I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first hearing of Harp And A Monkey. Their publicity material is entirely accurate but the bare facts fail to paint a true picture of the band. All Life Is Here is their second album.
Coming from Manchester they have the down-to-earth quality that I’ve missed since I came down south. Martin Purdy’s voice immediately transported me back forty-odd years and two hundred miles north and their heavily rewritten traditional songs welcomed me back. But it’s not just nostalgia. ‘Molecatcher’, for example, isn’t the exercise in single entendre that it became in the folk clubs. Glockenspiel gives the song a new lightness and the band’s new chorus and bridge, coupled with the omission of the defiant penultimate verse, make this a story of regret. Continue reading HARP AND A MONKEY – All Life Is Here (MoonrakerUK)
Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims, it can only mean one thing – a new album by the acclaimed folk experimentalists Harp And A Monkey.
Released on Monday, March 24th, All Life Is Here is the much-anticipated second album from the electro-folk-storytellers. Recorded once again in their home studio in North Manchester, the new record consolidates the trios growing reputation as one of the UK’s leading purveyors of accessible left-field folk.
As well as showcasing more of their original and deeply felt hauntological songwriting, the band have also reworked a number of traditional folk songs and poems from their beloved Lancashire, including ‘Bolton’s Yard’, ‘Pay Day’, ‘The Molecatcher’ and ‘Manchester Angel’. The physical version of the album includes an ‘arts and crafts’ booklet with song explanations and glorious artwork. Continue reading Electro-folk-storytellers Harp And A Monkey release new album (All Life Is Here) on March 24