The Mountains & The Trees – Ashburner Club, Hackney, London – 24 May 2010
The night of 24 May I finally got to see The Mountains & The Trees at the second attempt. The show formed part of a folk night at an abandoned pub in Lower Clapton and had the intimacy of a house concert which in a way it was as the pub is the hosts’ home.
After a song from the organiser and a set from Otto who performed Brazilian (and at least one Argentinian) folk songs, it was time for TM&TT’s first London show.
Jon and Jill started out with 3 songs from the Hop,Skip & Jump EP – Hospital, Apartment and Goodbye Little Town before moving on to play some tunes from the new CD (“I Made This For You”), a new song – written the previous Sunday – and finishing up on a chair and piano respectively for Up And Down.
The whole set was 100% acoustic with Jon playing guitar, harmonica and banjo and Jill on guitar, percussion, melodeon and piano. There’s an easy familiar warmth about their sound; as if you’ve known the songs for a long time even as you’re hearing them for the first.
And when they sing it sounds like they’ve sung together for ever. I had pretty high expectations for this show and they met them.
I stopped and chatted for a bit and bought the new CD. They’re very friendly and approachable. The next night TM&TT played Kentish Town and then they’re touring in the UK (www.rockandroots.com) back in London at the Albert & Pearl for Softly Softly on 2 June and the Slaughtered Lamb on 14 June. In the calendar. They’re planning to be back in Europe in the Autumn. And hopefully many more times after that.