Harp and a monkey

Electro-Folk Storytellers

Endorsements (2016-2017)

Village Folk (Derbyshire 2017): “A sell-out night! We received so many audience comments afterwards saying how much they had enjoyed their unique blend of music and storytelling – fingers crossed for a return gig!”/ Atherstone Folk Club (Warwickshire 2017): “It was a fabulous night, with people coming from all around, and travelling long distances, to hear Harp and A Monkey. Why didn’t you book them before was on many lips. They were busy! And I’m not surprised…” / Fatea Magazine (2016): “Before tonight I was not familiar with the music of Harp and a Monkey, but after this performance I realised that I had been missing something rather wonderful. In fact, I was totally enthralled…”/ Tamworth Folk Club (East Midlands 2016): “It seems to have been universally agreed that last night ranks among the best we have ever seen at our club. You three were amazing, a performance of real quality and variety. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude. The world can only be a happier place for nights like that…”/ Readifolk (Berkshire 2016): “Much positive feedback – certainly on the ‘return’ list.”Ryburn Folk Club (Yorkshire 2016): “Harp and a Monkey didn’t disappoint. It was a bit like a live radio ballad – excellent stuff.” / Beverley Folk and Roots Club (Yorkshire 2016): “You gave us one of the best performances we have had over the past three years!” / Village Pump Festival (Wiltshire 2016): “One of the true highlights of the festival” / Wigan Diggers’ Festival (Lancashire 2016): “Outstanding performance” / Rustic Music and Arts Festival (Cheshire 2016): “Every song was just so strong – it was a simply incredible show” / Manchester Evening News: ”Somehow they produce rousing, heart-warming performances from their odd collection of material, underpinned by fine musicianship. Catch Harp and a Monkey live.”/ Lancashire Evening Telegraph“Harp and a Monkey are very talented and very entertaining.”                                                                                               



8th: Gwerin Aber Folk Club, Aberystwyth, W. Wales

17th: Heron Theatre, Milnthorpe, Cumbria


4th: Readifolk, Community Hall, Watlington House, Reading, Berkshire

8th: Great War Huts, Hawstead, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5NW (WW1 show)

24th: Grayshott Folk Club, Grayshott Village Hall, Hampshire, GU26 6TZ


6th: Northwich Folk Club, Harlequin Theatre, Cheshire

17th: Great Knight Folk Club, Northamptonshire

20th: Rolleston Village Hall, Nottinghamshire

21st: Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, Derbyshire


4th: Village Pump Folk Club, Lamb Inn, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

6th: Plug N Play, The Playhouse, Penrith, Cumbria

18th: Festival of Lights, City Library, Liverpool (with Mouth of the Mersey Storytelling Club)

19th: Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Waterfoot, Rossendale, Lancs


15th: Eroica Britannia festival in Newhaven, Derbyshire

30th: The Green Man Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire (WW1 show – opening talk on War Art from Dr Purdy)


1st: Accessible Festival, Bury

6th: Phoenix Folk Club, Poynton, Cheshire

7th: The Hut, Goathland, North Yorkshire (WW1 show)

14th: Wellington, Somerset (private concert)

15th: Othery Village Hall, Bridgewater, Somerset TA7 0QS  (WW1 show) – 3pm show


31st: Corstophine Folk Club, The Dower House, St Margaret’s Park, Edinburgh, Scotland - SOLD OUT


8th: St Annes Folk Club, The Pavilion, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

15th: Queen’s Head, Belper, Derbyshire

21st: The Song Loft, York House, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

24th: Warwick Folk Club, Warwick Arms, Warwickshire

28th: Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire


8th: St Neot’s Folk Club, The Priory Centre, Cambridge PE19 2BH


4th: Wilfred Owen Festival, Peter Humphries Theatre, Oswestry School, Shropshire (WW1 show)

7th: Biddulph Up In Arms, Biddulph, North Staffordshire

9th: Bramhall Methodist Church, Cheshire (WW1 show)

