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In 2016 Cath Roberts was artist in residence at the Lancaster Jazz Festival, which has become a musicians’ favourite for its bold and diverse programming and its faith in audiences to embrace new music. One of Cath’s projects during this time was to create an amazing set of compositions for large ensemble, augmenting her established group Sloth Racket to a 10-piece for a performance at The Dukes theatre.

Encouraged by enthusiasm from all sides to keep the project alive, Cath created even more music, the band became Favourite Animals and recorded the project for the Luminous label in 2017, followed up with a tour alongside Anton Hunter’s Article XI.

Members are Dee Byrne, Julia Kjaer, Tom Ward, Sam Andreae, Graham South, Tullis Rennie, Anton Hunter, Seth Bennett & Johnny Hunter.