Harp and a monkey

Electro-Folk Storytellers

Endorsements

The Village Pump (Trowbridge, Wiltshire 2018): “A packed room was royally entertained last night. Harp and a Monkey gave us an amazing variety of their distinctive and brilliant songs and these, together with their interesting and amusing banter in between, made the evening fly by. Hope to see them again before too much longer…”/ Village Folk (Derbyshire): “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): “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: “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): “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…”/ Wigan Diggers’ Festival (Lancashire): “Outstanding performance” / Rustic Music and Arts Festival (Cheshire): “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.”                                                                                               

2018

February    

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

17th: Heron Theatre, Milnthorpe, Cumbria

March    

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

April   

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

May  

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

June  

15th: Eroica Britannia festival in Newhaven, Derbyshire

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

July  

1st: Accessible Festival, Bury - afternoon show

6th: Phoenix Folk Club, Poynton, Cheshire

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

14th: Carnival Records, Malvern, Worcestershire (daytime show)

14th: Wellington, Somerset (private concert)

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

20th: Wimborne History Festival, Priest’s House Museum and Garden, Wimborne (WW1 show)

August  

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

September    

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, The Racehorse, Stratford Rd, Warwick (tickets: www.warwickfolkclub.co.uk)

28th: Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

October

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

6th: Derby Folk Festival (as guests of Village Folk Club)

11th: Sutton on the Hill Village Hall, Derbyshire

12th: Humphrey Perkins Community Centre Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, Leicestershire

13th: The Verney Centre, Pleasley, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

14th: Glebe Field Centre, Crich, Derbyshire

November  

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

7th: Biddulph Town Hall, 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

30th: Boston Preservation Trust, Fydell House, Boston, Lincs (WW1 show)

December  

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

 

2019

February   

2nd: Stackatack Festival, Rosemount Club, Bacup, Lancs

9th: Bolton Socialist Club, Greater Manchester

March   

13th: Rural touring, Derbyshire (venue tbc)

14th: Rural touring, Warwickshire (venue tbc)

15th: Rural touring, Nottinghamshire (venue tbc)

16th: Rural touring, Lincolnhire (venue tbc)

22nd: Swanton Novers Village Hall, Norfolk NR24 2RB

30th: Music In Ulpha, Cumbria

April   

19th: Chettle Village Hall, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8DB

June   

8th: Holywell Music and Folk Holywell Music Rooms, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SD

 July

7th: Readifolk, Watlington House, Reading, Berkshire

20th: Westfield War Memorial Village, Lancaster, Lancs (WW1 show)

September    

21st: Heron Theatre, Milnthorpe, 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