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Harp & a Monkey - Songs & Stories of The Great War

Harp and a Monkey

Harp and a Monkey mix traditional folk instruments with electronic beats in a new show, Songs and Stories of The Great War.

Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have built a strong reputation as a band who enjoy a fantastic rapport with their audiences. Leftfield yet highly accessible, everything that they do is underpinned by a firm commitment to classic song-smithery.

Regulars on the festival circuit and a regular gigging trio, they have enjoyed support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mike Harding and Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, Nick Luscombe and Lopa Kothari on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK, and many more international, national and regional broadcasters and magazine and newspaper critics. They have recently collected excellent reviews for their second album, All Life Is Here.

With harp, viola, guitar, banjo, glockenspiel and a vocal reminiscent of Elbow’s Guy Garvey, the electro-folk storytelling trio provide a captivating blend of songs and stories, including both original and re-workings of traditional tunes.

Featuring old wives’ tales, the aftermath of war and family days out and with a stage presence that always raises a smile, Harp and a Monkey celebrate real heroes in songs such as Men Digging Holes and Walking in the Footsteps of Giants – about those who led the Kinder Mass Trespass, then went to fight fascism in Spain.

The performance includes poignant, tragic and humorous anecdotes of a bona-fide expert: singer and raconteur Martin Purdy is a published World War I historian. The show is illustrated by photographic projections and field recordings of people who lived through the war.

Harp and a Monkey can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Saturday April 18 at 7.45pm. There will also be a pre-show talk and Q&A with singer and historian Martin Purdy at 7pm. Tickets, priced from £10 to £15, are available online at and from the Box Office on 01723 370541.

Harp & a Monkey - Songs & Stories of The Great War Reviewed by Editor on 20:53:00 Rating: 5

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