Threepenny Bit, the Hampshire-based eight piece folk band, announce the release of their third album, Pantomime Cannon, with Little Folk Records on September 5th 2014. The album is a collection of traditional and self-penned folk tunes played with a groove that combines their folk, jazz, classical and rock influences while capturing the raucous style they are known for. It will be distributed by Ditto music online as well as directly from the band’s website at www.threepennybit.net.
Threepenny Bit hail from all over the country but now reside between Southampton and Oxford. After founding the Southampton University Folk Society in 2010 the original three piece (hence the name) formed a busking band to take folk music to the streets of Hampshire. Over the following year, five other members joined and the band’s sound began to evolve into what it is today: a genre-bending mash-up of influences and styles played with explosive energy! Pantomime Cannon is the follow-up to their second album Cartography, which was nominated for the FATEA Awards’ Instrumental Album of the Year 2013. ‘We’re hoping to push the boundaries of what’s expected from folk music with this album’ says the band’s violin player, Chris. ‘Expect a mixture of traditional and original tunes, dub-style rhythms, intricate harmonies and jazz flute breaks!’
‘We started work on this album almost as soon as we’d finished the previous one,’ says Josh, the band’s guitarist. ‘We had some material that wasn’t quite ready in time for Cartography, so we’ve spent a year and a half gigging to really hone it into something awesome.’ Pantomime Cannon was recorded at The Ranch Production House in the New Forest over the Winter. ‘The live room was huge! We could focus on playing together as a whole band and getting the sound just right. The goal was to capture the feel of our live show and get that energy into the recording.’
Threepenny Bit are: Chris Nichols, violin/viola; Guy Moore, drums; Hannah Gray, flute/whistle; Helen Gentile, clarinet; Jason Beaumont, flute/bass; Josh Robson-Hemmings, guitar; Ruth Burrows, saxophone and Steve Troughton, accordion.
The band will be showcasing material from the album at the following events:
Apr 26 Oxford Folk Weekend
May 02 Deverills Festival, Wiltshire
May 05 Rochester Sweeps Festival
May 24 Chippenham Folk Festival
May 30 Winchester Discovery Centre
Jun 29 Folk on the Quay, Poole
Jul 11 The Talking Heads, Southampton
Aug 1-8 Sidmouth Folk Week
Aug 23 Purbeck Folk Festival
“Their arrangements are fresh and unrestricted. Their approach accomplished and natural”~ Folk Words.
More information can be found at www.threepennybit.net