|Friday 17 May 2019 @ 09:00pm : -
Monkey See Monkey Do
Monkey See Monkey Do is a bunch of trained primates from the urban jungles of Southampton, who bring traditional tunes and songs to life with clarity and conviction, flawlessly mixing the modern and the traditional with a zealous flair, which is completely their own.
After spending the summer playing folk tunes together, notably during Sidmouth Folk Week (2013), the two founding members, brothers Sam and Aaron Horlock, initially started the band as a duo project on fiddle and guitar, the name being inspired by the band’s folk-inspired covers.
Soon after that, the brothers crossed paths with clarinettist, Helen Gentile (2014) who joined the band’s exciting journey as they began to reinvent English and Irish tune sets and songs. Now with guitar, fiddle and clarinet, the band maintained its traditional sound but gained a zesty Eastern European edge. Bodhran player and classically trained violinist Matthew Aldous was next to join the ranks (2015), combining tip-top, toe-tapping percussion skills with superb musical prowess and completing the final piece of the puzzle that is now Monkey See Monkey Do.
Since 2015, Monkey See Monkey Do has performed at a number of prestigious venues across the south of England, including Winchester Folk Club, The Fo’c’sle Folk Club and Folklights. Having taken time to hone their repertoire since the release of their EP, ‘Colouring Outside the Lines’ (2014), the band is now in the process of recording their much-awaited debut album, ‘The Night Out’.
Skilled musicians in their own right, Sam Horlock, Aaron Horlock, Helen Gentile and Matthew Aldous have a number of other musical projects underway. Sam plays with Shamrock Keys, Contraband and Alehouse Jukebox as well as running a regular folk music showcase in collaboration with Hobgoblin Music. Aaron, who is studying classical guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, plays in a duo with renowned fiddle player, Nick Goode, as well as running a weekly music session in London. Helen has had three years’ experience teaching woodwind for Hampshire Music Service and plays with Threepenny Bit, Manoir Dreams, The Shimmering Bees and with fiddle player, Lewis Wood. Matthew, a skilled singer, fiddle player and percussionist plays with The Flying Dishrags, Also Known As and Folk on the Green.
Drawing together the wealth of their diverse musical influences, Monkey See Monkey Do put traditional music in the limelight with their tasteful reinventions of folk tunes and songs. With unfailing dynamism and zeal, Monkey See Monkey Do is a foot-stomping, high-energy folk band not to be missed!