Gig: Harper UK Tour – Dates in our region

Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 26, 2008

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Harper UK Tour 2008

Here are the tour dates in the bluesinthenorthwest.com region.

Thu Dec 18 – The Green Room, Macclesfield –www.myspace.com/bluefunkblues
Fri Dec 19 – Worthenbury Village Hall, Worthenbury,  www.hookerblues.co.uk
Sat Dec 20 – Fogherty’s Function Room, Liverpool, 1 Blenheim Road, L18 1EH

BLIND PIG RECORDING ARTIST “HARPER” BRINGS WORLD BLUES FUSION FROM AUSTRALIA VIA THE USA

Part harmonica wizard part rhythmic explorer, Harper is a fiery artist who blurs the lines between rock, blues, soul and world music. His latest Blind Pig release, “Day By Day”, displays his trademark virtuoso harp performances, distinctive instrumentation, deeply soulful grooves and instantly memorable songs and provides another prime example of why his unique roots music style occupies a category of its own. Harper has been described as “a singer with the deep soul of Motown, a harmonica player who can graft Sonny Boy II and Little Walter with John Popper, a songwriter who tells his own compelling stories in an unhurried, J.J. Cale-like manner, and a musical visionary who is unafraid to mix the haunting drones of the didgeridoo, an important part of the Australian indigenous culture of his homeland, with infectious modern percussive rhythms”. His skill lies in the fact that he is able to tap into the kindred spirits running through his traditional and modern influences, borrowing from western and world music to develop a highly original take on the roots genre. He also takes the harmonica beyond its assigned place. Harper’s innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects.

Recently relocated to Michigan, USA, “Harper” & his band “Midwest Kind” rack up an incredible 250+ shows per year in the US, plus tours to the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada. Harper & his band will be performing at 27 major festivals in 2008.  Harper has received many awards including “Male Vocalist of The Year” “Song of the Year” & “Band of the Year” by the Australian Blues awards. He also received a TREV award for “Acoustic Artist of the Year” (Australian college Campuses)  Harper was the highest CD seller at The Maryport Blues Festival (the largest blues festival in England) outselling Van Morrison & he has also performed at The Milwaukee Summerfest (largest festival in the world) for an incredible eighth time & was voted “Best Talent” by the festival staff. Harper has also performed for the Queen of England for a Royal Gala event in Perth, Western Australia. Harper recently released his second CD “Day By Day” (Blind Pig Records, USA) which has been receiving heavy USA national rotation on satellite radio plus many more stations & international airplay. Harper’s song “Just What You’re Looking For” from “Day By Day” achieved third place in the prestigious 2007 International Songwriting Competition from 15000 entries from over 100 countries. One of the judges: John Mayall loved Harper’s song so much that he plans to record it on the next Blues Breaker’s CD. Harper has recently returned from a highly successful tour of the United Kingdom where he was invited to record a live session at the BBC, London for the Paul Jones Show, Radio 2 which will be aired on Monday December 8. Harper & his band will be touring the UK again in December with additional dates in Belgium.  Harper is currently writing songs for a book “The Trouble With The Alphabet” www.thetroublewiththealphabet.com  which features the plight of children around the world.

Harper’s band “Midwest Kind” (from the American Midwest) features: Mike Howe on guitar/drums, Ralph Reitinger on bass guitar & Marc Dixon on drums/djembe/zydeco tie. For more information, tour dates, reviews, bio & video, please check out: www.harper.biz or www.youtube.com/harperband or www.myspace.com/harperband or Harper’s record company www.blindpigrecords.com



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Pete Evans

November 26th, 2008 at 22:06
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Harper played his 1st ever gig in the UK at Worthenbury in July 2007, the night before he played on the main stage at Maryport. It was a gig that we’d agreed to do quite late on so I was unsure of how many people would turn up, however… I have to say it was one of the best gigs we’ve ever put on and the place was packed.
The young American band with him were superb, as solid and as tight as one might expect from a band performing 250 gigs each year in the USA.As for Harper; what a voice and stage presence – apart from his great musicianship. So everyone in NW Bluesland, get to one of these three gigs and be prepared for a great night. Cancel the office Christmas party – it’s always a drunken bore anyway!!