Born in England, son of an Essex folk singer, Seamus Cater was surrounded by English revivalist folk music from day one. He studied music in his early twenties, and spent about 10 years as a jazz musician, playing composed and improvised music. Eventually, he decided this music was not for him, and started to make electronic music as an alternative. He eventually moved to Amsterdam in 2000, where he has been working on different kinds of music; acoustic, electronic, composed and improvised. Prior to his Annihaya debut, "The Three Things You Can Hear", Cater released two albums in recent years, with NYC banjoist Woody Sullender (2010) and Finnish multi-instrumentalist Viljam Nybacka (2012). He organizes two Amsterdam concert series, DNK-Amsterdam and Pest House, and regularly creates performances with Koen Nutters and the DNK Ensemble. It is during one of those performances that he met Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin, founders of Annihaya Records. He is also the founder of Nearly Not There Records, a small stock, non-profit record shop in Amsterdam, specializing in new music in many forms, mostly avant-garde and experimental. Recorded in Amsterdam and Berlin, "The Three Things You Can Hear" is a solo album, consisting of a group of songs developed over a period of about three years. They were written and performed using a duet concertina made in 1941, found in a junk shop in Amsterdam, serial number Crabb 9807. Given Cater's folk music background, and the fact that his father also played a concertina, it was a fortuitous event to find an instrument such as this, a black leather squeeze-box made in London. The slow repair and learning of this instrument led to a close relationship and unconventional playing style. Not a virtuoso on this instrument, Seamus set out to find simpler, more primitive techniques of playing, and as the songs became 'ready', he invited some Berlin musicians to accompany him on different songs. The album includes contributions from Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke (The International Nothing), Koen Nutters and Morten J. Olsen (from The Pitch), and Johnny Chang (of Konzert Minimal). "The Three Things You Can Hear" is inevitably influenced by folk, jazz and reductionist music. When asked about the influences that informed the making of the album, Cater mentions British folk musicians Ivor Cutler and Peter Bellamy, as well as music from other cultures, chiefly African, Arabic, South American, Indonesian... His distinctive phrasing recalls at times the fragile music of Robert Wyatt's solo releases, and at others the elaborate folk constructions of Peter Blegvad and John Greaves, more particularly their surreal concept album from 1977, "Kew. Rhone."