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NICK HARPER – and his one man spellbinding show – is one the UK’s best kept musical secrets. A folk troubadour, an acoustic balladeer – with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll on the side. He’s not folk. He’s emo skiffle. Pastoral hard rock. A progressive soul.
One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him ‘somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley’ (Mojo).
A childhood – as the son of Roy Harper – growing up surrounded by some of the 60’s most revered songwriters and musicians and twenty years of solid touring has spawned a genius one-off, an original performer standing with little company in the clearing marked ‘GREATNESS’.
Often described as the Hendrix of acoustic, Nick’s heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship, humour and sheer bravado feeds an imagination bursting with ideas and originality.
Eleven, count ’em, eleven solo albums all critically acclaimed to the heavens and even a chart No.1 with ‘Blue Sky Thinking’.
More recently, in 2017, Nick recorded his full band album Lies! Lies! Lies! with legendary producer Tchad Blake at Studio La Fabrique, South France (studio of choice for Nick Cave, Morrissey and Radiohead).
The album received strong support from BBC 6 Music coupled with Nick and his band being greeted by rapturous, capacity crowds on the tour that followed.
Early 2018 saw Nick return to the live circuit with a newly formed solo set featuring quadraphonic sound and re-imaginations of songs pre-chosen, by request, by Nick’s fan base.
The ‘100 Things’ tour proved to be a hugely successful return to the stage with all but a handful of shows selling out as well as Nick Harper performing his first spoken word piece, A Wiltshire Tale, at some of UK’s most prestigious venues.
And now 58 FORDWYCH ROAD is an all new show that centres around a living room in a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid ’60s – the home of (at that time) up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper and his wife Mocy. The flat was an after hours hang-out for the legends who played at Les Cousins in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion with the likes of Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny and others dropping in, to drop out, jam and try new tunes.
All along, there was someone else there… a toddler, part of the family, inhaling the music and absorbing the vibe; Roy’s young son, Nick Harper.
Nick later carved out his own career in music, but in this unique and one-off show he plays tribute to the time, the place and the music that became his centre of everything.
Running over two halves, Nick first delves into the deluge of songs he heard direct from the greats as he grew up. In the second half, Nick traces the journey of how these luminary figures’ music evolved and helped shape popular music beyond the ’60s, and revisits the eternal themes that run from then to now in songs of his own fine repertoire.
C’mon – HOW SPECIAL IS THIS…