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In concert – upcoming events! Sat 13th May

Fabulous intimate Village Hall show with full Bar in the ancient settlement of Dyke just north of Bourne. Penny and Les lived here when writing the first of their material for the album “In Spring and in Blue”


Latest album reviews

SHINDIG magazine March 2017

“This hard working and ever popular fixture of the East English live folk music scene offer here their fifth album in six years. Pleasingly tight in it’s delivery their accomplished musicianship carries forth delightfully intricate arrangements that ebb and flow beautifully. The stirring opener, ‘Merrie Dance’ with it’s pertinent tale of piratical adventurism, spins and whirls you away on a breathless escapade before setting you gently down amidst the haunting brilliance of ‘Angels in my Drink’. Such sensitive and thoughtful pacing is the hallmark of an album that shifts it’s focus nimbly. From the lightly tripping footsteps of ‘In the Park’, with it’s sweet pastoral mood, to the jazz/pop whimsy of ‘Grimes Times’, Penny Stevens’ versatile voice is enriched by harmonies and melodies that mark Pennyless as a band ably carving out their own distinctive path through folk-rock and beyond.”

R2 Rock and Reel magazine Sept/Oct 2016

The title track of Pennyless’s new album comes adorned with birdsong and hazy pastoralism, bucolic and delicate , like Vashti Bunyan meeting Vaughan Williams. Penny Stevens has one of those voices that is wistful but strong, like the wind singing in a ruined cottage. It’s a golden thread that weaves like buttercups across an English meadow throughout ‘In the Park’ with flute, psaltery and mandolin sparkling on mist-shrouded cello.
There are, however, other colours and textures. Opener ‘Merrie Dance’ with its swaggering Balkan rhythm, declamatory delivery by Les Woods, and refrain of ‘One step ahead/I can always smell a rat!’ is a song for our times that’s impossible not to join in with. It’s one of those songs that sticks in your head for days and brings a skip to your step that can’t be resisted…..even the weaker tracks are marked by a lightness of touch that is a joy to behold, and makes Pennyless a quirkily distinctive presence on the contemporary acoustic scene. Oz Hardwick

“A highly enjoyable mix of English rebel folk and gentle musings….” The Musicians Union magazine Sept 16

“There’s no shortage of great playing here and it clearly all comes from the heart” Acoustic Magazine Sept 16

Album Reviews “In the Park” snippets! Aug 2016

“Lose yourself in the quirky, generous spirit of inventiveness that characterises Pennyless’s music” David Kidman Folkandroots magazine


“Merrie Dance opens Pennyless’s fifth album, the sort of track that is guaranteed to get a festival crowd up and moshing” Ian Cripps   Fatea magazine


“Memorable tunes, warm vocals and hooks a-plenty”.  Tim Carroll  Folkwords


“English whimsy with an attractive edge” fRoots magazine


“This disc is very highly recommended and in a just world would see them snapped up by a major label” Terrascope magazine


“An excellent and varied album…with instrumental and lyrical quirkiness to the fore” Steve Bloomer  Discovering Bourne


“The variety of compositions and clever instrumentation makes this a very listenable album…their best album to date”  Mary Humphreys  Mardles, East Anglia folk magazine


“Mythologies and melodies come together on their fifth studio album…This album is a must for anyone keen to find bygone England again” Winston Brown  Spalding Guardian


Upcoming Gigs

  • 30
    John Clare Cottage, SOLD OUT
    Deeping Literary Festival, Mkt Dpng, Lincs
  • 05
    Sleaford Playhouse
    A Sleaford Live! event
  • 13
    Dyke Village Hall
    nr Bourne, Lincs
  • 26
    Wildheart cafe
    Bourne, Lincs

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