It was a great night at the Kings Arms, here are some photos
Here is are some photos from the last gig..
Harp and a Monkey
THIS FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
Sleepingdog + The Lone Taxidermist + Harp and a Monkey
Intimate Candle Lit Gig at the Kings Arms
11 Bloom Street
Available directly from the Kings Arms or
Chantal Acda has been performing and recording under the name Sleepingdog since 2006. ‘Polar Life’ is her second album following her debut ‘Naked in a Clean Bed’ which was released on Zeal back in 2006.
On both these records Chantal has worked with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid/Dead Texan). Adam has become an essential part of the music, bringing his trademark soundscapes and strings into the songs and handling production duties.
Wiltzie suggested to select for ‘Polar Life’ only those songs in which beats are all but absent, so the subdued pureness and the unity of the atmosphere of the album go beyond the limits of New-Folk and Folktronica.
The Moon, drapes of Black, Goths, FUNERALS, funeral marches, Ertha Kitt, nightmares, Hitchcock, nightime, the dark, Vera Hall, painted vales, roadkill, death, victorians, maccabre, melodrama, Moondog, whitchcraft, The Wickerman,,, Dante’s inferno, moustaches, hell, circus freakshows, drums, bass, loop pedals, taxidermy, anything stuffed, sex and violence, sex, men, sex with men, violent sex with women, women that tell lies, the Amanita Muscaria, decadence, Frankenstein, Asia Argento, haunted scout huts, Edie Sedgwick, masks, dead flowers, the unknown, paganism, ring a ring a roses a pocket full of poses, the plague, Sonny Terry, rats with no eyes, one man bands, dark women, feathers, pirates, the rain, the black sea, The Cramps, The Cure, skulls, bones, mutilation, Apocalypticism, didley bows……………………………… The BRIDE of FRANKENSTEIN
Harp and a Monkey are a three-piece from North Manchester who were formed in 2008.
They combine folk, electronica and roots and have been wooing audiences around Greater Manchester with their leftfield, but accessible, approach to songsmithery and instrumentation – expect harps, banjos, glockenspiels, melodicas and electro beats in a unique mash-up.
The band are Martin Purdy on vocals/ glockenspiel/ electronica and harmonica, Andy Smith on banjo/ guitar/ melodica and electronics and Simon Jones on harp/ guitar and electronics.
The trio have been friends for more than 12 years and have their own studio above a greasy spoon in Blackley – where they mix beats with bacon butties.
They say: “We love everything from Beethoven to Boards of Canada – but the one stipulation we made when we started was that we wanted it to sound ‘English’. The songs are essentially short stories and lyrically in the tradition of acts like The Specials, The Kinks and It’s Immaterial as much as traditional folk. We sing about ghosts, unhappy brides, absent fathers and people who dig holes for a living.”