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2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Great War.
To mark the occasion and to honour all those who fought and died in the bloodiest conflict the world has ever known, Manchester’s electro-folk storytellers Harp and a Monkey have put together a very special show especially for St. Edith Hall.
To open this unique event and to set the scene, Martin Purdy, the band’s vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, will give a short talk on the war itself. Martin is a bona-fide expert on the conflict, having spent a number of years working as a freelance First World War advisor for the BBC’s 'Who Do You Think You Are?' Magazine. In 2008 he wrote a book for them (republished in 2013) explaining how to research a Great War combatant, and how to then use this information to plan a meaningful pilgrimage overseas, and he has co-authored two other books on the war, ‘Doing Our Bit’ and ‘The Gallipoli Oak’.
Following on from this, the band will perform a full set of songs based on the conflict and its aftermath. Finally, to lighten the sombre mood and lift our spirits they will play a further set of their own material.