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Harp And A Monkey CD

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Folk Police Records
  • ASIN: B004RIDR06
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Elbow for seafarers and ramblers." Expect to hear harps, banjos, glockenspiels, melodicas, electro beats and classic songsmithery colliding in a unique mash-up. Harp and a Monkey's leftfield yet accessible folk-electronica and beautifully spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance, are shot through with a Deep Lancashire sensibility and a firm commitment to classic songsmithery. Martin Purdy, Andy Smith and Simon Jones channel the ghosts of summers in municipal parks and winters on the moors. Amongst their influences, they cite Ordnance Survey maps, Delia Derbyshire, Ralph Vaughan Williams, the M62 motorway and Oliver Postgate, adding, "We love everything from Bert Jansch and Boards of Canada." Formed in 2008, the band have built up a strong following around northern England via relentless gigging. Whether headlining at the Holmfirth Folk Festival or playing unplugged to a handful of guests at a house concert, they come into their own - there is nowhere they've played where they haven't been invited back. We say they are the bastard sons of the Oldham Tinkers locked in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop with only the British Film Institute back catalogue and a handful of scratchy folk LPs from the early seventies for company. They say: "The two stipulations we made when we started were that we wanted to gig a lot and to sound 'British'. We're happy at how close we've got on both counts."

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I have been waiting for the arrival of this album for quite some time, having seen this band on the festival circuit a couple of times last summer. They were quite outstanding live and very hard to put a label on.
Thankfully, this debut album lives up to all my expectations - and yet despite numerous listens the band remain extremely difficult to pin down. Is it folk? Well it definitely follows the traditional storytelling of that medium, but the boundaries otherwise become blurred. A friend described it as being "like the band Elbow, but for seafairers and ramblers". I really can't do better than that.
Harp and a Monkey specialise in very melodic and very intense musical stories that cover some really interesting and unusual subjects. How about volunteering for the First World War, disappointed brides, ghost stories and the importance of making a good cup of tea! Even better still, all of this is set to a really odd but accessible backdrop of acoustic guitar, banjo, harp, glockenspiel and pulsing electronica. It's very individual, charismatic and endearingly British.
Even this early in the annual calendar, I can see this CD seriously competing for the title of my album of the year. Excellent.
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A unique combination of instruments and sounds that blend together beautifully. These are thoughtful melodies and ditties blending the past and present that suck you into a world somewhere between a dreamland and reality. This is topped by the gritty northern vocals of the singer combining perfectly with wonderfully, soft, silvery rhythms.
Please play a gig in Chorlton!
Graeme Clarke
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I stumbled across Harp and a Monkey live at a Donkey sanctuary open day.

I was drawn in by the warm and distinctive voice of Martin Purdey and enchanted by the music.Belive it not what looked like a kiddies glochenspeil plays a major part.
The songs were spooky ,sad, and uplifting in equal measure.

I only got half the jist as I was taking a video of event so a copy of the CD was essential and I wasn't disappointed.

Buy it now.
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