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 – mixed with original spoken word as well as reading from literary classics. 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. Now available for purchase and streaming on all the streamers.
They just finished recording their third album, “livin aint cheap, dyin aint free” and will be heading back into the studio to record their new children’s album, “Children of the Grim.” Both due out in 2022. “Children of the Grim,” a neo-gothic musical play of original and traditional children’s stories, nursery rhymes, and folk songs will have it’s theatrical premiere in May 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
“Intriguing, creative, humorous, raw and not all that wholesome.” Modspoke.com
“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.” Seacoastonline.com
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