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Leeds gig review @ Sandman Magazine.

Discussion in 'Press and Media' started by Uriel, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Uriel

    Uriel I've got a zappy little nappy

  2. scotpaulabear

    scotpaulabear Halfway up my own guitar, propping up another bar

    Oh bloody heck I know her! :biggrin:
    Her bruv is the best soundman in Edinburgh (YMMV) and a total Harperspace-cadet... looks like it's a family trait ;)

    Great review regardless!
  3. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Nick Harper / John Gomm

    @ Leeds City Varieties

    Apologies to John Gomm for turning up late - I've
    read reams about Leeds' (reputedly) most technically
    proficient guitarist but it's the first time I've seen
    him live and I, er, missed a bit of his set. It turns out
    that everything I've read is true, although I've noticed
    how few people mention his soft, breathless voice
    that wraps around charismatic banter and intense
    lyrics, floating over and weaving into his maverick
    picking, strumming and tapping. The layers of percussive
    sound make his songs unusually articulate
    and deep, and I spent most of the set with my eyes
    closed - there's so much to watch I kept forgetting to
    listen. Aside from being in awe of Nick Harper's
    technical virtuosity and songwriting talent, I'm fond
    of him because he's from the West Country, where
    people conduct themselves with an eccentric
    demeanour you don't find anywhere else. With a set
    filled with thunderous guitar playing, yet devastatingly
    lyrical and heartfelt, his songs are delivered
    with honesty and passion. I've noticed a change in
    his output in recent years to more chord and
    rhythm-based songs as opposed to the fretboard
    antics of previous offerings. He's also a great raconteur
    with articulate and interesting things to say
    about politics, humanity and history - you end up
    feeling physically and emotionally beaten up by his
    music, so much so that whilst I'm sitting in the audience
    wrestling with my soul he's up on stage drinking
    beer and having a good time. What a clever
    bastard. Ending with Gomm collaborating on old
    number 'Radio Silence', tonight Harper makes devastating
    delicacy and sensitivity his own.

    Sophie Kemp

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