Grayshott Folk Club welcomes back: HARP & a MONKEY


28 Jun 2024


Doors Open 7.15pm
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

NEXT UP at Grayshott Folk Club:

Friday 28th June 2024 @ 7.30pm


Grayshott Village Hall, HeadleyRoad, Grayshott,                                                                                                                                      Nr. HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6TZ



Regular, long-standing Grayshott Folksters will know Harp and a Monkey from their previous visits to us. The unique and evocative work 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 life, love and remembrance.

From original compositions to traditional songs, 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 Chris Wood, Bjork, Ewan MacColl or The Oldham Tinkers.

Since forming in 2008, Harp & A Monkey have released four albums:

“Harp & a Monkey” (2011), “All Life is Here” (2014), “War Stories” (2016) and “The Victorians” (2019). Each album is based on in-depth research, is historically accurate and the band have strong, personal connections with the subject matter so deliver their songs with belief and passion.

BBC New Traditions summed up the band with the following description:

“Remarkable storytelling, remarkably unique band – innovative and different!”

Harp & a Monkey are a versatile collective which includes international award-winning artists, animators and storytellers in their ranks and they’ve been commissioned to undertake bespoke song-writing, soundtrack, film and public/community art projects for leading universities, museums and TV companies, as well as a wide range of other cultural bodies.


Above all, Harp & a Monkey are great entertainers who will carry you along with them on a musical journey to meet the good, the bad and the ugly………….

“Calico Printer’s Clerk”:

“Travelling Salesman”:

Tickets £15

Available (in person only) from Grayshott Post Office                                        

Phone Des O’Byrne on: 01428 607096                                                                                

Online from Ents 24:             

The event is finished.



Grayshott Village Hall
Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr. HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6TZ