TREMBLING BELLS

Moseley Folk 2017 - Trembling Bells

“The Aire was a sanctuary for me,” Trembling Bells’ founder Alex Neilson recently told Folk Radio about the river that passes through his hometown of Leeds. “I grew up on a council estate in Bramley and the river was five minutes away. As a teenager I’d listen to the Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart and Incredible String Band while walking my dogs along the banks. These were the things that moulded me and sent me on a certain path in life.”

Critically acclaimed, Trembling Bells are a Glasgow-based indie-folk-rock band who have been winning rave reviews since Neilson drew them together in 2008. Their five albums, Carbeth, Abandoned Love, The Constant Pageant, The Sovereign Self and Wild Majestic Aire have all been extremely well received, with The Guardian calling The Constant Pageant “particularly fantastic, like a faerie-friendly Stereolab spiked with lurid Italian prog”. They were formed by Alex Neilson, who has worked extensively with Alasdair Roberts and Richard Youngs as well as drumming for Will Oldham. Joining Neilson are Lavinia Blackwall (keyboard, guitars and vocals), Michael Hastings (guitar and vocals), Simon Shaw (bass and vocals) and Alasdair Mitchell (keyboard, guitar and vocals). Anyone who remembers their Moseley Folk performance of 2013 will agree with The List, who have called their live shows “some of the most affecting, eccentric, spiritual music we have… like the sound of God tuning up”.

The band have numerous famous fans including The Unthanks and Paul Weller, who they have supported, and they are best known by some for their collaborations with The Incredible String Band’s Mike Heron and Will Oldham, with whom they released 2012 album The Marble Downs. Consequence of Sound called it “an album overflowing with enough compositional styles to boggle the mind of a novice music history student, but it’s an exquisite tangle of samplings, woven together masterfully”.