Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit are an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians in the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.
The band’s diverse influences enable them to explore traditional music without restraint, and with their line-up of saxophone, clarinet, bass guitar and drums, alongside accordion, flute, violin and guitar, Threepenny Bit create an unparalleled wall of sound. Their approach has led to regular appearances across the length and breadth of the UK folk scene in recent years, always providing an “all out musical bombardment”!
In the last few years the UK festival circuit has finally caught up with the outrageous energy and musicianship from this young band. Capitalising on a headline slot on The Den stage at Cambridge Folk Festival, a capacity crowd at Sidmouth Folk Week and performances at almost every other major UK folk festival, they have embarked on a number of UK tours; Fine testament to their growing popularity.