FRIDAY 15TH MARCH 2019
7.30pm (Doors Open 7pm)
Fronted by an easy-going raconteur and BBC ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ historian, this acclaimed Lancashire folk-storytelling trio matches an excellent first world war folk set with humorous and melodic northern life short stories. Lively, inventive folk delivered in a down-to-earth manner.
Songs about cuckolded mole catchers, 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 Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.
The outfit, who have been friends for more than 20 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. Ask them about their influences and they are as likely to cite Ordnance Survey maps and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are Bert Jansch, Bjork or Bellowhead.
Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have been building up a loyal following via the old-fashioned practice of relentless gigging and modern practice of social network sites.
Tickets can be reserved at 01159 821710 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are £10 Adults £5 Under 18’s.
Venue: All Hallows Halls
Lady Bay, West Bridgford,
Nottingham. NG2 5BP.