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- Created on Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:47
The Globe in Glossop has gained a reputation as one of the best venues for roots music on the national circuit, so the return of the band that was voted the best act through its doors in 2014 is about as strong an assurance of a quality night out as you are going to get! Next Thursday (November 12) sees the welcome return of the popular northern folk trio Harp and a Monkey, whose beautifully crafted tales of northern life, love and remembrance were deemed the highlight of a 2014 programme that had included acclaimed national and international artists.
Hardly surprising then that the multi-instrumental storytellers are in big demand on the national festival circuit and also in a position to boast that they have never played anywhere and not subsequently been invited back. Among the trio’s flag-bearers are the likes of Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe and Steve Lamacq, and their last album, All Life Is Here, was named among the folk albums of the year by such luminaries as Mike Harding, FolkRadioUK and The Daily Telegraph. One influential music magazine recently described Harp and a Monkey as “undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music today”.
Martin Purdy, the band’s front-man and a Manchester-based historian and author, explained: “We perform a mixture of traditional and original material that often takes the form of short stories set to song. We will be singing about such varied things as the Kinder Trespass, mermaids in cages and men digging holes – but most of all we will be celebrating the extraordinary things that ordinary people do.”
He added: “It is really exciting to be returning to a venue that has appreciated our work so much in the past, but we will not be resting on past glories and promise those who come to this show a great night of laughter and poignancy.”