We are delighted to announce that the superb Nick Harper will be playing a Loudhailer Special at The Back Room in Cottingham on Friday 20th May 2016. Tickets are £12 and are sure to fly out, so call The Back Room on 01482 847007 to book.
If you’ve seen Nick before you’ll know that he is an amazing performer – a superbly passionate singer songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire. He’s full of terrific stories, and fabulously entertaining. If you’ve never seen Nick before you are in for a treat for sure!
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Nick Harper returns to The Back Room in Cottingham on Friday May 20th following a sell-out gig last year. The evening is a Loudhailer Acoustic special presented by Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard who organise regular acoustic nights in the area.
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick has played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father’s Whatever Happened to Jugula? album 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 long player Seed prompting The Independent to describe him as “hugely talented.”
2016 has proved to be an exciting celebratory year for Nick who has released his third and final vinyl ‘retrospective’ album boxed set. He is also sporting a new live album, ‘Hark!’ – a recording of songs from his award winning shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003. 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. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python, Pink Floyd and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat. For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.
Lou Duffy-Howard: “If you’ve seen Nick before you’ll know that he is an amazing performer – a superbly passionate singer songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire. He’s full of terrific stories, and fabulously entertaining. If you’ve never seen Nick before you are in for a treat for sure!”
Nick recently played guitar on recordings for Lana Del Rey and Newton Faulkner. Harper fans may recall Newton Faulkner supporting Nick back at the Lamp in Hull for the Winterlude Festival of 2005.
Rich Duffy-Howard: “Nick’s first solo gig was here in Hull and since then he has played many times in the area and built a big following, so it would be a good idea to get your tickets early.”
Tickets, £12 are available from The Back Room, 175a Hallgate, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 4BB. Doors open at 7.30 pm
“Frank Zappa would have been impressed… he deserves to become a major figure in his own right.”
– Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“Album of the Month: Son of ’70s poet/singer Roy Harper, dubbed ‘the acoustic Hendrix’ and the ‘English Jeff Buckley’, Nick Harper’s fourth studio album [Blood Songs] rises above this (albeit favourable) baggage… With this amount of melodic and sonic ingenuity, Nick Harper could be dubbed ‘the new Beck’ – but that would be a bigger compliment to Mr. Hansen than it would be to Harper.” – Guitar (UK)
“Dylan for the iPod generation…Betjemen with a guitar.”
– Guitarist (UK), February 2006
“One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley. Thus far, however, putting his musical freedom before the demands of career, his talents have gone largely unrewarded. Miracles For Beginners, his most focused, warm and triumphant album to date, could right that wrong.” – Mojo, July 2007
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