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The Roy Harper Podcast, episode 11

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78:52 minutes (72.22 MB)
Welcome to the 11th Roy Harper podcast for July 2008. This month we have an interview with Chris Politzki. We also have the A-Z of Harper ('K' this month), listener feedback, and plenty of music. Enjoy, and please leave comments in the podcast section of the forums at www.stormcock.net.

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Snowdon Rocks 2008

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Taken from the lovehopestrength web site with some editing, hope they don't mind

On Saturday June 21st 2008 (The Longest Day), Mike Peters, the internationally acclaimed singer of Welsh rock and roll band The Alarm and current world record holder for the Highest Concert performed on land at 18,500 feet on MT. Everest (Everest Rocks October 21st 2007),  led a procession of doctors, nurses, fans and supporters on a charity fundraising walk to the top of Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (the highest point in England & Wales), to perform Snowdon Rocks 2 - a very special acoustic concert at the summit followed by an acoustic finale at Y Galeri, Caernarfon the very same evening.

All proceeds go directly to the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan and the Alaw Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor where Mike Peters (a two times cancer survivor),was diagnosed and successfully treated for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) in 2005/06. Mike Peters is still undergoing long term maintenance treatment at the Alaw Unit with a view to finding a cure under the watchful eye of Dr. David Edwards who has been Mike's haemotologist throughout both of his cancer battles. Dr. Edwards will also be accompanying Mike to the summit of Snowdon.

Snowdon Rocks 2 is promoted through the LOVE HOPE STRENGTH Foundation, a charity formed by Mike Peters to raise awareness and funding for cancer care both locally and globally, with a further series of world wide events that will continue throughout 2008. In particular, 'Peru Rocks', which will take place between October 8th and 17th in the form of a 4 day trek through the High Andes with acoustic concerts at the world famous Macchu Picchu Citadel and finale in the Peruvian capital city of Lima.

Last year's event on Snowdon raised a staggering £43,000 (far more than Mike Peters ever imagined), and some of the additional funding was distributed throughout cancer care organisations in North Wales such as Ty Gobaith, St David's Hospice in Llandudno and St. Kentigerns Hospice in St. Asaph.

 

The Roy Harper Podcast, episode 10

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69:06 minutes (63.29 MB)
Welcome to the 10th Roy Harper podcast for June 2008. This month we have the second half of the two-part interview with Dave and Sue Burnham. We also have the A-Z of Harper ('J' this month), listener feedback, and plenty of music. Enjoy, and please leave comments in the podcast section of the forums at www.stormcock.net.

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The Roy Harper Podcast, episode 9

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79:51 minutes (73.13 MB)
Welcome to the 9th Roy Harper podcast for May 2008. This month we have an interview with Paul Davison conducted by Nick Lane. The second half of the two-part interview with Dave and Sue Burnham will be next month. We also have the A-Z of Harper ('I' this month), listener feedback, and plenty of music. Enjoy, and please leave comments in the podcast section of the forums at www.stormcock.net.

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Site upgrades and maintenance

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I've been busy redoing part of the site to do with user authentication and forums today. Please see http://www.stormcock.net/vb/showthread.php?t=474 for more information.

Nick Harper tour dates

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Nick Harper has a new tour coming up for 2008, starting in May and running through to November in Norway. Along the way he includes a trip up Mount Snowdon for LoveHopeStrength, and another in Peru.

For my part I expect to see him at the Trowbridge festival ("village pump") and the Levellers gig at the Royal Albert Hall.

As I've said before, it's very much worth making the effort to go out and see Nick live. He is a very accomplished performer and often is able to bring the songs to life in a way that transcends what you may already have heard on the recordings.

Tour dates are here.

Bring your friends!

Four new Roy Harper articles

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I've just added four articles about Roy, all written by Colin Harper and published in various places. Sue Burnham got in touch with Colin to ask permission to type up one of his articles and he very graciously replied granting permission, and including additional articles for us to publish on the site. Thank you very much indeed, Colin, and to Sue of course.

