Self-described as “rhythm and bluegrass,” Bitter Pill is a tight-knit family, (literally father and daughter) who play a dark and anachronistic twist of folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly, and country. They released their first album, “Prepare Your Throats,” in the fall of 2018. A collection of traditional and original songs from the soundtrack of their staging of William Shakespeare’s violent, bloody, grotesquely ridiculous abomination of a play, “Titus Andronicus.” They released their second album May 2020, “Desperate Times on the New Hampshire State Line,” a whimsical collection of foot stompin’, hand clappin’, spirited cross-genre tunes. Their third album, “livin aint cheap, dyin aint free” was just released July 2022. Now available for purchase on Vinyl, CD, and streaming on all the streamers.
They will be heading back into the studio to record their new children’s album, “Children of the Grim.” A neo-gothic musical play of original and traditional children’s stories, nursery rhymes, and folk songs which had its theatrical workshop premiere in May 2022 at The Players’ Ring Theatre.
“Smart, dramatic, visual, evocative compositions that cross genres and casts shades of Tom Waits and Shane MacGowan.”NH Magazine
“A perfect storm of fearless bluegrass.” Hippo Press
“Exhilarated. Stimulated.” NHPR
“This ain’t a slice of the floppy hat, fancy boots, folk boom throwback found at vacant pop-folk festivals ‘round the world. This is the real deal, punch you in the gut and keep you coming back looking for more goods.” Chris Hislop
Nominated for 2018 Song of the Year and Best New Act of the Year by the New England Music Awards.Most recently nominated for 2021 Best Live Act and Best in NH.
Emily Butler – Vocals, Ukulele Billy Butler – Vocals, Cello, Guitar, Accordion, Piano Tomer Oz – Acoustic Guitar Mike McKay – Banjo, Mandolin Jon McCormack – Electric Guitars Dave Hamilton – Drums