Polly and the Billets Doux

Polly and the Billets Doux

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Polly and the Billets Doux are an independent band from Winchester, England. They have been called "an eclectic and inspired musical blend" by The Guardian and "a harmony blend of folk, soul, country and gospel" by The Sunday Times. Their fans include the comedian Phil Jupitus.

Biography

Polly and the Billets Doux are something brilliantly different.

Well known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel.

Their debut album Fiction, Half-Truths and Downright Lies had them topping many ‘ones to watch’ lists back in 2010, and the buzz hasn’t stopped since. That same year, they reached number 21 on the BBC Radio 1 Indie Charts and were invited to do sessions with BBC 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews and BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.

Support slots with Stornoway, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Van Morrison have seen the band bring their music to increasingly wider audiences across the country whilst remaining festival favourites at many UK festivals including Glastonbury, Loopallu, The Big Chill, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Between 2010 and 2012, Polly and the Billets Doux have embarked on eight headline tours of the UK and three busy festival seasons, stopping just long enough to write, record and release their latest Hold Fast EP in summer 2012, which gained great reviews from BBC 6 Music and much of the blogosphere including Folk Radio UK, For Folk’s Sake, The Line of Best Fit and The Blue Walrus. This latest collection of material perfectly demonstrates Polly’s beautiful gospel-inspired voice and the band’s truly original sound.

2013 sees Polly and the Billets Doux appearing live at many places across the UK and Ireland, whilst making plans to release their second album (spring 2014) and venture into Europe for the first time.

Discography

2013:
Hymn Song (Single) - airplay on BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio

2012:
Hold Fast (Single) - airplay on BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio
Hold Fast (EP) - airplay and live sessions on BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio

2011:
Cry Cry (Single) - airplay on BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio

2010:
Fiction, Half-Truths and Downright Lies (Album) - airplay and live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music
Head of Steam (EP) - reached no. 21 in Radio 1 Indie Charts