A WILTSHIRE TALE (Written and performed by Nick Harper. Directed by Jo Newman) | The Art House SO14 7DW | Friday, May 4th 2018, 7.30PM.
A Wiltshire Tale is a journey through Wiltshire’s history, landscape and wildlife. Depicted through the voices of three immortal characters, in this one-man show we bear witness to this most magical of counties in spoken word, poetry and live music.
"The Bard of Wiltshire” - Mojo magazine
“Betjeman with a guitar” - Guitarist magazine
Presented by: Wiltshire Creative, a new pan-arts organisation that incorporates Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival.
The show runs for two hours with a break. The first half is mainly spoken word, the second half, mainly music. Suitable for children 14+
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper (whose influence upon other musicians has been acknowledged by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd and others), Nick 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? in 1985.
Nick was a touring member of Squeeze from 1996–97.
"Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place. He does things to his guitar that would have had Segovia weeping into his Rioja" - The Times
His live shows are a wild ride - 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.
In 2007, Nick set a world record for the highest gig on earth at Kala Pattar above Mt. Everest Base Camp, whilst helping raise over £200,000 for the fight against cancer.
Nick on the Interwebs: