Mike Heron & Trembling Bells: The Circle is Unbroken is an artistic cross-pollination of rare and popular material from the Incredible String Band and Trembling Bells song books and much more besides. This concert promises to be a spectacular evocation of the times in Heron's 70th birthday year, and the start of an on-going collaboration.
Few bands could be said to embody the spirit of the 1960s more comprehensively than the Incredible String Band. Albums such as 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter' or 'Wee Tam and the Big Huge'- gave the hippy generation some of their most emblematic anthems.
The breadth of their appeal is huge, with admirers as diverse as Robert Plant (Led Zepplin) and Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury). One of the new generation of bands indelibly influenced by the music of ISB is the Glasgow based 4 piece Trembling Bells (“The greatest fusion of folk and glam rock that has ever been committed to tape”. The Sun). as heard on their acclaimed albums 'Abandoned Love' and 'The Constant Pagent'.
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.
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