Following two sold out shows at the Kitchen Garden Café we are excited to bring back Trembling Bells with Mike Heron (of The Incredible String Band) to present ‘The Circle Is Unbroken’ at the Hare & Hounds for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer Of Love’ in 1967.
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 promises to be a spectacular evocation of the times.
Support comes from Ed Askew is a painter and singer-songwriter who resides in New York City. Born in Stamford, Connecticut the Yale-educated hippie painter has hitchhiked, taught at art school and been working on new music in New York City for the past three decades.
Following a re-discovery in the early Aughts, releases of classic recordings by De Stijl and Drag City, and tours with Bill Callahan and the Black Swans, Ed Askew is fully on the scene. He released For The World, his first ever non-solo album, in the summer of 2013 to critical acclaim. Pitchfork and many other high-profile music media have praised his work, labelling him as a NY legend.
He re-released acid-folk masterpiece Ask the Unicorn in 2015. This first-ever, fully-remastered reissue had been awaited internationally for over 30 years. Ed toured Europe with his trio in support of this release and in anticipation of his forthcoming second studio album of new songs, featuring Josephine Foster, on Tin Angel Records.
(PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LIMITED SEATING SHOW AT THE HARE & HOUNDS)