London, England, GBR

A reflective blend of singer-songwriter, folk and pop and acoustic rock, with lush production, flowing melodies, and an English flavour. For fans of Bon Iver, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, The Divine Comedy, Iron and Wine.


Contact: info@jamesharkermusic.com

HARKER, aka James Harker, was raised in Sheffield, England, and first began cultivating his musical interests participating in his school concert band and big band playing bass. Meanwhile, he took home vinyls of Peter Gabriel, early Elton John, Robert Fripp, Talking Heads and Paul Simon, and began producing his own home-made albums on the side. Within time, he began showcasing his songs on the school stage, performing under-rehearsed rock numbers in front of bewildered peers and teachers.

Since graduating from the University of York, where he'd been involved in the university’s drama and music scenes, (including stripping completely naked in front of nearly 2,000 people in the university's production of 'The Full Monty' musical), James has worked as almost everything: piano player in an Italian restaurant, gin seller, caterer to the Royal Family, wine seller, and medical administrator - all while trying to pursue a music career.

In 2009 James released his debut album, The Red Room, written - like so many records - on the back on a brief and ill-fated love affair. He has also composed music for films, and has acted in a number of shows, including an hour-long comic monologue on the off-West End stage, and a comedy-horror short film. In recent months, James has begun collaborating on a large project with electronica producer Vast, and continued to work on his solo career.


"Exquisite ... spellbinding and enriching."
- Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover Magazine

"Delicate, upsetting, soaring and sour, but always articulate, The Red Room is a major achievement from a writer of no small talent."
- Nick Churchill, Fatea Records Magazine

"One of the finest albums I have heard in a long time."
- Tom Hamilton, Celtic Music Radio

"A classic 1970s style Singer/Songwriter album ... offering a very wide explosion of music styles."
- Gabor Kleinbloesem, Strutter Magazine


"Delicate, soaring pop" - Indiestore panel of music journalists, including NME and Rolling Stone

"A smooth voice reminiscent of The Divine Comedy ... A name to look out for" - Britmag

"Providing enough physical presence to make the audience ripple with excitement every time he is on stage" - Broadway Baby

"Truly excellent" - The Scotsman


"Anecdote" - 4-track EP (released 14th October 2013)

"The Red Room" - Album (released 15th March 2012)

"Last Days Of Rome" - Single (released 21 November 2011)

Set List


Ferry Lane Bridge
The Black Ship
The Master Plan
Last Days of Rome
Flimsy Whimsy
The Way
Lost Soul Music
Mrs Caesar
Wide Sargasso Sea

This set list is a rough guide; it can be lengthened or shortened, mixed up, and made mellower or more raucous. Planning the set list depends on the venue/event. Covers can be also be included in the right contexts.