Punch Brothers

LONDON Barbican
Silk Street


The acoustic quintet bring their imaginative brand of Americana to the Festival.

Punch Brothers specialise in turning traditional roots music on its head – using bluegrass as a starting point to explore and experiment in 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 mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile in 2007 after his previous band Nickel Creek went on hiatus, Punch Brothers have carved a niche as a band bringing bluegrass into the 21st century. The group released their last album 'The Phosphorescent Blues' in 2015 to widespread praise and will release their follow-up LP 'All Ashore' in July on Nonesuch Records.