Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works.

This is a quartet previously known under their own names for Christmas shows and as part of shows with the author Michael Morpurgo.

They have decided to become an all year group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment.

They play, piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles.

Narthen is a new name for a new venture.

They are doing a few key performances in 2017 and will be seen more from 2018 onwards.


Hark Hark are the quartet’s Christmas shows which continue apace. They are a seasonal mix of songs and tunes that reflect the whole of Christmas and the winter season. The wonderful four part harmony Yorkshire carols are mixed with songs showing the less reverential and more humorous side of Christmas.

As many people now say: ‘Christmas starts with you’.

These shows have become an institution.

Shows and Tour Periods 2018

  • 11th March 2018 – Abbotts Langley Community Centre 3-5pm
  • 20th April 2018 – Nailors Football Club Conference centre, Belper
  • 26th/27th May Sept 2018 – Chippenham Folk Festival
  • 22nd June 2018 – Leicester Guildhall
  • 4th/5th Aug 2018 – Sidmouth Folk Festival
  • 11th/12th Aug 2018 – Broadstairs Folk Festival
  • 8th September 2018 – Swanage Folk Festival Concert plus workshop
    • 9th September Topsham Folk Club

      Hark Hark winter tour booking now.

      • 14th December 2018– Potteries Folk Club
        • 1st/2nd December Arts Reach 2018, Dorset Rural Touring
            21st December 2018, Otley Court House