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We are delighted to announce that Shave the Monkey will be playing a few reunion concerts in Belgium and the UK.

The line up for these performances will include 5 of the original members:

  • Bryan Causton - Mandolin . Guitars , Bouzouki Vocals, and Cittern

  • Steve Collins - Melodeons, Guitar and Vocals

  • Kevin Neaves - Drums and percusion

  • Duncan Moss - Hurdy Gurdy, Bagpipes,Flute, Saxophone ,Oboe and Rauchfife.

  • Guido Rincon - Keyboards,Guitars,Bouzouki and Vocals

and will be joined by:

  • John Campbell Armer - Bass,Guitars and Vocals
  • Penni McLaren Walker - Vocals and Guitars


About Shave the Monkey

Shave the Monkey's influences came from many sources, including traditional, rock, early and classical music, as as evident in its unique style. Their command of over 20 instruments which spanned ten centuries, coupled with superbly crafted songs made what can only be called an electric performance.

Shave performed at many of Europe’s top festivals including Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Dranouter Festival in Belgium and Zwolle Folk Festival in the Netherlands. When not performing at festivals the band played up and down the UK in folk clubs and art centres. Shave the Monkey also made many appearances on both radio and television.

During the fifteen years they were together the band recorded four albums at Woodworm Studios

Shave the Monkey played together for fifteen years – but all good things must come to an end, so at the end of 2003, decided to call it a day. Shave the Monkey reunited for one off concerts in 2004, 2009, 2011, 2014 and will once again reunite for a few more concerts in 2019/20.


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