October 14, 2017 7:30 pm
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‘Harp and a Monkey’ bring their own special blend of electro-folk-storytelling to Chinley Community Centre on Saturday 14 October 2017. Their show, entitled: ‘The Importance of Digging Holes: The Great War and More’ includes a quirky blend of songs about cuckolded mole catchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… Intrigued?
This talented trio, comprised of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) have a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. The Daily Telegraph defines their performance as: “Rousing music and droll Lancashire humour”.
Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have built up a loyal following and are regulars on northern festival circuit and beyond. The band are particularly proud of the fact that they have gained a strong reputation for building an excellent rapport with their live audiences and the fact that they have never played anywhere and not been invited back.
In addition to performing live, the band have a successful recording career. Their third album, War Stories, was released in July 2016, as part of an ongoing project (part-sponsored by Arts Council England and The Western Front Association) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The album received outstanding reviews, with the likes of The Observer describing it as “bold and brilliant”.
Support from BBC Radio 2 has been substantive, including sessions and interviews with Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) and Mark Radcliffe (The Folk Show).
They are described as “Undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now” by fRoots Magazine.
There is a bar with local real ale, wine, tea and coffee (open before the show and during the interval) and the venue has disabled access.
For more information about Harp and a Monkey visit: http://www.harpandamonkey.com/
You can download a flyer for the event here which also contains some further information> Harp & a Monkey event poster