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Nick Harper

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Son of the legendary folk/blues singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick Harper has forged his own way ahead to become recognised as one of Britain’s finest acoustic singer/guitarists. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 (he is completely self-taught) and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and David Gilmour during his early years, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father’s Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985.

Nick’s talent and energy entranced Roy’s fans and it was inevitable that he would begin touring and recording in his own right. The 1994 EP Light at the End of the Kennel was swiftly followed by his powerful 1995 debut album Seed prompting The Independent to describe him as “hugely talented”.

A meeting with Squeeze frontman and songwriter Glenn Tilbrook in 1996 led to his playing with and supporting Squeeze and being signed to Tilbrook’s own Quixotic label. Following tours in the UK, USA and Japan, Nick recorded the 1998 album Smithereens with Tilbrook as producer. This album and subsequent 40 date solo tour, including dates in New York and Glastonbury, confirmed Nick as a formidable talent in his own right. He teamed up with Tilbrook again on 2000’s highly acclaimed album Harperspace.

To call him a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs.

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  • Mahglazzies

    Nick Harper, in general, is great . More people need to take notice already.

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Mahglazzies

    Bloom is such a good song.

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • magdalenamoon

    Saw Nick last night… like a beautiful tidal wave. :-)

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • HarperPR

    Friday January 28 2011 Guitar & Songwriting Workshop with Nick Harper Peter Norris Music 39 Finch Road Douglas Isle of Man IM1 2PW 7.30pm - 9pm Only 30 places available Tickets will be available shortly (October) via http://www.eTickets.im/jp. The cost of the workshop will be £10 (with a £5 refund on the night of the workshop for gig ticket holders) Saturday January 29 2011 Nick Harper + The Twigs in concert Douglas Villa Marina & Gaiety Complex Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man IM1 2HH 8pm Tickets £17.50 via http://www.villagaiety.com/eventinfo.aspx?ID=1340 For more details: http://stormcock.net/vb/showthread.php?t=1545

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • badseed1972

    Saw him last Friday in Reading. Fantastic stuff! I hadn't heard anything of his before, but I will be checking out much more and seeing him live whenever I can again.

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • IvanCampo

    Nick Harper plays in Preston on Tuesday April 6th. Woop.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • devilmanrules

    seen him many of times live he is always on top of his game

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
  • HarperPR

    Nick Harper dates in Noway in June and UK festivals now announced. See Events listings.

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • jonaschrist

    Seeing him tomorrow! Yay!

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Nicast

    "Hats Off To Nick"

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • HarperPR

    All dates for Nick's 'The 38 Tour' now up on Last FM. Please leave a review if you catch one of the shows!

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • jonaschrist

    Anyone see him play any good covers? I saw him do Frank Zappa's Titties & Beer one time, and he did a superb job!

    8 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Marrioh

    Seconded, if you have the chance he is a must live. Absolutely essential.

    25 Feb 2008 Reply
  • jonaschrist

    Riverside is amazing, both the original version off Light at the End of the Kennel and the revisited version on Instrumental... i could listen to it forever!

    28 Oct 2007 Reply
  • sudhang

    Sheesh.. this guy is awesome.. no one listens to him?? :s

    30 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Marrioh

    Bring on the tour

    29 Apr 2007 Reply
  • jonaschrist

    wow he should be bigger indeed, my entire family love him, and i've seen him a good 3 or 4 times, and got my mates into him... i think he out-performed his dad when they played leeds city varieties together...

    6 Feb 2007 Reply
  • Marrioh

    argh..he's too good

    6 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Marrioh

    every guitarist should listen to all of his works, his prowess on the axe' is second to none, just shows you dont need a Marshall Stack and a Les Paul to prove your worthyness, a moldy stool and an old acoustic will do fine at times.

    2 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Marrioh

    its a mystery why he isnt more popular

    12 Aug 2006 Reply
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