Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community, medieval pilgrims and Victorian bare-knuckle boxers... We can only be talking about the acclaimed song and storytelling trio Harp & a Monkey.
Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2): “Fantastic and fascinating.” The Observer: “Bold and brilliant.” Mojo: “Inventive.” The Guardian: “Excellent.” Louder Than War: “Highly original.” Songlines: “Authentic folk with modern creativity.” Mike Harding (folk legend): “Great fan... from the leftfield but steeped in the tradition.” Kathryn Tickell (BBC Radio 2): “Unique sound – I really love the soundscapes they create.” Boff Whalley (musical activist): “Engaging, melodic and thought-provoking.” BBC New Traditions: “Remarkable storytelling, remarkably unique band - innovative and different!” Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 2): “Electrofolk as shiny as a new button.” Uncut: "Their low-key charms are persistent."
Skylarks is a poignant ode that seeks to convey the overwhelming sense of joy and protectiveness felt by a loving parent for his children – in this case, based around the narrative of a father taking his two youngsters on a walk over the West Pennine Moors
Poor People We was inspired by two 19th century industrial street ballads that originate from the trio's native North-West of England: ‘Humanity Is Calling’ and ‘The Spinners Lamentation’ both date back to 1863-64 and the great British cotton famine.
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