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Punch Brothers

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The Bluegrass quintet bring their imaginative brand of Americana to the Barbican Hall.

Punch Brothers specialise in turning traditional Roots music on its head – using Bluegrass as a starting point to explore and experiment a plethora of other genres. The band wear their diverse influences on their sleeves, paying homage to Bach one minute and referencing the Beach Boys the next. What shines through this diverse tapestry of inspiration however is the breath-taking level of virtuosity displayed by the five players. Their natural musicianship thrives in a live environment as they move fluidly from the melancholic to the frantic with surprising spontaneity.

Formed by Thile in 2007, Punch Brothers have carved a niche as a band bringing Bluegrass into the 21st century. The group released their album, The Phosphorescent Blues, in 2015 to widespread praise and will release their follow-up LP in July 2018.

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and is expected to finish by 10.30pm – subject to change.

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Produced by Serious


‘Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart.‘
Washington Post
‘The acoustic framework dazzles – wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.‘
Rolling Stone


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Watch: Punch Brothers - NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert


The Punch Brothers perform a Tiny Desk concert on Chris Thile's birthday.

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