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“This hard working and ever-popular fixture of the East English live folk music scene offer their fifth album, In the ParkĀ in six years. Pleasingly tight in it’s delivery, their accomplished musicianship carries forth delightfully intricate arrangements that ebb and flow beautifully.” Shindig magazine March 2017

Pennyless has a special sound that is distinctly English cooking up lively, quirky and downright mystical songs from folklore, medieval history and their own musical minds.

Multi-instrumental troubadours on fiddle, flute, guitar, bouzouki, whistle, mandolin and djembe, to name but a few, the instrumental arrangements are irresistibly fiery and melodically golden, with warm harmony vocals.

Working alongside the original material Pennyless throws in occasional roof-raisers from Irish, European and American roots tradition, and promises a distinctive performance of character, humour and variety.

Pennyless are Penny Stevens, Les Woods, Graham Dale and Colin Benton, based in South Lincolnshire at the borders of Cambs, Northants, Leics and Rutland.

As with most creative musicians, influences are diverse, from Incredible String Band, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Vasmalon, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, David Bowie, Syd Barrett, and the realms of English folklore, poetry, history and legend. “Pennyless..trips and shimmers in the shadow of Pentangle..flute and fiddle threading like sunlight through long grass” R2 Rock and Reel magazine 2014

“a psych-folk tradadelia gem” fRoots magazine, Oct 2012

“Pennyless.. where real ale meets mushroom tea” R2 Rock n Reel magazine Nov 2012

“folk rock with pep and zest” Music maker magazine Nov 2012