Climbing Trees blend multi-instrumentalism with pin-point harmonies to create their distinctive Cymrucana sound. Featuring Matthew Frederick, Colenso Jones and Martin Webb, the BBC Introducing favourites have made numerous television, radio and festival appearances over the past few years, as well as recording a live session at London's iconic Maida Vale Studios and performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Alongside soundtracking the BBC’s Real Valleys season and featuring in US documentary Fade To Winter, 2015 saw work begin on the eagerly-awaited and much-anticipated follow-up to 2013 debut 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 Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals.
Following the success of further singles Tracks, Amber and Lost, with each gaining airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, the Trees released second album Borders through Staylittle Music in the Summer of 2016 to rave reviews and a spot on the Welsh Music Prize shortlist. A coloured vinyl release of Borders' fifth and final single Fall accompanied live appearances in the UK, Europe and US during 2017 before an extended period of hibernation as the band focussed on various offshoots, solo and side projects.
The Trees made their long-awaited return in 2021 with the standalone single Troubling Times, followed by a super limited edition cassette release of 2018’s digital-only Borders: Acoustic B Sides EP, marking the fifth anniversary of Borders and the Trees’ first decade as a band. Here’s to the next one…
A really special band
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
A glistening musical experience
Dynamic, magnificent and stunning
From The Margins
If Steven Spielberg made music…
New Sound Wales
Gorgeous vocals ... a heart-warming treat
The sound of your soul soaring ... one of my new favourite bands
Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales
Incredible. Gospel country soul that soars with angels. Hallelujah!
David Owens, Media Wales
Marvellously expansive ... a wonderful spell they've cast over the entire nation
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
Homespun anthems, custom-built for careening along the Welsh coast at the height of summer with the window wound down and the volume zapped up
Wales Arts Review
The attention to detail makes every listen an adventure, with new highlights constantly emerging. They make instrumental rock at its finest
Climbing Trees continue to progress and perfect their unique sound ... richly entwined with lush melodies and glowing textures
Soaring melodies and sweeping harmonies of Climbing Trees ... leave an afterglow of purified bliss
A band that can be heralded as both culturally significant and historically rooted ... makes Climbing Trees such an exciting band for our time
Plugged In Magazine