10th: Touchstones, Rochdale, Greater Manchester (WW1 show) - 3pm show

11th: Longridge Schools Cluster Armistice Show, Preston Guild Hall, Lancs (WW1 show)

25th: Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (WW1 show) - Noon show


6th: Anchor Folk Club, The Blue Anchor, Byfleet, Surrey




30th: Music In Ulpha, Cumbria


2017 highlights

Atherstone Folk Club, Warwickshire; Village Folk, Chellaston, Derby; Twickfolk, Twickenham, South West London; The Studios Gallery, New Mills, Derbyshire; Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey; Sandbach Folk Club, Cheshire; Red Lion Folk Club, King’s Heath, Birmingham; Old Courts, Wigan (with Merry Hell); Bolton Socialist Club, Greater Manchester; Ireby Festival, Lake District, Cumbria; Lowdham Book Festival, Nottinghamshire; Tamworth Acoustic, Staffordshire; TestiFest, Ribble Valley, North Yorks; Thackray Museum, Leeds, Yorkshire; Topic Folk Club, Bradford, West Yorkshire; Diptford Village Hall, Devon; Silver Street Sessions, Taunton, Somerset; Party In The Park, Whaley Bridge Memorial Park, Derbyshire; Cloudspotting Festival, Forest of Bowland, Lancs; Broadstairs Folk Week, Isle of Thanet, East Kent; Fleetwood Folk and Blues Festival, Fylde Coast, Lancs; Mike Harding’s Settle Folk Gathering, Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorks; Wigan Diggers Festival, Greater Manchester; Great War Huts, Hawstead, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk; Head for the Hills Festival, Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester; The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester; Burnley Mechanics, Lancashire; Heritage Centre, Crossgates Library, Leeds, Yorks ; Ashby de la Launde Village Hall, Lincolnshire; St Martin’s Church, Welton le Wold, Lincolnshire; Chinley Community Centre, High Peaks, Derbyshire; Blackpool, Lancs (private concert); The Green Man Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire: Dorking Folk Club, Dorking, Surrey; Grand Theatre, Clitheroe, Lancs (with Merry Hell); Atherstone, (OSCA) Community Arts Centre, Warwickshire: The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club, Bloomsbury, London; Black Swan Folk Club, York, North Yorkshire; Western Front Association, Wolverhampton Branch, West Midlands

2016 highlights

Readifolk, Reading, Berkshire/ Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorks/ Kirkgate Irregular Roots, Kirkgate Centre, Shipley, Bradford/ Bow’s Folk, Cafe D’Art, Formby, Merseyside/ Blossoms Art Gallery, Aberystwyth, West Wales/ Hepworth Live, Hepworth Village Hall, Holmfirth/ St Anne’s Folk Club, The Pavilion, Lytham St Anne’s, Fylde Coast/ Holly Mount Orchard, Bury, Lancs /Challenging Histories Conference,  Temple of Peace, Cardiff/ National Somme 100 Event, Heaton Park , Manchester/Rustic Music & Arts Festival, Dutton, Cheshire/Sandbach Folk Club, Market Tavern, Sandbach, Cheshire/Folk Moot, Tamworth Folk and Rambling Club, Amington, Staffordshire. (With Bob Fox)/ The People’s History Museum, Manchester/Village Pump Folk Festival, Trowbridge, Wiltshire/St John’s Church, Hutton Roof, Cumbria/Narborough Community Centre, Narborough, Norfolk/ Bodiam Station, Kent & East Sussex Railway/Diggers’ Festival, Wigan/ Washington ‘F’ Pit, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear/ Ramsbottom Festival, Greater Manchester/ Carnival Records, Malvern, Worcestershire/ Queen’s Head, Belper, Derbyshire/ Upstairs at The Golden Lion, Todmorden, Calderdale, West Yorks/Porkies Folk Club, Poynton, Cheshire/ Peel Park Hotel, Accrington, Lancs/Doghouse Presents… Arden Road Social, Halifax/Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester/ Preston Municipal Cemetery, New Hall Lane, Preston, Lancs/ Beverley Folk and Roots Club, East Yorkshire/ Folk at the Maltings, St Albans, Hertfordshire/ The Old Courthouse, Wigan, Greater Manchester/ Ramsbottom Folk Club, Greater Manchester/ The Willows Folk Club, Kirkham, Lancashire

