“When you hit the first chorus it doesn’t
matter whose son you are”
Ahead of his gig here on Friday 26 April, Nick Harper gave us a few moments of his time to talk about his nostalgic new show, having a famous father and, well, the human condition as such. And if you gave me a million attempts, I wouldn’t have guessed the answer to the final question…
What can we look forward to in 58 Fordwych Road?
A trip back to the pivotal moments when the acoustic guitar became the weapon of choice for the young rebels and mavericks in swinging 1960s London.
Also some finger-roasting guitar tunes!
Your name is often followed by ‘son of Roy Harper’… Does having a legendary father help or hinder your own career?
When I first started it was both a help and a hindrance. Some people consider the pedigree and think that has a bearing on the music you make. Others think “Hmm ‘son of…’ he can’t be as good…”
People need touchstones and have a desire to connect things up and make a narrative to make sense of things, so it’s still useful for that. But the music has to stand up on its own and round about when you hit the first chorus of the first song it doesn’t matter whose son you are!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Too many to list – humans are made up of myriads of micro-emotions and parallel themes that run through a life. They also have a different bearing at different times in your life.
Other than that: Brahms, Wagner, Stephen Stills, Django Reinhardt, Killing Joke, Frank Zappa… Oh… and Roy Harper!
Which song do you most enjoy performing?
That all depends what mood the guitar is in. At the moment it is sometimes ‘The Earle of Salisbury’ by William Byrd.
If you could pick one person, living or dead, to join you on stage for a song, who would it be and why?
Totally amazing harp player. I’d have loved to have been in the same room as him just once.
Don’t miss out on Nick Harper – 58 Fordwych Road on Friday 26 April. Click here to buy your tickets.