Northern folk experimentalists and storytellers.

Award-winning Greater Manchester-based experimental folk and storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic short stories (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 on 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 regularly tour the country to huge public and critical acclaim.

Their innovative approach has also 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 awards, the trio (who have been friends for decades) enjoy a wonderful rapport with their audiences.

Expect plenty of songs about life in these parts…

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