Nick Harper Invades Beverley!!!

The Fabulous Nick Harper is playing at St Nicholas’s in Beverley this Saturday – A gig not to be missed!!!!

If you want a great book on Roy Harper, Nick Harper or a memoir of a life spent in Rock Music then have a look at an Opher Goodwin book.

I’ve a number of books on Rock Music to chose from. Why not have a browse?

Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years Paperback 

The Nick Harper book –

Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years Paperback 

Is available in paperback or digital from your local Amazon.

I first met Nick when he was a young child and over the years he has become a close friend. This book illuminates the genius that I feel is Nick Harper and is designed to accompany ‘The Wilderness Years’, a trilogy of vinyl albums. Nick talks candidly about many aspects of his music and career. I include, with Nick’s permission, the lyrics of all the songs featured in the trilogy. There are also many photos dating from his childhood to the present day.

One review:

‘Humorous anecdotes and autobiographical exposition, paralleled with notes on the complex work of Harper bring the reader on a journey of wonderful insight into this quiet troubadour. Lovely entertaining read.’

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If you would like me to sign a copy you can purchase a book directly from me – please PM me. (Or leave a message in the comments).

Nick Harper Gig in Cottingham

It was so good to be back in live events again and to see the great Nick Harper once more. I never get tired of Nick. Talking to him before the gig he told me that it had been hard getting back into performing after a two-year break; like starting over – half adrenalin and half terror.

You wouldn’t know it from the performance. It was immaculate.

All the ingredients were there and more. His songwriting is genius. The guitar playing is immense. The voice superb. The talking between tracks spot on. He kept us rapt throughout the evening and led us through a range of emotions.

I love his honesty, integrity, wit and intelligence. He is able to talk about anything and everything. What came over even more at this gig was his humour. He had everyone roaring. It was a stand-up comedy act at times.

Then there was the outspoken politics, the unashamed speaking out against the incompetence and corruption of this lying administration.

There were the most poignant moments with the memories of his mother and the songs he had written for her.
The love songs, tinged with humour and poetry in quick-fire delivery.

It’s so rare to find someone who combines all these things into such a warm, intimate evening. The musicianship was sublime, the warmth of the performance communicated brilliantly. Nick’s a one-off versatile genius. I came out glowing and buzzing – sated.

I hope the terror subsides. This was worth waiting for.

Thanks to Rich and Lou for organising the event. I know how much effort goes in.

A big thank you to Bret Hambling for providing these great sketches. He was busy throughout. I love them. Better than the usual photos!! Thanks Bret!

I look forward to the next time. I hope it’s not too far away!!

Jeff Parson’s review of Nick Harper gig last night in Cottingham.

Nick Harper at The Back Room, Cottingham 15 October 2021 My first foray as a gig-goer in the post-lockdown period was a visit to the lovely Back Room in Cottingham, which has been refurbished by owner and guitar hero Paul Sutton. It was most heart-warming to see that the venue has been treated to a high-quality makeover and that Paul has committed himself to continuing to provide a classy small venue in our locale.I first found out about Nick Harper through my friends and bandmates Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard, who have been promoting gigs for Nick in these parts for many years now. Rich would often tell me that Nick was coming to Hull and that I ought to see him. Foolishly, I never did, until Loudhailer Electric Co were offered a chance to support the great man at the Masonic Hall, Filey, as part of the town’s Folk Festival in May 2017.To say that Nick blew me away is an understatement; I immediately berated myself for having missed several past chances to catch him in action and resolved that whenever possible I would be at his future gigs in our area. Since then we had the good fortune to support him again, this time at Hull’s Adelphi, when he appeared with the Wilderness Kids to promote the album Lies, Lies, Lies in December 2017. This was another revelation, hearing him play electric guitar in a band setting with the superb material from his current record interspersed with career highlights.Further sightings were at the much-missed Kardomah in March 2018, and a further Leco support at O’Riley’s in April 2019 as part of his 58 Fordwych Road tour. Then, the world changed and for a while it looked like live gigs were a thing of the past; I was vexed. But then, another tour was mooted and once again Rich and Lou brought about a visit to our area from this elemental performer.Words like “amazing” and “awesome” have become so devalued in popular culture as they are employed to describe what are actually quite mundane things (“I went to the shops today”; “wow, that’s awesome!”), that I hesitate to use them in connection with Nick’s endeavours. I know he is also uncomfortable with the word “genius” but all three of these words can easily (and accurately) be applied to the man. To be a brilliant guitarist is fairly commonplace, and there are plenty of brilliant vocalists. There are also many brilliant songwriters and performers. However, to find brilliance in all four of these areas in one person is actually quite rare. Nick has brilliance in everything he does, whether it be his virtuoso guitar playing, his mind-blowing vocal dexterity and range, his incisive and intricately-crafted songs, or his masterful relationship with his audience. He is a consummate performer in every sense of the word and I feel privileged every time I get to sit and watch him do his stuff.His appearance at the Back Room was another tour-de-force, a bravura performance containing many spine-tingling moments. The set included the usual mix of fan favourites (he responded to audience requests), personal favourites and new material. Despite an obvious throat problem he was never less than superb, played for two hours plus without a break and treated an attentive audience to a heady mixture of glorious music and stand-up comedy. I know he won’t thank me for this, but in my book, he’s a genius. I can’t wait until the next opportunity to see him presents itself. Thanks again to Rich and Lou for bringing him to East Yorkshire, and to Paul Sutton for providing us with his superb venue and wonderful hospitality.

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Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years – Paperback

This book illuminates the genius that I feel is Nick Harper and is designed to accompany ‘The Wilderness Years’, a trilogy of vinyl albums. Nick talks candidly about many aspects of his music and career.

‘This is not just a book, it is a Labour of love.’

Really great read…It just flows…I was on page 48 before the need for a brew kicked in…

The book is available from Amazon. A signed copy can be obtained by emailing me at It will also be available to purchase from Nick on his tour (I’m sure he’ll sign it for you!).

Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years. The book.

I’ve just received another batch of Nick Harper books. If anybody would like a signed copy then email me at

The book is available from Amazon:

Nick Harper: The Wilderness Years: Goodwin, Opher: 9781678850661: Books

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