Bonsai Trees

red white bonsai trees logoBonsai Trees is an indie rock band co-founded in 2011 by singer/songwriter/guitarist James MacPherson
and drummer Nick Sokol

Official Website:



About That, Easy To Forget, Not Better, Scaredy Cat

It’s Gonna Be a No From Me Dog
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Hope Ya Do
(single and video released in 2021)

Hope Ya Do (Lyric video by Ethan Hill)
Hope Ya Do (Official Video by Joy Wagner)


(art by Andrew Martin)

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Apology Note (fan favorite thanks to Jimmy Oakes, single and video released in 2020)

Apology Note (official video by Ben Kelly and Joy Wagner)

apology note
(art by Kaela Soltoff)

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Bonsai Trees won the 2019 New England Music Award for Best in State: Connecticut

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In 2019, Bonsai Trees released their 3rd album “Learn to Grow

Learn To Grow art V2Learn To Grow was one of the Hartford Courant’s top 20 albums of 2019!  Read the article

“Don’t” (official video by Ben Kelly)

“Away From Me” (official video by Josh Wagner)

“Dark Parking Lot” (official video by Ryan Zimmerman)

“Vice Grips” (official video by Josh Wagner)

2017-2019: Bonsai Trees relentlessly toured North America, while writing and recording

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2017: Bonsai Trees released a full-length LP “NOT BITTER

NOT BITTER 10 inch version

(art by Robert Peter)

“Not Bitter” features the previously released singles:
Lift Off” and “You Owe Me

“Sophomore Slump” (official video by Josh Wagner)

“Lift Off” (official video by Joy Wagner)

“CALM” (only released on video)

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2015:  Bonsai Trees released the EP “Live Free And Die

Live Free and Die cover

“Live Free and Die” official video by Megan Greer:
Bonsai Trees – Live Free And Die

View live footage of “Live Free and Die” at House of Blues in Boston April 2015:
Bonsai Trees – Live Free And Die

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2013: Bonsai Trees released their debut LP “Minimalist


“Frantic Love” official video produced by Jamie Lamm:
Bonsai Trees – Frantic Love (video produced by Jamie Lamm)

“Who Knows Who Knows” official video produced by Joy Wagner:
Bonsai Trees – Who Knows Who Knows

“Shovels” official video produced by Joy Wagner:
Bonsai Trees – Shovels

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“Hurricane Song” was released with a track by Mad Blackbirds:
Bonsai Trees – Hurricane Song

hurricane song split

Bonsai Trees has relentlessly toured North America and performed at hundreds of venues, including House of Blues in Boston, Arlene’s Grocery in New York, Toads Place in New Haven, The Eastern States Exposition (The Big E), Six Flags New England, Penn State in State College PA, University of Connecticut in Storrs, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Western New England University in Springfield MA, SUNY in Purchase NY and New Paltz NY, Emerson College in Boston MA and more!  Check out the Performances link for the full gig history.  Bonsai Trees won the New England Music Award in 2019 and was chosen to perform at the 2018 East Coast Music Conference in Norfolk VA, the 2016 Music Millennium Conference in Pittsburg PA, and the Music Forward Foundation’s “Bringing Down the House” event at the House of Blues in Boston MA.  They have opened for Frank Iero (of My Chemical Romance), Half Noise featuring Zac Farro (of Paramore), and Desiree Bassett (of Cirque du Soleil – Michael Jackson Immortal Tour), and many others!

For bookings, contact

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