Return of town favourites

Harp and a Monkey
Harp and a Monkey

ONE OF the North West’s most hotly-tipped alternative folk acts is heading to New Mills as part of the town’s annual community festival.

Back by popular demand, the trio of Martin Purdy, Andy Smith and Simon Jones, who form Harp and a Monkey, will perform at the newly-refurbished Spring Bank Arts Centre on Friday September 21.

The performance is just one event in a packed programme for New Mills Festival 2012, the town’s annual explosion of community creativity, which runs from Friday September 14 to Sunday September 30.

Harp and a Monkey was formed in late 2008 and has been building up a strong following around the north of England via the old-fashioned practice of relentless gigging.

Described as “Elbow for seafarers and ramblers”, their harp and banjo-driven electronic storytelling has a Northern sensibility that shines through in their beautifully-crafted vignettes of life, love and remembrance.

They return to New Mills following a successful performance at The Art Lounge in May.

Doors at Spring Bank Arts Centre open at 7.30pm, ahead of an 8pm start. A licensed bar will be available.

Tickets, priced £7.50 (£6 student and OAPs, £4.75 under-18s), will be available on the door or online at