Band return to Todmorden

Harp and a Monkey in action
Harp and a Monkey in action

Acclaimed folk band Harp and a Monkey will be performing at a special ‘Upstairs at The Golden Lion’ show in Todmorden on Saturday.

The trio specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic short stories about northern life, love and remembrance, and their singer Martin Purdy has even written an acclaimed book - The Gallipoli Oak - about the men of Todmorden who fought at Gallipoli in the First World War.

Their third album, War Stories, came out in July and was labelled “bold and brilliant” by The Sunday Observer and “excellent” by The Guardian, with the band subsequently appearing in-session on such high-profile BBC Radio 2 shows as the Mark Radcliffe Folk Show and Clare Balding show.

Martin said: “We haven’t played in Todmorden for a number of years, although I have given loads of talks in the town about its brave sons who fought at Gallipoli.

“We are really looking forward to this show and are even going to dust off a song we wrote about The Gallipoli Oak, but haven’t played for a while, as a special tribute.”

Harp and a Monkey will also have a special guest for the performance in Baxter Rhodes and Friends.

Baxter is a talented singer-songwriter from the valley who always goes down a storm wherever he plays.

Among his ‘friends’ will be the renowned folk musician Dom Dudill, who now lives in neighbouring Bacup.

Tickets are priced at £5.50 in advance or £6 on the night. The doors open at the Fielden Square venue in Todmorden at 8pm.