(doors 7:30pm - tickets £12.50 advance STBF)
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After a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, via numerous radio and TV appearances, with a vinyl box-set of his career retrospective - and then on to the ‘Lies! Lies! Lies!’ UK tour and album with his band The Wilderness Kids (PORT ERIN) - 2017 was 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 10 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 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 spring 2018, Nick is touring the UK solo - playing acoustic versions of some of the songs on 'Lies! Lies! Lies!' and asking fans to send their song requests to firstname.lastname@example.org - before embarking on a spoken word adventure. Such is Nick’s creative cauldron, that there are always 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.
"Betjemen with a guitar... Dylan for the iPod generation" - Guitarist Magazine
“The Wiltshire Bard” - MOJO Magazine
"My musical discovery of 2016" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music