Treebeard

Treebeard

 Sheffield, England, GBR
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Treebeard play 'Heavy Wood' a mix of folk, pop & rock traditional, contemporary & original songs & tunes on a range of acoustic instruments.

Biography

Treebeard was formed in 1998 by Haze & World Turtle brothers Chris & Paul McMahon plus Paul Chisnell (of Haze), and were joined in 2006 by Ceri Ashton and in 2010 by Catrin Ashton (of The Outlandish Knights & Hiraeth).

The band play original compositions as well as a selection of rock, pop, folk (& even country!) songs & tunes on a variety of acoustic instruments, including “The Ace of Spades” on fiddle & accordion, and Russian & Croatian tunes on giant balalaikas.

They are regulars on the beer festival circuit, playing Sheffield, Derby, Tamworth, Newark, Stockport, Lincoln, Stoke & Barnsley festivals, as well as performing at Earls Court for the Great British Beer Festival, and at the Cropredy fringe in 2008.

The band were also featured on the Cropredy special cover disc of Rock’n’Reel (R2) magazine in the summer of 2009 with the track “Fallen Leaves”.

They describe their style as 'Heavy Wood', and released their second CD 'Reel Ale’ on Gabadon Records in April 2010. Their track ‘Train’ is also featured on the ‘Forged in Sheffield’ folk compilation CD, and video for “Over The Hills” has won the runner up prize in the 2 weeks 2 make it filmmaking competition 2011.

In 2012 Paul Chisnell retired & was replaced by Paul McMahon’s son Danny on the drums,

Line-up:-
Danny McMahon - drums.
Chris McMahon - 12 string acoustic guitar, bouzouki, balalaika, accordion, vocals.
Paul McMahon - semi acoustic bass, contra bass balalaika, vocals.
Ceri Ashton - flute, whistle, 5 string fiddle, vocals.
Catrin Ashton - fiddle & flute

Discography

Heavy Wood CD - Gabadon Records 2004
Reel Ale CD - Gabadon Records 2010