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Victorians - Songs, Stories and More

Show Details

Presented by Harp & A Monkey

Performance date and time
Friday, 11th October 2019
7:30 PM

Andy Smith: banjo, melodica, guitar Martin Purdy: vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica, keyboards Simon Jones: harp, guitar, viola

The award-winning harp 'n' banjo driven contemporary-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and Andy Smith is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. They expertly blend the poignant and the informative with the humorous and entertaining. Formed in 2008, Harp & A Monkey have established a loyal following via the old-fashioned practice of relentless gigging. Regulars on the national folk club and rural touring circuit, the band have gained a strong reputation for the excellent rapport they establish with their live audiences. Such is the strength of their reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been asked to perform at the English Folk Expo; the annual international showcase of the best of English folk and roots music. The trio's melodic and hauntological storytelling, underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery, has caught the attention and support of the likes of Clare Balding and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2, Lopa Kothari and Nick Luscombe on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and many more international, national and regional broadcasters. Their acclaimed historically-themed shows are upheld by their singer and raconteur Martin Purdy, an internationally acclaimed historian and Doctor of Philosophy who has acted as a researcher and advisor for the BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' magazine for many years, wrote a pocket-book guide for them in 2008 (republished in 2013) and is the co-author of such critically acclaimed books as 'Doing Our Bit' and 'The Gallipoli Oak'. Harp & A Monkey's new show, 'The Victorians', reworks and revives the largely forgotten folk, music hall, parlour, industrial, agricultural and street music of the era – and looks at what it can tell us about the people and their many foibles. The songs cover a myriad of themes from the deportation of convicts to jilted lovers and those opposed to the temperance movement. They bring all the songs to life with thought-provoking, poignant and humorous background tales. A truly heart-warming evening of foot-tapping tunes, intelligent conversation and big laughter. 'A packed room royally entertained. Harp & A Monkey gave us an amazing variety of distinctive and brilliant songs together with interesting and amusing banter.' The Village Pump (Trowbridge, Wiltshire) 'A sell-out night! We received so many audience comments afterwards saying how much they had enjoyed their unique blend of music and storytelling.' Village Folk (Derbyshire)

'Fantastic stuff - sensational!' Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2, Good Morning Sunday 'Rousing music and droll Lancashire humour.' Daily Telegraph 'Brilliant.' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 'Legendary act.' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 'Exceptional.' fRoots Magazine ★★★★ 'Bold and brilliant.' The Observer ★★★★ 'Excellent.' The Guardian

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Running time
90 min + interval

Audience Type

Age Range

Ticket Prices
£10.00 Standard

Other Ticket Information
Doors & bar open 7pm. Ample parking.

Main Box Office Telephone Number
01299 250 569

Available From
Call Barry & Ruth - 01299 250 569

Additional Information
Door open 7pm. Licensed bar from 7pm. Ample parking at the Hall/

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Reservable/general parking on site Level entrance Ramped approach up to entrance Wheelchair accessible toilet

This performance is supported by:

Arts Council, England

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