Tricky Britches at Billy’s Tavern

Feb 21, 2013
Tricky Britches

Thomaston — Bluegrass band Tricky Britches will perform Friday, March 1, starting 8 p.m. at Billy's Tavern, corner of Beechwood and Starr streets behind the downtown business block.

Tricky Britches is a high-energy string band hailing from Portland. From their roots in playing heel-stomping old-time fiddle tunes, they have progressed into a fusion of original material, classic bluegrass, country and folk rock. The band consists of Tyler Lienhardt on fiddle, Seth Doyle on mandolin, Jed Bresette on bass and Ryan “Bear” Wilkinson on banjo.

With songwriting chock full of down-home harmonies and dirty licks, their original material harkens back to humble beginnings sawing out mountain tunes on the Portland sidewalks when three longtime friends from Gorham sought to turn back-porch jam sessions and local street corner busking into a means of traveling the country.

In the summer of 2010, they successfully toured 13 countries in Europe. The band’s second album, “Hard Fought Day,” was released in the spring of 2011, full of original songs and features the band’s newest member, Wilkinson. To sample their sound, visit

There will be a $5 cover charge. The kitchen will close at 7:30 p.m. to make more room for dancing. For more information, visit or visit the tavern’s page on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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