Formed in the Summer of 2011, South Wales four-piece CLIMBING TREES soon came to the attention of BBC Introducing with the distinctive Cymrucana sound of their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album HEBRON. Recorded in isolation in the woods of Carmarthenshire, the band achieved playlisting across BBC Radio Wales before being announced as one of twelve artists to take part in the inaugural year of the BBC and Arts Council of Wales’ Horizons project in the Spring of 2014.
The following months saw appearances at Green Man Festival, Festival No.6 and The Hay Festival during a twenty-date summer tour which also included a triumphant performance at the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations in Laugharne Castle. A live session at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios followed shortly after, with a television appearance alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales rounding off a breakthrough year for the band.
As well as soundtracking the BBC’s Real Valleys season and featuring in American documentary Fade To Winter, 2015 saw work begin on the eagerly-awaited and much-anticipated follow-up to Hebron before a string of dates in support of lead single GRAVES, a track which also featured on the Reach Out: Welsh Rock For Refugees compilation alongside the likes of Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals.
The Trees released BORDERS through Staylittle Music in the Summer of 2016 to rave reviews and a spot on the Welsh Music Prize shortlist, spawning further successful singles in the form of TRACKS, AMBER and LOST and gaining airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. With the band recently returning from their first European trip and deep into another jam-packed festival season in support of latest single FALL, 2017 is continuing to be another big year for Climbing Trees.
Marking two years to the day since the release of their Welsh Music Prize shortlisted second album BORDERS, BBC Introducing favourites CLIMBING TREES have compiled four track EP BORDERS: Acoustic B Sides, available to stream and download across all major digital platforms from Sunday July 8th 2018.
Featuring stripped-back interpretations of their critically-acclaimed singles LOST, AMBER, TRACKS and GRAVES, which have gained airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, this compilation showcases the songs in embryonic form, replicating the band’s arrangements at their most intimate shows.With live appearances in the UK, Europe and US during 2017, the Trees have spent the first half of 2018 developing their various solo and side-projects, whilst the seeds of an eventual third album begin To form. Watch this space…
Climbing Trees – Fall
Climbing Trees – Graves
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