three Cane Whale prices per table:
Table for 2 - £10 (Concession) / £20 (Standard) / £30 (Pay It Forward)
Table for 3 - £15 (Concession) / £30 (Standard) / £45 (Pay It Forward)
Table for 4 - £20 (Concession) / £40 (Standard) / £60 (Pay It Forward)
Table for 6 - £30 (Concession) / £60 (Standard) / £90 (Pay It Forward)
Single perch seat - £8
With reduced capacity, many of our shows sell out fast. If the show sells out, email our Box Office to be added to the waiting list.
Alex VannMandolin, bowed psaltery, zither, bouzouki, tenor banjo, hammered dulcimer, lute-harp
Pete JudgeTrumpet, cornet, tenor horn, harmonium, dulcitone, lyre, chimes, glockenspiels
Paul BradleyAcoustic guitar, miniature harp
★ ★ ★ ★
Musical miniatures imbued with the West Country landscape. Exquisite, within and without.
Songlines on 303 (2019)
★ ★ ★ ★
Exquisite, elegant, atmospheric and charmingly quirky.
The Guardian on Palimpsest (2016)
A very talented trio & a fantastic release. Spellbinding.
Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Record Review