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Monday, November 11, 2013

Harp and a Monkey Celebrate Northerness with new Album

Electro-folk storytellers Harp and a Monkey come to The Met with new album, All Life Here, on Wednesday 27 November at 8pm.


Memorably described as “Elbow for Seafarers and Ramblers“, the harp ‘n’ banjo driven music of Harp and a Monkey is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life.


“Absolutely top stuff… very, very interesting and unusual songwriting. An incredible string band for the 21st century.” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2


Ramsbottom trio Martin Purdy, Andy Smith and Simon Jones have been friends for over 15 years and in previous musical incarnations have toured nationally as support to the likes of Audioweb and Mansun. They formed Harp and a Monkey in 2008 and built up a following through the old-fashioned practice of relentless gigging and the modern practice of social media.


The band have now become regulars on the north-west festival circuit and have enjoyed national radio support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2 and Lopa Kothari on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and more.


Lancashire features heavily in All Life Here, with reworkings of traditional northern songs including Bowton’s Yard, Waiting For My Day and The Manchester Molecatcher.


Tickets to see Harp and a Monkey are £10. For more information or to book tickets phone 0161 761 2216 or go online at www.themet.biz.