Threepenny Bit, the Hampshire based Concert/Ceilidh Band!

Who Are We?

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A young and vibrant addition to the folk scene, Threepenny Bit folk and ceilidh band was formed from an unlikely combination of student-types in Southampton in 2011. Consisting of suitcase percussion, fiddle, flute, guitar, clarinet, saxophone and accordion Threepenny Bit play a wide range of Irish, English, Cornish, Breton and Scottish music with a hint of klezmer and glam rock! 

Threepenny Bit set the trend for “Half Price Busking” in the Summer of 2011, embarking upon a busking campaign to spread folk music to the four corners of Southern England. This included playing at the Winchester Hat Fair, St Mary Bourne Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and obtaining a busking licence for Covent Garden (we even turned on the Christmas lights in Hythe!). 

The band continued into 2012 with ceilidhs at Winchester May Fest, The point theatre and the Forest Folk club along with concerts at Winchester Hat Fair Sidmouth Folk Festival, Wimborne folk festival and Greenwich theatre. 

2013 has already seen us launch our second album "Cartography" to a sell out audience in the Winchester Discovery centre and we're set to play folk clubs festivals and ceilidhs all over the place this year!

What We Can Provide

Threepenny Bit play for private functions and ceilidhs in the South of England. The band also has a caller, who shouts out the dance steps for the ceilidh, to have you up on your feet and dancing the night away!



Their arrangements are fresh and unrestricted. Their approach accomplished and natural.

~ Folkwords

Threepenny Bit is an impressive example of how well contemporary elements can be intertwined seamlessly with the reflective qualities of traditional folk sounds. In a short space of time, their music has already sparked great interest and esteem in the British folk scene.

~ Bright Young Folk

A selection of busking videos:

Two videos from our summer Discovery Centre ceilidh in 2013:

@3pennybit's latest tweets

  • Looks like the rain will stop just in time for our outdoor concert at the Anchor Gardens tomo! (8pm) @sidmouthfolk 4 hours 22 min ago
  • @datchetdasher if it's any consolation we were at that point discussing the finalisation of our new website, which will match the new album! 4 days 16 hours ago
  • RT @datchetdasher: Typical @3pennybit folk band (seated) return to Windsor & I catch them on their tea break #inlifetimingiseverything http… 4 days 16 hours ago
  • Small band busk in Windsor tomorrow, followed by a wedding gig in Winchester. Let's hope the weather stays this good! 6 days 16 hours ago
  • Like forward planning? Tickets for our Halloween Ceilidh at the @WinchesterDC are now on sale! Fancy dress optional, but highly recommended! 1 week 1 day ago