Northumberland Live is all about family entertainment – and one of the bands taking that literally is Cattle and Cane.
They are just one of the many acts which are performing at the free music festival on Blyth Links on Saturday, August 23.
Cattle and Cane’s music is marked by a timeless quality which is said can ‘shift even the hardest of hearts with their perfect, soaring harmonies’.
Joe Hammill provides intricately-picked guitars and soaring vocals alongside the keys and softer voice of his sister Helen, who adds an extra layer of lead vocals and keys. Fran Hammill brings powerful dynamism on electric guitar and backing vocals while Paul Wilson and Vinny Hammill constitute the backline with drums and bass guitar.
Cattle and Cane caught the ear of radio stations following the release of the debut album Sold My Soul.
The buzz continues to grow after sold-out shows and features on iTunes and BBC 6 Music.
In 2012, the band travelled to Beijing to play to an audience of thousands for the Chinese New Year, before signing to Sentric Publishing and going into the studio to work on their debut album.
Northeast Press, publisher of the Northumberland Gazette, has been running a search for the brightest of local talented musicians to take to the same stage as Cattle and Cane, The Christians and others at the festival.
Bands and solo artists have been submitting videos of their music and the lucky winner will have the opportunity of playing on stage with the professionals.
The shortlisted finalists will compete in a grand final at the Phoenix Theatre, Blyth on Friday, August 15, for a chance to take the stage at the festival the following weekend.