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.
maddogfagin: Their jealousy and ignorance knows no bounds. Best ignore them - most sensible people do these days.
Sept 28, 2019 12:22:55 GMT
dryad: Hey, I'm shouting out because I can't figure out how to post in the "Hello, I'm new Here!" post. I cam over here looking for Samhain songs. I'll roll with "Songs From the Wood" if no one knows of something specific. I'll do the hello if I can figure it out
Oct 9, 2019 20:54:07 GMT
jackinthegreen: Good Evening from Scotland, hope everyone is good tonight
Oct 10, 2019 23:16:36 GMT
maddogfagin: . . . and lunchtime salutations from Cornwall
Oct 11, 2019 12:42:18 GMT
steelmonkey: Hello from Mexico City where Tulliano T shirt gets queries followed by respect.
Oct 12, 2019 3:20:51 GMT
botanicman: Does anyone care that JT weren't nominated for the RRHOF?
Oct 15, 2019 20:42:26 GMT
ash: I bet Ian doesn't care
Oct 17, 2019 16:36:52 GMT
JTull 007: I'm not affected by RNRHOF decisions... The only thing that matters is how we all feel about TULL. These days it keeps me HAPPY just to know there is MORE to come !!!
Oct 21, 2019 2:12:21 GMT
steelmonkey: Jim's right. I would trade 10 hall of fame invitations for each year Ian continues to work.
Oct 24, 2019 16:06:17 GMT
rredmond: I care... every single time they get snubbed... for about 10 seconds. But I'm REALLY pissed off for those ten seconds!
Oct 24, 2019 18:39:53 GMT
JTull 007: To me it's like being picked by Dick Clark to be on American Bandstand. RNRHOF is about a tourist destination for Cleveland Ohio not a TRUE Hall of Fame.
Oct 27, 2019 10:50:51 GMT
jethrotull: As Ian used to say on the SFTW tour "almost indistinguishable from the master tapes playing behind the stage". Clive James clearly loathed Ian Anderson and did manage to expose some of Ian's self-important pretentiousness.
Oct 31, 2019 16:53:24 GMT
ash: A big welcome to Joe Parrish and a sad goodbye to Flo
Nov 2, 2019 13:27:33 GMT
steelmonkey: Plenty of Florian era highlights to appreciate,,, Change of Horses and Enter the Uninvited for two.
Nov 6, 2019 1:11:22 GMT
JTull 007: I loved him even more after 2010 and seeing him perform in Richmond Virginia. His stage presence and talent were like a FRESH new way to ROCK !!!!
Nov 6, 2019 22:29:31 GMT
nonrabbit: What's Florian going on to do?
Nov 13, 2019 19:13:22 GMT
maddogfagin: I would guess that with the "recognition" he's now got with the association with IA he'll be in demand for session and production work. Maybe he could be asked to remix the later Tull albums after Stormwatch if SW hasn't the time.
Nov 14, 2019 7:56:45 GMT