Live & Local – HARP & A MONKEY – IMPORTANCE OF DIGGING HOLES

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‘Bold and brilliant.’ The Observer ‘Fantastic stuff – sensational!’ Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2 ‘Rousing music and droll Lancashire humour.’ Daily Telegraph

Songs about cuckolded mole catchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling trio Martin Purdy, Simon Jones and Andy Smith imbue their first set with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. The outfit, who have been friends for more than 20 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. 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 Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe, 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. ‘Undoubtedly one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now.’ fRoots Magazine. ‘Absolutely top stuff… very, very interesting and unusual song-writing. An Incredible String Band for the 21st century.’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 ‘Folk Show’ Tickets TBC.