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October 20th, 2014
Nick Harper »

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Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick was born in London and raised in Wiltshire. Having 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 Seedprompting The Independent to describe him as “hugely talented”.

In 1996 Nick met Squeeze frontman and songwriter Glenn Tilbrook. Tilbrook was so impressed that he offered Nick a job playing with and supporting Squeeze and promptly signed Nick to his own label, Quixotic Records. Following tours in the UK, USA and Japan, Nick recorded the 1998 album Smithereens with Tilbrook as producer. This album and subsequent 40 date solo tour, including dates in New York and Glastonbury, confirmed Nick as a formidable talent in his own right. “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. He teamed up with Tilbrook again on 2000?s highly acclaimed album Harperspace. This is the album that confirmed his position at the forefront of a new generation of British Acoustic Performers.“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

To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. 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. His 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

After 6 studio albums, a double live CD and 2 EPs (including Instrumental, a stunning display of his guitar talents), Nick’s work is still as fresh and vital as that of his first solo release in 1994. The recently released sixth studio album,Miracles For Beginners, was a return to a more stripped-down acoustic based style, from the folk tale of the meeting of King Henry 8th and Francis 1st in 1520 in The Field Of The Cloth Of Gold. to a beautiful latin tinged paean to the the Bolivian President Evo Morales in Evo. But, as with his highly personal 2004 “family album” Blood Songs, he still has time to sing about the most important things in his world – family, friends, love, life.

2010 sees 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. Included are a gumshoe detective story called Pop FictionOne of the 38, a dedication to the trekkers on the Everest trail and Silly Daddy, which has the recording debut of his daughter Lily.

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 (with his band Sleeper Cell), Oysterband’s Big Session and other festivals including 2 tsunami benefit gigs in Thailand.

Plan 9 from Harperspace was the spring tour of 2007 promoting the new DVD ‘Love Is Music‘ – a ‘rockumentary’ style film with a selection of Nick’s best loved songs recorded in 5.1 sound.

Also recently released was Nick’s first single for download on iTunes. Taken from the CD ‘Miracles For Beginners‘ and called ‘Blue Sky Thinking‘ it quickly went to no.1 in iTunes downloads. All proceeds from the single were donated to the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Nick had just returned from Nepal after setting a new world record for the highest gig on earth at Kala Pattar above Mt. Everest Base Camp on October 21st 2007, whilst helping raise over £200,000 for the fight against cancer, before going on to play as part of the Love Hope Strength all-star band to approximately 20,000 people in Kathmandu.

Nick has been on two further treks with the foundation to Macchu Picchu in Peru and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania helping to raise substantial funds for local cancer centres and hospitals.

October 23rd, 2014
Absolute Bowie – David Bowie Tribute »

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“As close to the real thing as you’ll get” Woody Woodmansey (Bowie’s ex-drummer)

Absolute Bowie

5 piece Absolute Bowie are Europe’s finest live ‘David Bowie’ tribute band perform all the great hits from Bowie’s back catalogue with uncanny accuracy. Their energetic stage show goes from A to Z (Absolute Beginners to Ziggy!) with Stations to Station in between.

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Absolute Bowie were formed through a chance meeting and a mutual love of David Bowie’s music.
After first conceiving the idea of a Bowie tribute we needed to create a dynamic in order to accomplish our goal. To create the authentic feel, we needed the right musicians. We searched far and wide – our musical journey was finally nearing its end as we gathered our spaceboys one by one. Once assembled our dynamic grew day by day.
Choosing the material from db’s back catalogue was difficult given that there are so many great songs in his vast repertoire. The only unanimous decision was to leave out ‘The Laughing Gnome’. Even the man himself feigned deafness when fans requested the ’song’.

 

October 28th, 2014
My Darling Clementine + Support Tom Durkin »

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My Darling Clementine

One of the many definitions of harmony is..  agreement; accord; harmonious relations, so it is a sweet irony that in Country Music, the joining of two voices should so often be used to sing about disharmony.  Songs of betrayal, regret, anger, guilt, revenge and hurt.

