- The City Bar, Tuesday 12th Nov. (£8)
Nick Harper is a highly accomplished guitarist to whom the term virtuoso truly
belongs. Yet his guitar playing is only a part of his skill. As well as a
soulful voice, Nick is a rare kind of artist, one who reaffirms faith in the
art of original
Nick's debut recording was first heard in 1983 when he appeared on his
`Whatever Happened To Jugula' album - a collaboration between Roy Harper and
Jimmy Page. Nick went on tour with his father and recorded regularly with him
thereafter. Nick's energy and talent entranced Roy's fans and it was no
he began touring and recording in his own right. Nick's first solo release
in 1994; an E.P entitled `Light At The End of The Kennel'. It captured Nick
raw and youthful stage yet contains songs mature enough to still be mainstays
live set. Then followed `Seed' in 1995 - his first album, and The Independent
described him as `Hugely talented'.
The next stage of his career began when Nick supported Squeeze front man and
songwriter Glenn Tilbrook. Tilbrook was so impressed that he promptly signed
to his own label, Quixotic Records.
Following tours in the UK, USA and Japan, Nick recorded his second album
`Smithereens' with Glenn Tilbrook as producer. It was this work and his
40 date solo tour including devastating appearances in New York and
confirmed Nick Harper as a formidable talent in his own right.
His third album, `Harperspace', was released to great critical acclaim -
energetic and positively inspired. This is the album that confirmed his
position at the
forefront of a new generation of British Acoustic Performers.
This year's `Double Life' is Nick's first live album and as well as
performances of songs from all his previous releases, also includes a few
brand new as
yet unrecorded tracks. He is one of the select few artists working in the UK
simultaneously steeped in tradition and yet completely contemporary.
Nick has developed a reputation for creating great audience rapport. While
can be intense and emotionally charged, in concert Nick is relaxed,
- Robert Dawson Scott, The Times 13 April 2002
- "Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the
- Drew McAdam - Edinburgh Evening News - 19 June 2000
- "Nick Harper has a quality that stands head and shoulders above anything else
are likely to encounter.... The Verse Time Forgot, from the new album
is as close to a perfect song as you are likely to get."