The front cover of the debut album from The Climbers features a paper boat. Such a flimsy construction doesn’t feel an appropriate vessel for an ever-expanding band that features members of The Leisure Society, The Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Miserable Rich, Shoreline and more.
Are they an off-shoot of the alt-folk Wilkommen Records or maybe its essence? It’s difficult to call. With three different lead vocalists and such a large number of players (22 in the studio) there are many textures and moods to their orch-folk-pop which ably sums up many of the acts of that Brighton-based label. Tonight The Climbers make their Manchester debut at Chorlton’s folk-bar Dulcimer.
If a Wilkommen supergroup wasn’t enough alt-folk or performers to fit on the small Dulcimer stage also on the bill is the stirring folk-rock of seven-piece The Mariner’s Children and the London four-piece Tristram – the latter recently described by The Guardian as “Mumford meets Mogwai”. A brief listen reassures that this is far better than it sounds on paper.
Tonight is a Hey Manchester promotion and advance tickets are just £6. Doors 7.30pm
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