3 Daft Monkeys

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3 Daft Monkeys
3 Daft Monkeys
Background information
Origin Cornwall, UK
Genres Folk
Years active 2000 - present
Associated acts The Levellers
Website http://www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk
Members Tim Ashton
Athene Roberts
Lukas Drinkwater
Past members Rich Mulryne
Jamie Waters

3 Daft Monkeys are a world music-influenced acoustic band from Cornwall, UK, consisting of Tim Ashton, Athene Roberts, and Lukas Drinkwater (who replaced original Bass player, Jamie Waters). The instrumentation consists of vocals, fiddle, twelve-string guitar, bass guitar and foot drum. The band's musical influences include Celtic, Balkan, Romani, Latino, electronic dance, reggae, dub, punk rock, and traditional folk music.[citation needed]

The albums Hubbadillia and Social Vertigo were recorded in Devon at Martin Barre's Presshouse studios and Green Room Studios respectively, and were produced by Mark Tucker, who also works with bands such as Flook and PJ Harvey.

The band have had great success at venues and festivals all over the UK and Europe, including being invited by Show of Hands to play the main stage at the Eden Project and the 2008 BBC Proms at St David's Hall in Cardiff. Other highlights include GuilFest; Folkwoods, Holland; the Glastonbury Festival,[1][2] the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival; Folk Segovia, Spain; Lorient Interceltic Festival, France; Kevelaer World Music Festival, Germany; Labadoux Festival, Belgium and enthusiastically welcomed returns to the Beautiful Days and Larmer Tree festivals. They are also a regular support act for The Levellers,[3] with Roberts usually returning to join the Levellers onstage for the finale in a duelling fiddle-off of "What You Know" with added tambourine from Waters and tin-whistle from Ashton.

The band have enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Ulster[4] and BBC Radio Wales[5] during 2006 and 2007, and were described by presenter Mike Harding as "a brilliant band... absolutely amazing".

In May 2012 they played Lakefest festival[6] and are due to play Scarborough's Acoustic Gathering[7] on the 9 Sept.

3 Daft Monkeys performing at the festival "Folk am Neckar" 2013
Athene Roberts
Tim Ashton
Lukas Drinkwater

Line-up changes[edit]

The band's first album, Brouhaha, featured Rich Mulryne on djembe, kick drum, cymbals, tambourine and saucepan. From Ooomim onwards Waters played bass.

In May 2011, Lukas Drinkwater joined the band as a temporary replacement for Jamie Waters just for the summer tour, later it was decided that Lukas was to join permanently after Jamie stepped down. When not performing with 3 Daft Monkeys, Lukas plays double bass in the Dart Valley Stompers, a popular Traditional and New Orleans Jazz Band led by award winning saxophone and clarinet player, Jeremy Huggett.


Brouhaha (2000)[edit]

Six songs recorded in Cornwall in 2000 with the band's original line-up.

  1. Wonderful
  2. 3 Daft Monkeys
  3. Nothing
  4. Maximillian
  5. Saturn Returns
  6. Global Junkie

Ooomim (2002)[edit]

Eight songs recorded in Germany, during October 2001 and released in 2002.

  1. Faces
  2. Ooomim
  3. We Be
  4. Weird-Id
  5. Crimson Eyes
  6. Chuffy
  7. Cheerio
  8. For the Wedding

Hubbadillia (2004)[edit]

Ten songs recorded by Mark Tucker at Presshouse Studios, Devon during the summer of 2004, released December 2004.

  1. Hubbadillia
  2. Hey Listen
  3. Trez Cerveza
  4. Air
  5. Astral Eyes
  6. Bubbles
  7. The Man
  8. Stop
  9. Timeless
  10. Does My Head In

Gibbon It Live & Dreckly (2007)[edit]

12 tracks recorded live at various venues during 2006.

  1. Broygas Tantz
  2. Hubbadillia
  3. Tres Cerveza
  4. 3 Daft Monkeys
  5. One Fine Day
  6. Ooomim
  7. Social Vertigo
  8. Astral Eyes
  9. Hey Listen
  10. Faces
  11. Maximillian
  12. Mazoltov

Go Tell the Bees EP (2007)[edit]

Showcasing three new tracks from the band's forthcoming album, plus one old favourite.

  1. Go Tell the Bees [Radio Edit]
  2. Paranoid Big Brother
  3. Social Vertigo [Radio Edit]
  4. Astral Eyes [Remastered]

Social Vertigo (2008)[edit]

13 Tracks recorded with Mark Tucker during 2007. Includes guest musicians on cello, brass, and percussion.

  1. Paranoid Big Brother
  2. Eyes of Gaia
  3. Human Nature (Prelude)
  4. Human Nature
  5. Go Tell the Bees
  6. Guardian Angel
  7. Since
  8. One Fine Day
  9. Social Vertigo
  10. Little Secret
  11. Let 'Em In
  12. Monkey & the Slippers
  13. Dance of the Old Man of Storr

The Antiquated And The Arcane (2010)[edit]

  1. The Antiquated and The Arcane
  2. Under One Sun
  3. Just A Ride
  4. Doors Of Perception
  5. Days Of The Dance
  6. Perfect Stranger
  7. Time To Evolve
  8. Casualties Of Tour
  9. Civilised Debauchery
  10. She Said
  11. Love (SIC) Fool
  12. Love Life

Of Stones & Bones[edit]

  1. Agnes the Giant Killer
  2. Sarah, the Devil and Jack
  3. The Lovers of Porthgwarra Cove
  4. Jenny and the Changeling
  5. World on its Head
  6. The Tale of the Laziest Pirate
  7. Morwenna
  8. The Pellars of Zennor
  9. Reverend Hawker of Morwenstow
  10. One and All
  11. The Stranger

Film Appearances[edit]

The band played the part of buskers in the Cornish film Darralla Jooan Choy an Horr (trans.The Tale of John of Chyannor), winner of the Audience Award at the 2004 Goel Fylm Kernow (Cornwall Film Festival).[8]


  1. ^ "Glastonbury 2007 - Artists/line-up". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, Alex (1 May 2008). "More Glastonbury stage lineups revealed". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  3. ^ Woods, Peter (3 March 2005). "The Big Review: The Levellers". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  4. ^ "The Late Show with Colin Murray Playlist". BBC Radio Ulster. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Mixing It Playlist for 23 September 2006". BBC Radio Wales. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  6. ^ http://lakefest.co.uk/line-up-2012
  7. ^ http://www.acousticgathering.co.uk/
  8. ^ "Storytelling The Cornish Way", Brave Tales website

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