The Importance of Digging Holes: Harp and A Monkey


Date(s) - 21/04/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Importance of Digging Holes: The Harp and A Monkey


Saturday 21st April

Bar Opens: 19:00pm

Starts at 19:30pm – 21:30pm


Fronted by an easy-going raconteur and BBC ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ historian, this acclaimed Lancashire  folk-storytelling trio  matches an excellent first world war folk set with humorous and melodic northern life short stories. Lively, inventive folk delivered in a down-to-earth manner. The trio’s melodic and hauntological storytelling, which is always underpinned by a firm commitment to classic song smithery is an event you do not want to miss.


Songs about cuckolded mole catchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims…. we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey. A harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.


Ticket Prices: £10 / £8 (concession)

Where to buy your tickets: Spring Bank Arts Centre, High Street Bookstore,

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