Poor Man’s Fortune


Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello, Accordion, Ukulele, DJ, Electronic Music.


Poor Man's Fortune is North America's premier exponent of the music of Brittany, but have never stood still long enough to be categorized as a Breton band. Combining Breton, Cajun, Scottish, French & Irish music with original tunes and even more original ideas, Poor Man's Fortune is 'World Music' in a world of its own. Breton melodies floating over Cajun songs, Bagpipes on 2-steps and waltzes, plinns, jigs, an dros, ridées, gavottes, made-up folk dances, songs of joy, sadness and murder... all featuring an incredible assemblage of traditional and modern instruments, some of which were invented by the band, including bouzouki, dulcitare, biniou kozh, bombarde, highland pipes, small pipes, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, cor anglais, electric bass and all manner of drums, wooden flutes & whistles. Based in Austin, 'Peoples Republic of Texas', Its lineup includes musicians from France, Scotland and deep in the heart of Cajun country.

But beyond all this museum talk, Poor Man's Fortune is at their best live on a stage in front of a crowd of any manner of music lover. Folkies, punks, rockers, mods, mockers, your teenage son's friends, and your in-laws, no one is immune to a PMF stage show. Rock and roll energy with the precision of a string quartet, Poor Man's Fortune thrives live.

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Member since:
May 12 2014
Active over 1 month ago
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Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
42 years


Breton, Cajun, Québécois, Asturias & Galicia, Scottish, Irish, Kwela, Bulgarian, Mali, Andean music. Alain Genty, Altan, Antonio Vivaldi, Ar Re Yaouank, Bagad Kemper, Barzaz, Battlefield Band, Billy Bragg, Blowzabella, Bob Dylan, Boys of the Lough, Brian McNeil, Chris Isaak, Dave Brubeck, Dervish, Dick Gaughan, Django Reinhardt, Donal Lunny, Easy Club, Elton John, Fairport Convention, Flook!, Fred Morrison, Gabriel Yacoub, Grey Larsen, Gwerz, Hamon-Martin Quintet, Harry Bradley, J. S. Bach, James Keane, Jean-Michel Veillon, Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Karma, Kornog, Kurun, Le Vent du Nord, Led Zeppelin, Leo Kottke, Llan de Cubel, Lo Jai, Lúnasa, Malicorne, Martin Carthy, Matt Molloy, Milladoiro, Neil Young , Old Blind Dogs, Ossian, Paul Brady, Pennoù Skoulm, Planxty, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shawn Phillips, Skeduz, Skolvan, Solas , Storvan, Susana Seivane, Tara, Tejedor, The Beatles, The Bothy Band, The Doors , The Gipsy Kings, The House Band, The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits

Members Of Band

Beth Patterson - bouzouki, vocals, dulcitare
Larry Rone - flutes, whistles, bombardes
Richard Kean - Highland bagpipes, small pipes, biniou kozh, gaïta, gaida
Wolf Loescher - Percussion


Full PA (no back line)