Harp and a Monkey SONGS about cuckolded molecatchers, 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.

The 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.
v The outfit, who have been friends for more than 20 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. Ask them about their influences and they are as likely to cite Ordnance Survey maps and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are Bert Jansch, Bjork or Bellowhead.

Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have been building up a loyal following via the old fashioned practice of relentless gigging and modern practice of social network sites. Regulars on the northern festival circuit, in recent years they have expanded their live outreach across the country. The band are particularly proud of the fact that they have gained a strong reputation for building an excellent rapport with their live audiences and the fact that they have never played anywhere and not been invited back. Such is the strength of their reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been asked to perform at the Homegrownfestival; the annual international showcase of the best of English folk music.

The trio’s melodic and hauntological storytelling, which is always underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery, has caught the attention and support of the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2, Lopa Kothari and Nick Luscombe on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and many more international, national and regional broadcasters.


15th Jul, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£10/£8 concessions


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The Askew Sisters Emily and Hazel Askew are fast becoming one of the most popular and respected duos on the English folk scene.

From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives.

The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breathtaking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song. These create a perfect setting for Hazel’s striking voice, which won her Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards 2011.

Emily and Hazel’s latest album, In the Air or the Earth, was released by RootBeat Records, to widespread critical acclaim, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album 2015.


"Inspired arrangements of traditional music, striking versions of tricky ballads – this is traditional folk in a fine, fresh form."
The Telegraph

"An album of singular and iconic beauty."
FolkWords

" Vocals shimmering above fiddles, viola, melodeons and concertina, [this album] casts its spell."
The Sunday Times



16th Sep, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£12/£10 concessions


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Rachel Newton
‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
‘Instrumentalist of the Year’– Scots Trad Awards 2016

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion and with a full band when they’re joined by Michael Owers on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys.

A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of the successful UK folk bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective. She also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.

Rachel released her mighty new album ‘Here’s My Heart Come Take it’ in April 2016.

‘A beauty’
Observer

‘Newton has made the leap to a fine solo performer and this album is perhaps her best yet’
Telegraph

‘Haunting and compelling’
The Guardian

‘Newton delivers a thing of great beauty’
fROOTS Magazine



7th Oct, 8.00pm
Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE
£12/£10 concessions


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