GARDINER — Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center on Water Street will present Tricky Britches at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

Back by popular demand after a rousing concert at Johnson Hall in the fall of 2012, Tricky Britches is rooted in old-time country, with a bluegrass kick and the bounce of a street-corner jug band.

Tricky Britches will put some swing in your step from the moment you hear them. Songwriting chalk full of down-home harmonies and dirty licks, their original material harkens back to humble beginnings sawing out mountain tunes on the Portland, Maine sidewalk.

Tricky Britches formed in 2009, playing on street corners across the country, simply as a means of paying for a road trip. Suddenly there were weddings, parties, and dances to be played, and before the boys knew it, Tricky Britches had gained too much momentum to be stopped.

As time went by, they focused more on songwriting and original material. Their influences include John Hartford, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Everly Brothers, and American traditional folk music.

Tricky Britches members are Jed Bresette on guitar, bass and vocals; Seth Doyle on mandolin, guitar, harmonica and vocals; Tyler Lienhardt on fiddle, washboard, and vocals; and Ryan Wilkinson on tenor banjo, guitar, bass and vocals.

Johnson Hall has partnered with the Vintage Wine Bar at 300 Water Street to offer a special VIP ticket for this show. For an extra $4, you can attend a pre-show reception from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Wine Bar, get a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers and a meet-and-greet with the artists.

For tickets and information visit www.johnsonhall.org, contact the box office at 207-582-7144, or visit the office from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for children. Vintage Wine Bar VIP tickets are $20.


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