Polly and The Billets Doux. Hold Fast E.P. and Ticket Competition


Bristol/Winchester based quartet Polly and The Billet Doux are fast making a name for themselves as an act to watch out for. On the back of their debut album and recent EP along with appearances at Glastonbury, The Big Chill and the Cambridge Folk Festival their star is indeed in the ascendancy. No wonder as a listen to their Hold Fast EP released earlier this year confirms their talent. While Polly Perry’s attractive smoky vocals are the band’s focal point the four songs here allow them to display their versatility. Hold Fast is a nautical song that sounds as if they were tooling down a highway instead of hoisting main sails. With sinewy guitar and a driving beat it’s a cracking little song. Factory Whistle continues in this upbeat fashion with a faux Bo Diddley rhythm married to jazzy guitar runs. Hymn Song applies the brakes as the band hunker down and break out the acoustic guitars. As the song progresses a string section and electric guitar sneak in while the mallet work of drummer Ben Perry recalls folk rock of yore. This folk rock jazz interface comes to the fore on the closing Fortune Of War that is reminiscent of Pentangle in their most incandescent moments. Light and airy with high harmonies and scintillating guitar arpeggios it reeks of the sixties and ends far too soon.
With a short UK tour commencing in November we’re able to offer two tickets to one of the shows for a lucky reader. Simply email us at paulk.blabbernsmoke at gmail.com with Polly and The Billet Doux as the subject and the show you wish to attend by Sunday 28th October. Winner will be selected from a virtual hat.
Tour details below and here’s a taster of what you might see.

09-Nov PERTH Twa Tams
10-Nov THURSO Newmarket Bar
11-Nov INVERNESS Hootananny
12-Nov LEEDS Oporto
13-Nov BIRMINGHAM Kitchen Garden Café
14-Nov LONDON The Wheelbarrow
15-Nov NORWICH Waterfront
16-Nov YORK The Basement
17-Nov BRISTOL Thekla
18-Nov CARDIFF 10 Feet Tall
24-Nov OXFORD The Cellar
09-Dec WINCHESTER The Railway


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