CAMILLA LAKE Published: 16:14 Monday 18 February 2019
Renowned singer songwriter Roy Harper is embarking on his last ever major UK tour celebrating “50 years of monumental classics.”
It brings him to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Thursday March 14 from 7pm, and will include famed epic McGoohan’s Blues from his 1968 album Folkjokeopus.
Harper is one of few surviving singer-songwriters from the counterculture of the 60s who is still creatively engaged in new composition and in progressing a body of work that reflects single-minded integrity.
He was born in 1941 in Manchester, began writing poems when he was 12, and playing skiffle music when just 13. At 14 he formed his first band with brothers David and Harry.
Harper’s career has spanned six decades. He has enjoyed collaborations with and tributes from many of his contemporaries, including Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and many more, with Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom and Johnny Marr affirmed fans.
In 2013 Roy released his album Man & Myth via Bella Union which was praised widely with Uncut saying: “Harper’s first album in 13 years is a magnificent, ambitious rejuvenation.” Harper is recording a new album and will soon release three vinyl reissues on March 8 for Sophisticated Beggar, Folkjokeopus and 1984 (Jugula).
Of the new show, Harper said: “Partly because many of the things I wrote about in McGoohan’s Blues in 1968 are still very relevant 50 years later, and partly because my third record was a watershed moment in my recording life, it’s been long in my mind that I should dust it off and bring it on tour again.”
He will be joined by Bill Shanley and an ensemble of musicians lead by Fiona Brice. Expect a mix of McGoohan’s Blues, classics and new songs. Tickets from £25 - £45, available from 01424 229111 or dlwp.com.
steelmonkey: Interweb broken at home for three days but Tull draws closer. One more week till I am where I belong...a place Tull is making music.
Jul 4, 2019 1:26:32 GMT
steelmonkey: 4 days till Tull.
Jul 5, 2019 19:05:52 GMT
JTull 007: 4 days till you meet your TULL DESTINY
Jul 6, 2019 3:04:00 GMT
nonrabbit: 3 days tull Tull Bernie that is - not me....
Jul 6, 2019 19:40:23 GMT
steelmonkey: In 72 hours I will be, for a change, where I am supposed to be, surrounded by people that I should be around. So Cal friend going tonight and will report right after.
Jul 7, 2019 0:33:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Have a rather splendid time Bernie
Jul 7, 2019 14:19:04 GMT
JTull 007: My spirit will be sitting next to you at The Mountain Winery I'll be drinking some TULL Wine too
Jul 9, 2019 2:11:22 GMT
steelmonkey: I peeked at setlists from past few days. Glad to see I can expect APP excerpt....My friend assures me that Warm Sporran is less a booby prize than Solstice Bells. Review soon. Clock stuck at work as I await concert this evening.
Jul 9, 2019 16:12:13 GMT
fluteinthegallery: If I had to put my love for Tull in to one word, it would be "everything". This band means everything to me.
Jul 15, 2019 3:59:50 GMT
steelmonkey: I would agree. I love music, I love rock and roll but my love for Tull is it's own category and bigger than the other two,
Jul 16, 2019 0:42:25 GMT
joemer: FOR MICHAEL COLLINS,JEFFREY & ME !!!! whether it happpened (the event) or not the Song was fabulous!!! incidentally Michael Collins "Is Alive and Well and Living In......
Jul 16, 2019 14:43:52 GMT
nonrabbit: Love the song interaction
Jul 17, 2019 21:17:17 GMT
maddogfagin: Now the wait begins
Jul 25, 2019 7:10:20 GMT
steelmonkey: Rock and Roll lives...saw The Raconteurs last night. Jack White was amazing. How does one guy get so much talent?....oh, wait....I've seen that somewehere.
Jul 25, 2019 16:46:34 GMT
snaffler: I haven't listened to anything as refreshing for decades (re Jethro Tull), as a couple of recordings of Martin's 50th Anniversary US tour! The songs sound so reinvigorated by Dan Crisp's vocals. I saw Martin last year and the vibe in the band seemed great
Jul 31, 2019 19:47:12 GMT