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

  • Festival season nearly over for us this year... just @PurbeckFolk to go this weekend! Looking forward to the 'beard off' 1 day 3 hours ago
  • Final day of mastering for Pantomime Cannon today :D Can't wait to share it with you all 2 days 3 hours ago
  • Tomorrow we'll be playing @BathFolkFest artisan market at 1.45. See you there! 1 week 4 days ago
  • .@KANfolk absolutely fabulous as usual! Adrenalin will get my sore legs through the LNE ceilidh with the Diatonics :D 2 weeks 22 hours ago
  • @Habadekuk amazing gig tonight @sidmouthfolk! 2 weeks 1 day ago