Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nick Harper Celebrates Three Decades In Music With Vinyl Compilation

Words: Linn Branson

Acoustic guitarist, singer-songwriter Nick Harper, now celebrating all of 30 years as a working musician - having made hus debut on his father Roy Harper's 1985 album 'Whatever Happened to Jugula?' - is collating a number of his best loved tracks into a special 12” vinyl record entitled 'The Wilderness Years Vol. 2'.

Featuring the likes of live favourites 'Love Junky', 'By My Rocket Comes Fire' and 'Blue Sky Thinking' amongst others taken from his acclaimed studio albums ‘Blood Songs’ (2003), ‘Treasure Island’ (2005) and ‘Miracles for Beginners’ (2007), the record is due to be released in October via Vinyl 180 Records.

It is intended as the second in a three-part series that marks the first time Nick’s extensive back catalogue has ever been released on vinyl and will culminate in a limited edition box set of all three compilation vinyls to be released on Record Store Day next year.

His single 'Blue Sky Thinking' featured in his work with the Love Hope Strength Foundation, a fundraising cancer charity set up by Mike Peters of The Alarm. In 2007 the single reached No.1 in the iTunes charts with all proceeds from the single donated to the Foundation. Nick had just returned from a trek to Nepal with LHSF, where he and others set a new world record for the highest gig on earth at Kala Pattar above Mt. Everest Base Camp on October 21 2007, whilst helping raise over £200,000 for the fight against cancer, before going on to play as part of the Love Hope Strength all-star band to approximately 20,000 people in Kathmandu.

After earlier this month performing in Edinburgh as part of the Festival in a four-night residency at The Jazz Bar, he will take part this coming Saturday in a further fundraising projects in his role as one of the organisers of 'Avebury Rocks', a charity walk and rock concert held near his Wiltshire home, raising substantial funds for The Prospect Hospice. In October/November he embarks on a headline tour, with dates below.

Check out the 'Love Is Music' video, directed by Mike Last, which shows Nick in live performance and interview.

Live dates

22 Avebury Rocks Marlborough

02 Isle of Man Guitar Festival
09 Nottingham Glee Club
10 Coventry The Tin at The Coal Vaults
16 Bristol The Louisiana
23 Rochdale Touchstones
25 Brighton The Brunswick
30 London The Forge Camden

06 Winchester The Railway
07 Neath Little Theatre
20 Worcester Huntingdon Hall
21 Liverpool Leaf
27 Birmingham Glee Club
28 Manchester FAC251 – The Factory

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