2015 highlights

Carnival Records, Malvern, Worcestershire/ St Anne’s Folk Club, The Pavilion, Lytham St Anne’s, Fylde Coast/ The Grand, Clitheroe (with Merry Hell)/ Sounds of Folk show, Oldham Radio (99.7fm) Live in session/ Folk and Roots Club, Doncaster, South Yorkshire/ Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough,North Yorkshire/ Twickfolk, Twickenham, London/ Haile Village Hall, Haile, Cumbria/ Thursby Parish Hall, Thursby, Cumbria/ The Queens Head, Belper, Derbyshire/ Lymm Folk Club, Lymm, Cheshire/ Exile Music Festival, near Darley Dale, Derbyshire/ The Bridgewater Hall – A Little Bite Music. Manchester/ The Met Studio, Bury, Manchester/ Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford/ Priddy Folk Festival, Somerset/ Topic Folk Club, Bradford, West Yorkshire/ Cloudspotting Festival, Forest of Bowland, Lancs/ Sidmouth Folk Festival, Devon/ Boomtown Fair,  Matterly Estate, Nr. Winchester/ Westfield War Memorial Village, Lancaster, Lancs/Peel Tower. Holcombe Moor. Bury, Lancs/ HMP Walton, Liverpool MerseysideNorthwich Folk Club, Harlequin Theatre Bar, Northwich , Cheshire/ Ramsbottom Festival, Lancs/ Hinton community centreHereford. (With Sproatly Smith)/Wardle Folk Festival, Wardle Academy, Rochdale, Lancs./ BBC Radio Leeds: Remembrance Day Special with the Durbervilles Folk and Roots Show/ The Globe, Glossop, Derbyshire/ Wadsworth Community Centre. Nr Hebden Bridge, West Yorks/ Ramsbottom Folk Club, Lancs/ Black Swan Folk Club, York, North Yorks

2014 highlights                                                                              

The Picturedome, Holmfirth/ The Studios Gallery, New Mills, Derbyshire/ The Continental, Preston/ WW1 Festival, Barry Island, Wales/ Cloudspotting Music Festival, Slaidburn, Lancs/ Sidmouth Folk Week, Sidmouth/ Greenbelt Festival, Boughton House, Kettering/ SFX at the Royal Exchange, Manchester/ Ramsbottom Festival/ The Anson Engine Museum/ The Artworks, Halifax/ Gregson Centre, Lancaster Music Festival/ Homegrown, The Met, Bury/ Holmfirth Picturedrome, support to The Fishermans Friends/ The Deaf Institute, Manchester. Support to The Sadies/ The Globe, Glossop/ The Grand, Clitheroe, Lancashire/ St Edith Hall, Sevenoaks, Kent/ The Grand, Clitheroe. Supporting The South/ Holmfirth Picturedrome.  Supporting The South/ Poole Museum, Poole, Dorset

2013 highlights

The Grand, Clitheroe/ New Mills Town Hall/ The Redroom, Glossop/ Roots & Fusion session, Pure FM, at the Anson Engine Museum/ Newhampton Arts Center/ Leigh on Sea Folk Festival/ One World Festival/ Royal Exchange Theatre, SFX, Manchester/ Cloudspotting music festival/ Kendal Calling music festival/ Ramsbottom Festival/ The Village Folk Club, Manchester/ SThe Square Chapel, Halifax/ Musicport festival, Whitby/ The Met, Bury