The articles are:

Independent, October 1998

Errigle Inn, Belfast

Vicar Street, Dublin

Dream Society Review from Mojo

More information about Colin can be found at his website: http://www.colin-harper.com/

The Roy Harper Podcast, episode 8

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80:00 minutes (73.27 MB)
Welcome to the 8th Roy Harper podcast. This month we have the first half of a two-part interview with Dave and Sue Burnham, and a special bonus interview. Also included is an announcement of my new monthly podcast, and information about the Splinters 3 project and a sample track. The episode ran long so listener feedback is postponed until next time. Enjoy, and please leave comments in the podcast section of the forums at www.stormcock.net.

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Nick Harper, Cambridge Junction 2, March 16th 2008

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Sunday night was the last gig of an extensive UK tour for Nick Harper but it was the first one that I've been able to get to. The main focus for this tour has been the life-changing experiences Nick had in 2007 as part of the LoveHopeStrength foundation's bid to get in the Guinness Book of Records for performing the world's highest gig. As Nick proudly announced, they should all be in the book next year so he can finally stop trying to cram baked beans up his nostrils to beat the seemingly unassailable existing record of 32, which appears to have been his other, failed, world record attempt.

The Everest project was all in aid of cancer charities and aimed to raise money to help the Nepal Cancer Relief Society in Katmandu. Nick got involved because his mother died of cancer and indeed the telephone call inviting him to participate came at a very coincidental time, it being his mother's birthday and while Nick was in the garden in view of his mother’s grave. The expedition has clearly affected Nick deeply and given him a fresh outlook on some of the absurdities of modern life. I'm a veteran of Nick Harper gigs, having started seeing him play in the very early days of his solo career at folk clubs in London, and I've seen him grow as a performer both in confidence and ability. He has a wonderful ability to blend the totally serious with the utterly absurd, switching in a heartbeat from the deeply heartfelt (songs such as Imaginary Friend, written for his mother, and the wonderful new song "38") to the wonderfully silly (Eric Idle's wonderful "The Galaxy Song"). A night out seeing Nick play makes you run the gamut of emotions, but the abiding impression is of warmness, a feeling that as a whole there is still hope for the human race yet. You leave feeling that you've regained some sort of perspective on life and have remembered the things that really matter. What I noticed this time around is that Nick seems to be a changed man after the expedition, and I think it will form the source of inspiration for his songwriting for a long time to come.

It's a little hard to describe to people what to expect from a Nick Harper gig. After all, how can one man and one acoustic guitar really be so much different and, dare I say it, better than most if not all other acts on the circuit? Well, for starters, you can easily see who the guitar players in the audience are. They're the ones whose jaws have dropped in the first 10 seconds or so, and in the next 10 seconds will be mouthing expletives. Nick has a completely self taught guitar technique and has a percussive approach that lends itself very well to the one man band style. Augmented with a range of subtle amplified effects, the gorgeous sounding Lowden guitar with special banjo-style tuning pegs (for pitch bending during a song) and heavy strings that are tuned lower than standard can produce a remarkable full sound. Nick also has a remarkable picking/strumming ability, accurately finger picking one moment and performing incredibly fast yet accurate rhythm guitar the next. Then, take a man with the vocal range of Jeff Buckley and the power to match, and you will start to realise that this is not your typical acoustic singer songwriter.

On Sunday Nick was at the peak of his powers, and played to an attentive audience in the Junction 2. I feel that the audience can sometimes make or break a gig; this time round the applause was enthusiastic, the laughs were genuine, and the heckling was pretty much nonexistent. It gave us all the change to really lose ourselves in the music. It was all great, but highlights for me were "38", "Real Life", "Love Is Music" (including a wonderful Jeff Buckley snippet, not to mention the Led Zep), "By My Rocket Comes Fire" and "Imaginary Friend". I continue to be amazed that Nick hasn't broken into the "big time". Why on earth has he not been on programmes like Jools Holland? I don't know. But if he is able to make a living with his gigs and records, then long may it continue. I for one will be listening. I hope you will be too.

The Roy Harper Podcast, episode 7

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76:14 minutes (69.82 MB)
Welcome to the seventh Roy Harper podcast. This month we have the second half of the two-part interview with Darren Crisp. I'm keeping the length of the podcasts down such that they can be burned to a CD now, thanks for your feedback about that. Enjoy, and please leave comments in the podcast section of the forums at www.stormcock.net.
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