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The wonderful Nick Harper is at The Cellars at Eastney next Friday – 15th April - and tickets are just £9 adv ance or £10 on the door! Nick did a memorable memorable gig for Barking Spider about 7 or 8 years ago at The City Arms in Southsea - also memorable as it sold out and grown men were nearly in tears because they couldn't get in! Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, 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's talent and energy entranced Roy's fans and it was inevitable that he would begin touring and recording in his own right. The 1994 EP Light at the End of the Kennel was swiftly followed by his powerful 1995 debut long player Seed prompting The Independent to describe him as "hugely talented". In 1996 Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook offered Nick a job playing with and supporting Squeeze and signed Nick to his own label.. Following tours in the UK, USA and Japan, Nick recorded the 1998 album Smithereens with Tilbrook as producer. The subsequent 40 date solo tour included dates in New York and Glastonbury. and teamed up with Tilbrook again on 2000's highly acclaimed album Harperspace. "If imagination, energy and bags of talent were the only factors in making a successful pop career, few would deny that Squeeze man Glenn Tilbrook has backed a winner in Nick Harper…Splendid stuff" MOJO magazine. "Nick Harper has a quality that stands head and shoulders above anything else you are likely to encounter…The Verse Time Forgot from the new album 'Harperspace' is as close to a perfect song as you are likely to get." Edinburgh Evening News A superb singer/songwriter and guitarist, in his live shows Nick veers from personal introspection to biting political satire. 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 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. Nick's talent and showmanship were recognised in 2003 with a (Glasgow) Herald Fringe Angel award for excellence in live music during his Edinburgh Festival run. "Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place." The Times Between solo albums, Nick tours with a vengeance. In the first 8 months of 2005 alone, he'd traversed the UK from Devon to the most northerly point in Scotland, along with 2 dates in Holland and acclaimed sets at Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Oysterband's Big Session and other festivals including 2 tsunami benefit gigs in Thailand. 2010 saw the release of Nicks 10th CD The Last Guitar. An eclectic mix of 12 songs showing off Nicks unabashed individuality and bold choices allied to a new maturity. Don't miss this brilliant performer at The Cellars!!! You can buy tickets online via www.thecellars.co.uk of e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.