Saturday 18th May 2019
After a fantastic performance at Derby Folk Festival 2018, we are pleased to welcome back Harp and Monkey to our venue at The Lawns Hotel.
Award-winning modern folk and storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic short stories (both traditional and original) about life, love and remembrance.
Their work has been described as “bold and brilliant” by the likes of The Observer, “fantastic” and “fascinating” by Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2, “inventive” by Mojo, “excellent” by The Guardian, and “rousing” by The Daily Telegraph. A firm favourite of folk legend Mike Harding, who gave them their first BBC airplay, the band have subsequently appeared in-session on the ‘Beeb’ with the likes of Mark Radcliffe and Clare Balding.
Such is the outfit’s reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been invited to appear at the annual international showcase (The English Folk Expo) that highlights the best English folk acts on the circuit. Their innovative approach has seen them undertake numerous projects with the likes of the Arts Council and leading national galleries and museums.
Previous winners of the ‘best band’ category in the annual folking.com award, the trio (who have been friends for decades) enjoy a fantastic rapport with their audiences.
fRoots Magazine “Undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now.”
Mike Harding “Absolutely top stuff… very, very interesting and unusual songwriting.
An Incredible String Band for the 21st Century.”
Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2 Folk show "Charming - impossible not to like"