WELCOME to RAIDERS of the lost ARCHIVE 2006
2 DEC 2006
A limited quantity of the promotional single with
'Love Junky' and 'Imaginary Friend' from the album 'Blood
Songs' are being given away with every t-shirt purchase.
We thought hey, people might just love the excellent
'Plan 9 From Harperspace' t-shirt and not even know the music
so we thought we'd give em a little taster..Get your free
copy by ordering a t-shirt from the online shop.
20 NOV 2006
May/June Tour Dates Announced!
In a fit of presumably short-lived organisation
the dates for May/June have been announced. As the gigs are
actually put on sale the box office numbers and web links
will be appear on the tour page. There may also be one or
two one-off gigs during the winter and possibly a few festivals
after that. The DVD is being assembled by our meccano experts
as we speak, but recording of a new CD is hampering efforts!
Therefore both discs will probably be released within half
an hour of each other sometime in 2007!Check out the dates
17 NOV 2006
Nick Harper 007
Yes indeed folks there is no let up. With the
last chord of 2006 still ringing all around the Wirral, incredibly
we are proud and excited to bring you news of a UK tour next
May/June. We are just waiting on a few confirmations, before
releasing the dates. It looks like being a hectic time with
both the legendary DVD and a new CD due for release around
the tour. Keep your browsers peeled...
13 NOV 2006
You wanna be in the DVD?
If you would like to be immortalised, well for
as long as a DVD can hold data anyway, then get yourself down
to the Borderline gig on Wednesday night and approach the
nice cameraman and hold forth. You may wish to espouse the
talent of our favourite litle hero; it may be a case of describing
your favourite gig of Nick's; maybe even your favourite song;
it could of course be a matter of moneys owed; paternity?!
Well whatever just get it off your chest (topless would be
good - we need eye-candy) The
gig info is here.
20 OCT 2006
London Date and Venue Change
Apologies to all concerned, but the London date
has been moved to the Borderline on 15th November and the
gig at the Arts Theatre in Soho has been cancelled. It is
a very frustrating turn of events for Nick as well as the
people who have already bought tickets/made plans and obviously
this is due to circumstances beyond Nick's control. New
16 SEP 2006
Dates are almost finalised for the UK tour in October. There
will be a few more gigs in the autumn and we will post them
on the tour page as and when they are confirmed here.
13 JULY 2006
Another day - another free gig
It might cost a few bob to get there though...
Hi Folks - Harpic here! Hope you're having a good
Indeed I'm playing in Rochefort as part of a summer
festival. The line up looks suspiciously like a number of
waifs and strays picked up from performances in the past at
La Java in Paris and displays a cavalier attitude by the organisers
in inviting the mainly Anglo-Saxon artistes involved so close
to the precious things (Bordeaux vineyards), which are normally
only really for the local shops and for the local people.
I'm due to play at 18.00 in the Theatre Gardens (they wouldn't
actually let me inside). It's a freebie for the sheer altruism
of spreading the music (man) and the fun of it all. It's also
another genius career move in my bid to reconquer La France
and maybe get another gig at La Java..I suppose hitching probably
won't work, but if you ARE in the area it would be churlish
not to come and say, "show us your bum" or something
equally English and/or witty.
12 JULY 2006
Make that 2 free gigs.
Nick is also helping open the new Oxfam shop in Marlborough
with a few songs sometime in the afternoon of the 21st July.
It's also free, but maybe you could buy those Christmas cards
a little early and avoid the rush..
12 JULY 2006
Nick will playing at The Bear in Marlborough on 21st July.
It will be a night amongst friends with a relaxed atmosphere
and it's free to get in. The legendary Ben Jones is also on
the bill so anything could happen..tour
11 JULY 2006
Nick will not be playing a set of his songs in Newport on
the 14th July. Sincere apologies to anyone who has made plans
to go to this one, but the gig is definitely CANCELLED due
to circumstances beyond anyone's control. Details
6 MAY 2006
More summer gigs
Nick will be playing a set of Roy's songs with the man himself
at the Barfly in London in aid of the Warchild charity on
June 1st. For one night only Nick will be of tangible benefit
to society and the ticket money put to good use for once,
instead of being squandered on cigars,champagne and gambling
as usual. Also news of the L'Esprit Manouche festival in Birmingham
later in the summer. Details
3 MAY 2006
As well as playing the legendary 12 Bar Club next week our
boy is also doing a set at The Oxford pub in Kentish Town
this Sunday. It's a small place and pre-booking is advised.
