Thursday 9th October 2014 - Starts 8pm
TICKET PRICE: £12
“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.” ~ Mojo
“Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place.” ~ The Times
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, and former member of Squeeze, Nick Harper has been playing guitar from age 10, and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Dave Gilmour growing up, it’s no surprise Nick has become the musician he is today.
In 1996 Nick met Squeeze front-man and songwriter Glenn Tilbrook. Tilbrook was so impressed that he offered Nick a job playing with and supporting Squeeze and promptly signed Nick to his own label, Quixotic Records. Following tours in the UK, USA, and Japan, Nick recorded the 1998 album Smithereens with Tilbrook as producer. This album and subsequent 40 date solo tour, including dates in New York and Glastonbury, confirmed Nick as a formidable talent in his own right. He teamed up with Tilbrook again on 2000’s highly acclaimed album Harperspace. This is the album that confirmed his position at the forefront of a new generation of British acoustic performers.
Nick’s live show is a wild ride, from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit, Harper moves effortlessly from his own compositions to well-loved covers which he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python, and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship, and sheer bravado.
Make sure you don’t miss him.
Our Thunkshop Cafe will be serving delicious pre-show suppers from 6pm. Advance booking is recommended but not essential, please contact Sarah on 07957 166092 for further details and to book.