MIKE HERON AND THE TREMBLING BELLS

Moseley Folk 2017 - Mike Heron & Trembling Bells

Few bands could be said to embody the spirit of the 1960s more comprehensively than the Incredible String Band. On albums such as ‘The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter’ or ‘Wee Tam and the Big Huge’- with their epic perspectives, pantheistic lyrics and visionary synthesis of musical forms- ISB gave the hippy generation some of their most emblematic anthems. The breadth of their appeal is beguiling, with admirers as diverse as Robert Plant (Led Zepplin) and Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury) professing a long term love affair with the band. In 2010 Fledg’ling reissued their first 4 albums to unanimous critical acclaim, ensuring their appeal to successive generations of fans. One of the new generations of bands indelibly influenced by ISB is the Glasgow based 5 piece Trembling Bells.

The Bells first joined forces with founder member, Mike Heron, in 2010 at “A Very Cellular Song”- the Joe Boyd curated celebration of ISB material at The Barbican, London. Since then they have played at Stewart Lee’s “Austerity Binge”, Cecil Sharp House and recorded a 7″ single of Heron’s ‘Feast of Stephen’, cementing their kinship.

Mike Heron & Trembling Bells: The Circle is Unbroken promises to cover rare and popular material from the ISB song book and much more besides. This promises to be a spectacular evocation of the times.