Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Folk legend Mike Heron gets his big break

DON'T tell folk legend Mike Heron to break a leg before he goes onstage at Oran Mor – because he's already broken an arm

Mike Heron, back centre, with  Trembling Bells
Mike Heron, back centre, with Trembling Bells

The former Incredible String Band member is back in Glasgow to play with local folk rockers Trembling Bells, having debuted their latest collaboration, The Circle Is Unbroken, at Celtic Connections earlier this year. But after the first gig of their current tour Mike crocked himself.

"It was one of those cracks in the pavement, and I just caught it and fell," he explains. "I went to hospital, where they re-set my arm so I can get a couple of gigs done, and now they've wired a couple of the bones together. All it's got to do is heal now."

Yet the 70-year-old, whose music has influenced many acts, reckons the break has delivered an unexpected benefit to the band. "There were a few teething problems when we started [in January] but we're slicker now," he explains. "What's happened is that with the broken arm I can concentrate on my singing over the guitar playing, and I don't think they really need me playing.

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