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.”                                                                                               




18th: Atherstone Folk Club, Church End Brewery, Nuneaton, Warwickshire


25th: Village Folk, Chellaston, Derby


12th: Twickfolk, Twickenham, South West London

25th: The Studios Gallery, New Mills, Derbyshire


23rd: Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (WW1 show)

25th: Sandbach Folk Club, Market Tavern, Cheshire


3rd: Red Lion Folk Club, King’s Heath, Birmingham

6th: Old Courts, Wigan, Greater Manchester (with Merry Hell)

20th: Bolton Socialist Club, Greater Manchester

26th: Ireby Festival, Lake District, Cumbria


23rd: Lowdham Book Festival, Old Ship Inn, Lowdham, Nottinghamshire

30th: Tamworth Acoustic, The Samuel Barlow, Tamworth, Staffordshire


1st: TestiFest, Hartley Farm, Tosside, Ribble Valley, Lancs/North Yorks

5th: Thackray Museum, Leeds, Yorkshire (WW1 school show)v

13th: Topic Folk Club, Bradford, West Yorkshire

14th: Diptford Village Hall, Water Lane, Diptford, Devon TQ9 7NU

15th: Silver Street Sessions, Wiveliscombe, Taunton, Somerset

22nd: Party In The Park, Whaley Bridge Memorial Park, Derbyshire

30th: Cloudspotting Festival, Forest of Bowland, Lancs


12th-13th: Broadstairs Folk Week, Isle of Thanet, East Kent


1st: Fleetwood Folk and Blues Festival, Fylde Coast, Lancs

3rd: Mike Harding’s Settle Folk Gathering, Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorks

9th: Wigan Diggers Festival, The Wiend, Wigan, Greater Manchester

10th: Brook Farm, Bells Lane, Hawstead, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5NW (FREE WW1 show at 2pm)

17th: Head for the Hills Festival, Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester

23rd: The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester (NB: There is a WW1 workshop prior to the evening performance – you will need to book for this separately)

27th: Burnley Mechanics, Lancashire (WW1 Show)

30th: Heritage Centre, Crossgates Library, Farm Road, Leeds, Yorks LS15 7LB (FREE WW1 show at 1pm)


12th: Ashby de la Launde Village Hall, Lincolnshire

13th: St Martin’s Church, Welton le Wold, Lincolnshire

14th: Chinley Community Centre, High Peaks, Derbyshire

20th: Blackpool, Lancs (private concert)

22nd: Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (tickets: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/event/view/67790)


4th: The Green Man Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire.

8th: Dorking Folk Club, Dorking, Surrey

11th: Grand Theatre, Clitheroe, Lancs (with Merry Hell)

18th: Atherstone, (OSCA) Community Arts Centre, Warwickshire

25th: The Cellar Upstairs Folk Club, Calthorpe Arms, Bloomsbury, London


7th: Black Swan Folk Club, York, North Yorkshire

9th: Western Front Association, Wolverhampton Branch, West Midlands




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

17th: Heron Theatre, Milnthorpe, Cumbria

24th: Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, Berkshire


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

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


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

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


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


6th: Phoenix Folk Club, Poynton, Cheshire

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

14th: Wellington, Somerset (private concert)


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


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


3rd: Wilfred Owen Festival, Peter Humphries Theatre, Oswestry School, Shropshire (WW1 show)

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

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

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

18th: Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (WW1 show)


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




30th: Music In Ulpha, Cumbria


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