But it is that contradiction which draws us to this music. 2 people, singing to each other, about each other,  while staring directly into each others eyes.  As listeners we become voyeurs to something so personal. Like eavesdropping neighbours tuning into a domestic. We are at once curious, sad, compelled but yet unable to turn away.

The classic country duets were undoubtedly at their peak in the late 60s and 1970s, the likes of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner, Johnny & June and many more. Fast forward 40 years and those timeless themes are alive and well in the hands , and voices of……..My Darling Clementine (aka Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish)

Michael Weston King, the seasoned troubadour, and the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons (who MOJO dubbed “England’s very own Uncle Tupelo…”,) is widely seen as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters. He has made 10 solo albums and 4 with The Good Sons. Always on the road, both solo and touring with the likes of Nick Cave, John Cale, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn. His collaborations with Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, Jackie Leven and the legendary Townes Van Zandt (who cut his own version of Michael’s song Riding The Range), have only enhanced his considerable musical reputation.

Lou Dalgleish is quite simply one of, if not THE finest female singers in the UK. She has been praised by, and worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, The Brodsky Quartet, and many more. From 1993 – 2000 she released 4 albums (including the acclaimed Live at Ronnie Scotts)  that showed off her unique songwriting,  her stunning vocals and unique interpretation of other works. A long time Costello fan she can also be seen appearing in the show, “They Call Her Natasha” a stage show based on his life and music.

Both King and Dalgleish are no strangers to successful, independent music careers but after 10 years of marriage, the two turned their attention towards a joint project. The result was  How Do You Plead?, an album that took the Country / Americana world by storm. Produced by Nick Lowe producer Neil Brockbank and featuring the cream of British players, including Geraint Watkins and Martin Belmont it garnered incredible critical acclaim. The debut single,100,000 Words became a BBC Radio 2 hit, and the band and album went on to win awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

“This is a great album. A finely crafted all original tribute to the classic country duet”
The Guardian

 ”One of the most exquisitely pained American country albums of the year comes from this British couple”
New York Daily News – Top Ten Album of the week

“A baker’s dozen of originals that sound like they came straight out of the June/Johnny-Emmylou/Gram-Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood catalogs. This is as authentic as anything out of Nashville or Texas…A batch of superb C&W corkers.”
American Songwriter, USA  **** 4/5

“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the best British country record ever!”
Duncan Warwick, Editor – Country Music People.

“Truly a great record”
Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)

“Lou has the most stunning voice. I LOVE it”
Graham Norton (BBC Radio 2)

“You would swear blind this albums cuts are lifted straight from the pages of some long-lost country songbook”  
BBC on-line music reviews

After a year of touring  the UK, America, Canada and Scandinavia, Oct 2013 sees My Darling Clementine release their 2nd album, “The Reconciliation?”   Recorded at the renowned Sheffield studio, Yellow Arch and produced by Colin Elliot  (Richard Hawley, Duane Eddy, Jarvis, Kylie,) it features 12 new, stunning duets, plus special guest appearances from Kinky Friedman, The Brodsky Quartet  & The Richard Hawley band.

MDC will be on tour in Europe throughout the Autumn and Winter before heading back to the USA in March 2014.  Their live show is spectacular, and has been the highlight of many festivals these past 2 summers.

“Off the scale guys, what a show! Amazing song writing and musicianship. We loved it, a pleasure to have you.”
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

“It was theatre, it was country music, it was rock ‘n’ roll”
Maverick *****5/5

“Thanks a million for such a sterling performance last night. You were tremendous.”
David Hepworth, Word

Tom Durkin

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Solo Bluegrass, Country and Blues musician performing energetic and original sets to audiences across the North West of the UK.

Tom is heavily influenced by early 1900s American blues, bluegrass and country artists and draws influence from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe and more.