21st Sep, 2020

Music, stories and more as Harp and a Monkey head for Feckenham

Correspondent 13th Mar, 2020

AWARD-winning northern folk experimentalists and storytellers, Harp and a Monkey visit Feckenham this Sunday, March 15 with a brand new show ‘The Victorians’.

Their crafted set reworks and revives the largely forgotten folk, music hall, parlour and street music of the Victorian era.

Hailed as an ‘exceptional’ live act by Roots Magazine, they bring the songs to life with thought-provoking, poignant and humorous background tales.

Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have cemented a loyal following through relentless gigging and social media.

Centre stage is singer and raconteur Martin Purdy, an internationally acclaimed historian with a PhD who has acted as a researcher and advisor for the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ magazine for many years and wrote a pocket-book guide for them in 2008.

He’s also the co-author of such critically acclaimed books as ‘Doing Our Bit’ and ‘The Gallipoli Oak’.

The band has made numerous appearances on BBC Radio 2 with presenters Clare Balding and Mike Harding and are regulars on Folk Radio UK and Radio 3. They’ve also won numerous UK and International awards for their live performances and their albums.

Their gig is at Feckenham Village Hall from 7.30pm and its brought to this rural outpost of Redditch by Live and Local – the county’s performing arts scheme – and is sponsored by Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council and Redditch Borough Council.

Tickets are £11 from the Village Shop and The Rose and Crown in Feckenham or book online at www.feckhall.org or call 0333 666 3366.

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