Raised in Maine, cured on street corners and next to woodstoves, string-band Tricky Britches is a unique culmination of country, contra-dance, bluegrass, and rock. They’ve played festivals and concerts across the US, Europe, and Hawaii, always being shaped by those places, and using those experiences to inspire their original music.
Tricky Britches formed in 2009, when four friends in Portland, Maine, took their fiddle tunes and country songs on the road across the US. Since then they have released three albums of original material: Comin’ in Hot (2016), Good Company (2013), and Hard Fought Day (2011). They have played on stages big and small across the US, Hawaii, and Europe, but at the end of the day, their favorite show is still on a crowded street corner at midnight.
Jed Bresette: Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Seth Doyle: Mandolin, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Tyler Lienhardt: Fiddle, Washboard, Vocals
Richard Bicknell: 5-String Banjo
“In an age of auto-tune and manufactured music, Tricky Britches isn’t just a throwback – they’re a look forward. When we tire of the digital and the plastic, we can comfort ourselves in the warm embrace of three-part harmonies, fire-breathing fiddle and mandolin licks, and the thump-thump to the gut of a stand-up bass. Not only do they reintroduce us to the delicious crudeness of early twentieth century tunes like “Greasy Coat,” but even their originals sound old as dirt. As comfortable on a street corner or front porch as they are on stage and under the lights, Tricky Britches is right in the middle of a new movement toward old time music, along with Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, the Toughcats, and the Hackensaw Boys. Auto-tune? Maybe they’ll figure that out for the banjo some day…”
- Sam Pfeifle, Portland Phoenix
Read Sam’s review of Tricky Britches 2013 album, Good Company.
“Don’t let their youth fool you: the Tricky Britches are expert musicians through and through, and they will deliver a boisterous set…”
- William Etheridge, Maine Magazine 2012 Wedding Issue
“Good Company is music that just flat-out makes you feel good.”
- Ryan Doyon, Music Savage
For general inquiries and booking, contact Tyler Lienhardt at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-450-9843
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