TREMBLING BELLS + DAN HAYWOOD'S NEW HAWKS +
Harvey Lord + Jo Gillot
The Yorkshire House
LANCASTER: The Yorkshire House
TUE 7TH DEC, 2010 8.30pm
Over 18s only
Trembling Bells joyously attempt to synthesise traditional folk forms with the bathetic romanticism of Country music, the deceptive complexity of Medieval music and the swagger of Classic Rock. The band (whose last two albums have been released by Honest Jon's) are at ease with such a open set of influences, effortlessly combining and personalising these superficially disparate musical forms generating a sound that is saturated in the myths and mysteries of their native terrain but also startlingly original.
Trembling Bells third album is set for a spring 2011 release and they also have a Christmas single impending, backing Incredible String Band member Mike Heron on his song ‘Feast of Stephen’ and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy singing the Trembling Bells song, ‘New Years Eve’s the Loneliest Night of the Year’.
For a start, traditional folk crossed with country, multiplied by the trickiness of medieval music and the swagger of classic rock. Anthemic visions of the British landscape as a fantastic and treacherous netherworld, set to vying country-style duets, Bowie-esque stomps and the mysterious, serpentine melodies of Earlie Musik.
'brilliant... concise, deeply romantic, totally original ****' (Mojo).
'freewheeling and delightfully quirky ****' (The Guardian).
'simply stunning... the greatest fusion of folk and glam rock that has ever been committed to tape. 4.5 stars' (The Sun).
'CD Of The Week... terrific... they take the antic forms, loosen them and make them arresting and new once more' (The Observer).
“A little country, a little folk, smidgens of baroque, Medieval “earlie musik,” and the odd dirty, old garage rock guitar are tossed together into a kaleidoscopic stew that traverses many genres with equal aplomb.” (Foxy Digitalis)
Carbeth got ‘debut album of the month’ (Uncut, July 2009), 4-star review in Mojo (May 2009), David Fricke’s ‘recommended album of the month’ (Rolling Stone, May 2009) and ‘recommended UK band for 2009’ (New York Times, 12/4/09). Carbeth has also appeared in several Best of 2009 charts (Uncut, Wire, The Times, Frieze magazine).
Trembling Bells have enjoyed much success since their inception in 2008. The band have gained favour with such musical titans as Joe Boyd, Paul Weller, The Unthanks and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy as well as unanimous critical acclaim for their first two albums, Carbeth and Abandoned Love (both on Honest Jons records). 2010 has seen the band travel to Brazil and SXSW, play triumphant gigs at UK festivals Glastonbury, End of the Road, Tapestry Goes West, Insider and ATP, various European engagements as well as a UK tour supporting Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Trembling Bells also featured heavily in the Wire cover story alongside Alasdair Roberts documenting the emerging experimental folk scene in Scotland (Caledonia Dreaming, March 2010), while also being mentioned in Rob Youngs book, Electric Eden.
Though the bands appeal isn’t restricted to such lofty publications, having received critical recognition from sources as diverse as The Sun (4****), The Observer (album of the month and recommendation for Mercury Music Prize 2010), The Times (4****), Froots, Uncut (4****), Mojo (4****).
Dan Haywood's New Hawks celebrate the release of their long-awaited 32 song album available as 180 gram triple vinyl and double CD on 6 December 2010. Download available from January 2011. Catalogue number TMBR015, distributed via Cargo. They have previously supported Alasdair Roberts, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Baby Dee, the Handsome Family and more.
See them in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVbAMV87Veo
Harvey Lord has had critically acclaimed releases through Reverb Worship and Autumn Ferment Records and will be performing solo this time.
Jo Gillot is a great young singer-songwriter who has already done a live session on BBC Radio 2, with Steve Lamacq revelling in her being 'an astonishing new voice'.
Do not miss this! Live music starts shortly after doors open, 8.30pm