The format is loose as yet, there will be a number of people
playing and anything could happen! Details
3 FEB 2006
Treasure Island on the High Street!
Not sure if you trust this world wide web shop thingy yet?
Worried that 'they' will have all your personal details on
file forever, ready to persecute and hound you? Remember "Just
because you're paranoid it doesn't mean they're not out to
get you".. Not sure about buying from Nick or one of
Nick's dodgy mates at a gig? Fear not! The new album is available
on the high street at a reputable CD retailer near you now.
Get it while you can folks, yes this archaic over the counter
trading will soon be a thing of the past so go and order 10
copies and look forward to awe-stricken wonderment on your
grandchildrens' faces as you go misty eyed, recounting how
you drove your petrol car into town and bought these huge
unwieldy discs that only contained an hour of music from an
actual person, on the official release of your favourite singer/guitarist's
8th CD, now the world unrenowned zimmer frame soloist..
28 JAN 2006
Filling in the Gaps!
Nick ruminates and spills the beans on the mini tour with
his band last summer
26 JAN 2006
No Spring Tour
In a change to your regular programming there are no plans
for a UK tour later this Spring. Nick will be playing a few
festivals in the summer, but there won't be a run of dates
until the Autumn. So if you want to catch a flight to Harperspace
before festival time it's got to be the gigs listed for February
- just thought you ought to know.. Details
6 JAN 2006
Nick On Tour Again!
Back by popular demand Nick is doing a small spasm of gigs
this February. Included in the schedule are a return to the
Lamp in Hull after 10 years and a lurve in at Dingwalls on
Valentines's Day. Details
7 DEC 2005
Nottingham gig sold out!
Tickets for the Nottingham gig at Hotel Deux have completely
sold out - there may be a way in along the ventilation shaft
or if you can get hold of an invisibility cloak..
4 DEC 2005
Newport Date Cancelled!
Gig in Newport has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond
our control. Apologies if you were planning to attend this
one - Check here for
29 NOV 2005
Mr Kyps Live Music Venue
Another chance for your 15 minutes of fame! The
30th November gig at Mr
Kyps Live Music Venue in Poole will also feature our
talented film crew to collect yet more footage for the spectacular
forthcoming live DVD. Secure your place in history by having
an arm, the back of your head, or possibly even a 'wild dancing
leg' appear alongside my guitar noodling (which of course
the crew will be making SOME feeble attempts to capture at
some point during the evening!). Come on down!
11 NOV 2005
Surround sound gig.
Anyone out there still dally-dillying as to whether
to make the short trip to
Invershin House for the gig on 15th November
should bear in mind that it is going to be presented in surround
sound for some extraordinary aural effects and is going to
be filmed for the forthcoming legendary live DVD. So get yourself
immortalised throwing fruit/going wild/staring slack-jawed/covering
your ears in the company of our very own 'special one'.
2 NOV 2005
New website up and running, allegedly.
Officials are apparently thrilled as they cut the red tape
on the new, improved website for a new, improved Britain.
I for one can guarantee that this site will be updated at
least as much as the old one and possibly even more than the
previous administration managed. And let me make it perfectly
clear..that when I write something else later on it may or
may not be worth reading or indeed writing, then, or at any
other time deemed fit after proper consultation with the relevant
bodies and with due consideration with the correct procedure
for this type of writing. This is basically joined-up thinking
about a 21st century web site for 21st century people living
in a 21st century world.
More news on this as soon as we know more.
Newport Date Changed
Gig in Newport has been rescheduled for December 15th - Check
here for details.
New Album Mastered
The new album 'Treasure Island' has been mastered at Optimum
Mastering in Bristol and I'm very pleased with the result.
Mastering is the final, crucial process in the life of the
audio before production. It involves a highly skilled and
experienced audio engineer tweaking the final mixes so the
CD forms a harmonious whole, taking into account volume, equalization,
general flow, momentum, dynamics and other highly esoteric
engineering secrets, including making sure the CD plays track
5 when you press '5' on your remote..
OCT (3 a.m.)
New Album Finished!
Finished the new album! Finally recorded the verse that I'd
been performing around the country earlier this year as the
clock ticked down and cabin fever really set in. It's called
'A Wiltshire Tale' and is a celebration of the county I happen
to live in and fits in well with the Treasure Island concept.
(You're the treasure see?) Overall this is probably the most
eclectic CD yet, with verse, pop, acoustics, rock, orchestras
and even Bushwhacking that hopefully ensure there's not a