Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists harp and a Monkey.
The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of trio harp and a Monkey is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. Friends for decades, Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and Andy Smith enjoy a fantastic rapport with their audiences and are proud to have never played anywhere and not been invited back.
Their third album, War Stories, came out in July 2016 and was labelled “bold and brilliant” by the likes of The Sunday Observer. a firm favourite of Mike harding, who gave them their first BBC airplay, the band has subsequently appeared in-session on the ‘Beeb’ with the likes of Mark Radcliffe and Clare Balding. Such is the outfit’s reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been invited to appear at the annual international showcase (The English Folk Expo) that highlights the best English folk acts on the circuit.
Sunday 22 October, 12noonSunday 26 November Doors open at 12 noon, gig starts at 12.15pm
£12.50 / £10.50 / U16 free