Harp and a Monkey Devon’s bow

By Sam Acourt in Arts

Tales of cuckolded molecatchers, a lone oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims are coming to Diptford – in the shape of award-winning northern folk and storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey.

The trio will be appearing for the first time in Devon at Diptford Parish Hall on Friday at 7.30pm.

The multi-instrumentalist group has gained a reputation as one of the UK’s leading purveyors of modern folk music.

Martin Purdy, the band’s frontman and a historian and author, whose titles have included offerings for the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? franchise, explained: “We perform a mixture of traditional and original material that often takes the form of short stories set to song.

“That is how we come to be singing about such things as molecatchers with wayward wives and the importance of digging holes.”

He added: “It is really exciting to be playing in Devon for the first time, and we promise those who come some great melodies, real poignancy and plenty of laughs.”

Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have released three critically acclaimed albums and were recent­ly voted best band of 2016 by the respected folking.com  website.

The three old friends also pride themselves on never having played anywhere and not having been invited back.

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