Consisting of members of the University of Southampton Folk Society, The Threepenny Bit - Folk and Ceilidh Band formed early in 2011 blending traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds into a fresh interpretation of folk music with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.
"Bursting with Energy" - Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
In 2011, they released their first album,, "Something..." Their second album "Cartography" was nominated for the FATEA Awards' "Instrumental Album of the Year" in 2013.
"Their sound blends traditional with self-penned into a wash of dance tunes ranging from mildly energetic through decidedly graceful to seizure-inducing fanaticism. This is far more than casual toe-tapping interest it’s full-on engagement from the outset." - Tim Carroll, FolkWords
That year saw the band's debut on the folk festival circuit and have since played at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Ely Folk Festival, Wimborne Minster Folk Festival and the London Folk Festival as well as returning to Sidmouth Folk Week, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Folk on the Quay, Rochester Sweeps Festival and Folk Weekend Oxford. They also supported bands such as Blackbeard's Tea Party, The Monster Ceilidh Band and Habadekuk, as well as standing in for John Tams and Barry Coope at the Forest Folk Club when snow wrought havoc with the duo's travel plans!
"It's addictive stuff as forays into rock and jazz blend with interpretations of trad British Dances" - The Musician
Their third album, "Pantomime Cannon" was released in 2014 to universal critical acclaim and widespread radio play and has been described as 'the most head-spinningly original album to emerge from the current crop of young folk collectives this year.'
"Forget nodding along approvingly, this is an all-out musical bombardment" - Rob Fearnly, Bright Young Folk
"If you like tunes there are few better than Threepenny Bit" - Shire Folk
There is a Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/513545162134038/
Their web site: http://threepennybit.com/listen.php
Our Director Paul Bickmore (better known as Bik) spends a lot of his time tracking down a varied, interesting range of performances for us to host here at The Art House.
A seasoned musician himself (as well as being the man who does the sound engineering on the night - something he does extremely well), Bik hand selects the very best acts to showcase in our gallery space - his criteria?
They have to make him feel like this - and they will have the same effect on you, we promise.
We are a city centre venue and parking can be in short supply. If you are driving, please make sure you leave plenty of time to find a space click here for a map of where the nearest parking spaces can be found.
We recommend Kings Park Road car park:
We are about 10 minutes walk from Southampton City Centre train station (head up the hill toward the Guildhall clock tower) and on the route for most city centre buses (the Unilink U1 stops virtually outside.)
Events are generally suitable for adults, young people and older children - children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, however. Young children are also welcome to come along but be aware some poems and songs may contain adult content (although we try to keep these until after children have left!)
Most events are held on our first floor, accessible by a wide staircase with a sturdy banner. Comformatable seating is provided. We regret that, due to space and other constraints, we are generally unable to relocate our events to the ground floor for those who require ground level access - so sorry.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Events are open to all ages unless otherwise stated, however please note that our mission is to provide creative activity primarily to adults, therefore most of our programme is aimed at 16 years and over. Performances may include stronger language.
Life drawing classes are open to over 18s only.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please click here for details of how to find us.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please don't bring your own food or drink to The Art House.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The best way is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
If you have a smartphone, we prefer that you save paper and show us your ticket on a phone.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are not refundable unless the event is cancelled.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
As long as the person making the booking is with you, that's fine.
Experience world class, fringe and local acts up close and personal in our intimate gallery space.
Most timings for performances list the doors open time, which is usually 30 minutes before the performance starts.
We also have a full programme of regular groups, workshops and socials here - click here for more information about these and to visit our main website.
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