The Funky Junky Monkeys are a five-piece party band from Malvern. They play a contagious mix of funk, punk, glam, indie, and rock, from 60s psychedelia to modern day classics. And they love to get people dancing!
The band formed in 1998 when three musicians thought it would be a lark to play gigs dressed in monkey suits. With a bizarre mix of techno and rap, early FJM performed their gigs incognito, behind their masks. However, it was near impossible to see their instruments and also incredibly hot. So they ditched the suits, got another guitarist and a drummer, and started playing lots of parties.
Ralph, Andy, Rob and Jem have been playing together since the early noughties but when Sharon joined on vocals and saxophone, the band really began to shine!
Over the years, the Funky Junky Monkeys have played hundreds of gigs at parties, weddings, festivals, and even wakes! They have a simple formula: play the songs you would like to hear at a house party. And it’s a formula that has worked well for them. They’ve gotten so many bookings that they’ve even put on their own festivals.
Five Pyramid Parties, two Godzilla’s, three Cwm Fests… and over twenty years later, the Funky Junky Monkeys are still going strong. They’re a veritable party in a box!
at a venue near you . . .
Previous Gigs from the Simian Quintet
Linsey is 50! Break out the bunting!
It’s Frank’s birthday! Recently arrived from Potters Bar, Frank is the new Landlord at the Plume of Feathers. Funky Junky Monkeys are thrilled to have been asked to play at […]
We’re drifting over to Upton on Severn for a wee gig in Sharon’s home town. Anything could happen!
FJM at The King’s Head
High St, Upton upon Severn, Worcester WR8 0HF
One of Great Malvern’s best little music venues.
Funky Junky Monkeys at The Red Lion
4 St. Anns Road, Great Malvern, WR14 4RG.
We’re back at the Green Dragon. Where the staff are fantastic and the dancing never stops!
Funky Junky Monkeys at The Green Dragon
126 Guarlford Rd, Malvern WR14 3QT
Grab your telescope and look up to the heavens with FJM as your soundtrack. From 6pm.
FJM at Out to Grass.
Woodend Farm, Bromyard Road, Cradley WR13 5JW
For a typical party such as a wedding the Funky Junky Monkeys usually play two sets of music, each around one hour long. If you have specific timings for your event we can adapt and fit in as required.
Our repertoire is always evolving but you can expect to hear some Buzzcocks, The Jam, Blondie, The Only Ones, T-Rex, David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Small Faces, Tubeway Army, Dandy Warhols, Cockney Rebel, Foo Fighters, Chic, Jackie Wilson, Labelle, Wild Cherry, Happy Mondays plus a few of our own!
We are also happy to learn specific numbers for you – given the time.
We can bring everything we need or can fit in to an existing setup at a venue. To setup with our full PA and lights will take at least two hours. We have played in some tiny venues but ideally we need at least 3m x 4m of floor space. If it’s outdoors some sort of rain cover is required . . . just in case! We can run all our gear off one 13 amp supply.