Trembling Bells are a psych folk phenomenon. The Glasgow based quintet have released six albums since 2008 (if you include their latest mini-album), all to unanimous critical acclaim. Their debut album Carbeth received album of the month nominations in Uncut, Observer and Rolling Stone magazines and the group have earned praise from artists as diverse as Paul Weller, Stewart Lee and Joe Boyd.
They have been the backing band of choice for some of the most influential and innovative musicians of the last 50 years. Some of these include Incredible String Band, Kaleidoscope and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, with whom the band recorded the 2012 collaborative album The Marble Downs.
Since their inception Trembling Bells have toured extensively around UK, Europe, North and South America including shows in New York, Sao Paolo and SXSW. 2015 was a particularly bumper year, with a slew of summer festivals under their belts in support of their fifth album, The Sovereign Self, including a stellar performance at Glastonbury which gained them “Album of the Week” by Alexis Petridis of The Guardian. The Sovereign Self shows the band at their most adventurous and dynamic, fusing dark psychedelic expansiveness with some joyous folk salutations.
Their latest album, Wide Majestic Aire, the follow up to 2015’s The Sovereign Self, was released in April, taking inspiration from about as far as field as you could imagine.
The band have big plans for 2016 including a live album and an Alex Neilson solo album as well as a lot of touring and festival slots.
Trembling Bells perform at The Deaf Institute on 15 June 2016.