Brand new song live clip!

Have a listen below to a live acoustic version of a brand new Trestles tune. ‘Michael’ will be recorded for the band’s second album in 2012 –
but as a little tribute to REM, we’ve posted a recent live clip of Al O’Hare singing the song in Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery.

Here’s a little explanation from Al too: “I was gutted when REM split… but I’d had this tune written for a while before that. We’re uploading now as a little tribute to REM – it’s very much in demo form at the minute and will change shape and colour before we record it with The Trestles. The song tells the story of how REM changed my life. Do you remember the first big gig to have an impact on you? This was mine. The sights, sounds and smells of a big live event did something to my being and I’ve never been the same since! Enjoy the song…”

* Our gig at The Pilgrim, Liverpool on October 21st has been postponed. Stay tuned for further details of our next live shows asap… *


REM: These are the things

REM: These are the things.

When Michael sings.
When Peter plays.
When Mike emotes.
When Nightswimming comes on.
When the last chorus of Fall On Me hits.
Fall On Me.
“Buy the sky and sell the sky…”
When you’re feeling great.
Man On The Moon.
When you’re feeling shit.
Find The River.
When Michael is filled with righteous anger.
Orange Crush.
“Bushwhacked…” The first time.
“If the storm doesn’t kill me the Government will…” The second time.
A three legged dog is still a dog.
Bill Berry.
Everybody Hurts. Everybody.
The drummer wrote their biggest hit.
Buck. Mills.Berry. Stipe.
Michael’s brick tattoo.
Finest Worksong.
When Radio Free Europe confirms Murmur’s greatness.
Not a bad record ‘til their third decade in.
When Michael climbs on Mike’s piano.
“Butterfly decal rearviewmirror dogging your scene…”
What’s the frequency, Kenneth?
“Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy..”
So. Central Rain.
When Michael sings “Hey…” in Let Me In.
The organ in Let Me In.
Let Me In.
“I need a chance, a second chance, a third chance…”
Strange Currencies.
“I don’t know why you’re mean to me…”
“I don’t know what you mean to me…”
When you first heard Imitation Of Life.
I’ll Take The Rain.
The chorus of Leaving New York.
The harmony of Leaving New York.
“Leaving was never my proud…”
LeavingNew York.
“I’m gonna’ DJ at the end of the world…”
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It.
“It’s time I had some time alone…”
“I count your eyelashes secretly –
And with every one whisper I love you…”
At My Most Beautiful.
The greatest band America has ever given the world.
The last band we will know the names of every member.
Bill. Peter. Mike. Michael.

Alan O’Hare,Liverpool, September 2011.

Al covers Johnny Cash – live video

Al was asked to play at a tribute night to American legend Johnny Cash in Liverpool recently. “He was like the North Star,” said Bob Dylan. He was right. Have a listen to The Trestles’ singer’s acoustic take on ‘Brand New Dance’…

Single, Album & Next Gig details

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The Trestles’ latest single is available from iTunes –
download ‘Oscar Wilde (Stole My Morning)’ for just 79p now

Our debut album – which has recieved some truly great reviews – is available to order on CD, securely via paypal, from this site right now too


Our next gig is TBC as Audio Apocolypse @ The Pilgrim, Liverpool on October 21st. The band are also set to mix our next brand new single shortly –
following the success of ‘Oscar Wilde’ and will launch it at said gig as we continue to put new music out constantly. Stay tuned for more info…

Liverpool Bands in Leeds gig this Saturday…

The Trestles head over the Pennines this Saturday, September 17th to join  other Liverpool groups at The Well in Leeds. Read all about it here
The gig is organised by the brilliant Tony Donaghey of Liverpool Bands and also features The Kevin Critchley Outfit and TJ & Murphy. Entry is £4 and the doors open at 8pm. The Trestles will be on-stage around 9.30pm. If you’re coming, let us know here and we may be able to offer transport…

The Well, Sept 17th


Roy Bailey support gig this Saturday – get tickets now!

Our gig for Radical Liverpool, supporting Roy Bailey (see below for further info), takes place this Saturday, September 10th @ Studio 2, Parr Street.
The Trestles will be performing a semi-acoustic, stripped-down set and are on-stage around 7.3opm. Doors 7pm. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

The band will be coming straight from studio sessions at Crash Studios in Liverpool – as they start the recording of the next brand new single.
Don’t forget, ‘Oscar Wilde (Stole My Morning)’ is out via iTunes now –
download your copy here

Gig announced supporting the legendary Roy Bailey

The Trestles are honoured to announce that we will be supporting
Roy Bailey on Saturday, September 10th at Studio 2, Parr Street, Liverpool. Tickets on sale here now

For over 50 years, Roy Bailey has been one of the UK Folk and Acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for Services to Folk Music – an Award he later returned in protest at the Government’s Foreign Policy. In the 1970’s Roy joined forces with Tony Benn to present their show ‘The Writing on the Wall’ for which the duo won Best Live Act at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2003.

Picture courtesy of Nick Hill Photography

The gig is part of the Radical Liverpool year and tickets are on sale now. The Trestles will perform a very special, stripped-down set – with acoustic and electric guitars mixing alongside percussion from Howard Northover (pic) on the Djembe Drum. The group also promise BRAND NEW SONGS…

Get Your Tickets Here Now