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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

News – Trembling Bells Tour

UK tour dates August 2012

Following the release of their collaborative album with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy 'The Marble Downs' on Honest Jon’s earlier this year, Glasgow troubadours Trembling Bells take to the road once more this August. Building on the successes of numerous releases the past few years, the restless band trace a path across the UK that takes in intimate venues and large festival shows.  

Encompassing aspects of all musical history, Trembling Bells synthesise seemingly disparate genres to create a sound that reanimates and reinvigorates the landscapes of Great Britain. Hocketing and hollering, they embrace the complex contours of Earlie Musik, the pastoral idyll of British folk and the bombastic swagger of classic rock, taking in country, American roots and electric psychedelia along the way. At the root of it all is a fascination with the power of vocal music, from modal medievalism to Hoagy Carmichael to Bruce Springsteen, the inventive ensemble celebrate the deep mysteries of Song.

The classically-trained tones of Lavinia Blackwall helm the band, supported by the evocative voice of chief songwriter and drummer Alex Neilson, while Simon Shaw on bass and Mike Hastings on guitar make up the pack. Originals, covers and traditionals will all feature.


Thurs 16th August – Manchester / Band of the Wall
25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JZ
Ticket Price: £8.50 + booking fee
with support Dan Haywood's New Hawks

Sat 18th August –Wales / Green Man Festival
Glanusk Park, Wales
Ticket Price: £145 + booking fee
Weblink: www.greenman.net

Tues 20th August – London / The Dalston Victoria
Queensbridge Road, London, E8 3AS
Doors: 8pm
Ticket Price: £10adv + booking fee (£1.50tbc)
Weblink: https://fan.musicglue.com/sale/saleproducts.aspx?productid=9df6216e-d3a7-43be-973d-bfe6619347a1&resellerid=d5dedeb6-00a0-4a0d-8e5e-ca4ffd894e0e 

Tues 21st August - York / The Duchess
Stonebow House, York YO1 7NP
Ticket price: £7.00 + booking fee

Wed 22nd August – Hebden Bridge / Trades Club
Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorks HX7 8EE
Ticket price: £10.00

Thurs 23rd August – Leicester / The Musician
42 Crafton Street West, Leicester LE1 2DE
Ticket price: £7.00

Fri 24th August – Near Swanage / Purbeck Folk Festival
Langton Matravers near Swanage BH19 3DU
Ticket price: £85.00

Sun 26th August – Somerleyton Estate / FolkEast Festival
Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 5QQ
Ticket price: £35.00 day/£96.00 weekend

Mon 27th August – Lancaster / The Yorkshire House
The Yorkshire House, Lancaster LA1 1DB
Ticket Price: £5 adv/£6
with support Dan Haywood's New Hawks

Tues 28th August – Dumfries  / The Venue 
 6/7 Church Place, Dumfries, DG1 1BW, t/f 01387 263623
Ticket Price: £8
Weblink: www.thevenuedumfries.co.uk
with support The Razorbills
Wed 29th August – Glasgow / Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 3JD
Ticket price: £8.00 + booking fee
Press quotes on Trembling Bells

When the sublime chaos of Trembling Bells catches flame, we’re all delighted bystanders
The Word

Remarkable for their soaring, folk-influenced melodies and for the clear, powerful singing of Lavinia Blackwall
The Guardian

Wry humor and melodrama abound among the cacophonous instrumentation and protean song structures…Quirky and challenging, yet ultimately rewarding
Pop Matters

It’s full of staccato piano, protracted, reverberating guitars, and heavy brass over constantly evolving drums; it is frenetic, uplifting and joyful, despite the pessimistic, damning indictments of love and hope…
The Skinny

The group do cast their net wider than British folk. The pounding punk-prog number Otley Rock Oracle, channelling Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride, belongs by virtue of its hallucinatory folkloric narrative. Cold Heart Of Mine's blues harp connects Americana with its European roots and Hastings' raga like licks look East. In the 21st century nothing can exist in splendid isolation. The Constant Pageant offers a poetic incantation of British identity far brighter than Michael Gove's proposed GCSE history syllabus
Stewart Lee

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