Mike Heron and Trembling Bells: The Circle is Unbroken
|To coincide with Hux Records' release of Incredible String Band Live at Fillmore East, 1968 album, original ISB band member, Mike Heron is teaming up with Trembling Bells (Honest Jon's) to perform classic String Band material from their hugely influential first four albums. |
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 4 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 will be a spectacular evocation of the times in Heron's 70th birthday year.
Trembling Bells and Mike Heron
Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
March 27th, £10 adv, 8pm
There is also a 16mm screening of ISB film, Be Glad For The Song Has No End
And a performance from Stephanie Hladowksi and C Joynes
Tickets can be obtained here
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