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Harp and a Monkey perform: The Great War – New Songs and Stories

Harp and a Monkey perform: The Great War – New Songs and Stories

Mancunian folk-storytelling trio perform an acclaimed show about World War I

10 July 2016

10 July 2016, Harp and a Monkey @ People's History Museum. Left to right, Simon Jones, Andy Smith and Martin Purdy © Harp and a Monkey

Time 14:00 - 15:30

Duration 1 hours 30 minutes

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £5

To mark the ongoing centenary of World War I, the Mancunian folk-storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey perform an acclaimed show about the conflict.  Expect far more than ‘mud, blood and trenches’ as stereotypical narratives are challenged.

Harp and a Monkey use an eclectic collection of instrumentsAmong the topics covered in story and song are themes of remembrance, war disability, work on the home front (such as postmen), conscientious objection and conscription, the role of music on and off the battlefield, family relationships and more.  The show’s themes have been put together by the band’s frontman, Martin Purdy, who also happens to be a respected World War I author and broadcaster whose work has included book commissions for the likes of the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? franchise as well as numerous academic papers and two popular history books (Doing Our Bit and The Gallipoli Oak) on the conflict.

Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey are regulars on the national festival circuit, and their melodic and hauntological storytelling 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.  Their records have received outstanding reviews, with the likes of Roots magazine describing them as ‘one of the most vital and charismatic things happening in English folk music right now’ and Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 proclaiming them as ‘impossible not to like’.

This performance being hosted as part of the ongoing centenary of the Battle of the Somme is not to be missed.

The show is touring nationally with the support of Arts Council England and the Western Front Association.  Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.  Supported by UCLan and Everyday Lives in War – the University of Hertfordshire First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Suitable for all ages

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First World War Centenary, Led By IWMUCLanUniversity of HertfordshireArts & Humanities Research Council

Booking Requirements:

  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
  • Please note all donations are non refundable
  • For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk