After hosting 333 for several years, Tom and Amy are bringing their big band back to the Coffeehouse. They play assorted (mostly) traditional music with a smorgasbord of instruments: electric and acoustic guitars, electric violin, oboe, flutes and whistles, accordion, the "stick" two-handed electric bass, mountain dulcimer and bouzouki, plus the fine drumming of Joe D'Andrea and vocal harmonies from everyone.
Biography: Broadside Electric is Philadelphia's leading and longest-lived electric folk band. In their years together since 1990, this quintet has produced five CDs of "folk music with teeth" and attracted critical praise and national attention. They have built a reputation for original arrangements and careful research into traditional English, Celtic, and Eastern European music. They can turn an English music-hall ditty into a hot klezmer rave-up, dig for the gritty truth in a rock-tinged take on an Irish song, turn a stark ballad into a mini-opera, or spin a fiddle tune into a wild crescendo of excitement. All five band members sing, so the harmonies of classic folk music are part of the fun too.
"Broadside Electric combines a great knowledge of and respect for the old music with a great inventiveness and musicality in creating new settings for it. And the result is flat out kick-ass music." -Mike Agranoff
"This outrageously creative Philly-area Electric-folk band starts with a hodgepodge of musical traditions including Irish, British, Klezmer, Balkan, and American folk, filters them through a progressive-rock sensibility, and manages to push the results in unique and delightful new directions." - Mark Stewart