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The Mountains & The Trees

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Local yokel rising crust folk singer, whatever that means. Described as a “hootenanny” by mother - tends to get a bit loopy. You decide!

The Mountains & The Trees are/is Jon Janes. He plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, bells, drums - often more than one at a time. He sings too!

After spending most of his musical career behind the drums, Janes finally came out of hiding (it was a large drum-kit!) and embraced the singer-songwriter inside. Shy at first, he adopted the stage moniker The Mountains & The Trees and has been loving it ever since. Originally a two-piece, it shrunk to a solo act, then grew to a a 3-piece, 4-piece, shrunk again to a 2-piece, grew again to a 3-pie… you get the idea. The size of The Mountains & The Trees changes with the weather and, often, with whoever in the crowd is brave enough to step on stage to play and sing along.

Genre-wise, Janes has too many effects pedals for folk, too many banjos for rock-n-roll (if you’re wondering how many banjos are too many - it’s one). He playfully describes himself as Folk-Pop or Folk-N-Roll. Recordings contain a variety of instruments, such as guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, bells, and drums. Live, Janes backs himself up with the help of some looping-pedals, some deft footwork, and a little luck.

The Mountains & The Trees have released two recordings thus far - Paper Or Plastic EP [2006] and Document [2007]. The former is a 5-song disc recorded on a shoestring budget and delivered in creative packaging (will that be paper or plastic casing?). It features Janes in a variety of roles, instrumentally and vocally, as well as guest appearances by Rick Lambe and Lous MacDonald.

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  • krustywazoo

    Kind of surprised that I'm only just checking these guys out now, especially seeing as they're from my neck of the woods.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • caius_vinicius

    Up and Down is a masterpiece!

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ElwoodPDowd_

    Pleasant enough.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • nelsonphillipio

    It sure is. I saw him supporting Horse Feathers the other night, then met him briefly at the end of the show, seemed like nice guy. However what the hell is going on with similar artists - Crystal Castles??

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ROYALWITHCHEESE

    up & down is awesome

    20 May 2010 Reply