Entry Requirements: All Ages
Nick Harper is one of the UK's best-kept secrets. Son of the legendary singer-songwriter Roy Harper, and a past member of the English New Wave band Squeeze. Surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, Nick Harper was always destined to do great things.
For decades now, Nick Harper has been dazzling audiences with his heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado. An imagination bursting with ideas has seen Nick release 11 solo albums to critical acclaim, earning a No.1 spot in the chart with the seminal hit 'Blue Sky Thinking'.
'58 Fordwych Road' is a tour celebrating the acoustic music that came from swinging' mid-Sixties London. In fact, some of it came from that actual address. People like Bert Jansch, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny & many others dropped in and out to jam and try new tunes. But all along, there was someone else: a toddler, part of the family, inhaling the music and absorbing the atmosphere: Roy Harper's son, Nick.
In this unique tour, Nick Harper plays tribute to the time, the place and the music that became the centre of everything. The show will run over two halves: the first will see Nick delve into the deluge of songs he heard directly from the greats when growing up. In the second, Nick will trace the journey of how these luminary figures' music evolved and helped shape popular music beyond the 60's, whilst revisiting the eternal themes that tun from then to now.
"My musical discovery of 2016" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
From sell-out tours to a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival run via numerous radio and TV appearances to a vinyl box-set of his career retrospective - and now on to a winter tour with a band for the first time in 10 years - 2016 has been a high point for Nick Harper. He enters his third decade as a performer with a vitality that could put younger musicians to shame.
Here is an artist worth far more than the sum of his parts. His impeccable musical pedigree means nothing without the skills to back it up and skills Nick has, in his virtuoso guitar playing, song-writing and signature vocal acrobatics. Over a solo career of 9 studio albums, 2 EPs and 2 live albums - as well as the recent vinyl career retrospective - the quality of his musical output has only improved. It is no surprise that artists and producers as diverse as Squeeze, Lana Del Rey, Newton Faulkner, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), The Levellers, Jakko Jakszyk (Level 42, King Crimson) and legendary producer Tchad Blake have collaborated with him. This is not a man easily pigeonholed into existing musical genres; Nick is very much blazing his own trail.
Nick’s full range can be heard in his last two solo albums. He moved from 2013’s ‘Riven’, an epic and lush 75-minute recording split into light and dark halves - celebrating family while railing at the state of the modern world - to 2014’s ’Nix’, an unadulterated recording made in just nine days - 9 songs with acoustic guitar and vocals, which pleased longtime fans with its evocation of his live performances.
In addition to recording and touring with a vengeance, Nick is also known for devoting his energy to fundraising projects, particularly organising Wiltshire’s Avebury Rocks festival for the Prospect Hospice where his mother died. With the Love Hope Strength cancer charity, Nick helped set a new world record by performing at the highest gig on Earth at Everest Base Camp and trekked to Machu Picchu and Mount Kilimanjaro.
In 2017 Nick is only booking to perform at a few, select festivals in the UK. There is no UK solo tour, but there are plans afoot, many irons in the fire… watch this space… But whatever path he takes, rest assured that Nick Harper is, and will remain a musical force to be reckoned with.
Nick Harper Live Nick playing 'Purple Rain' at Henry Tudor House 2016 Listen to the full back catalogue here on Bandcamp: https://nickharper.bandcamp.com "Betjemen with a guitar... Dylan for the iPod generation." Guitarist Magazine