Harper

Harper

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From Perth, Western Australia, Harper & his incredible band perform a powerful mix of world music and rockin' Blues fusion. The combination of the didgeridoo and Harper's virtuoso harmonica creates a unique soulful, tribal sound that has wowed audiences all over the world.

Biography

Harper: World blues fusion from Australia
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PART HARMONICA WIZARD AND PART rhythmic explorer, "Harper" is a fiery artist who blurs the lines between rock, blues, soul and world music. His latest Blind Pig release, "Day By Day", displays his trademark virtuoso harp performances, distinctive instrumentation, deeply soulful grooves and instantly memorable songs and provides another prime example of why his unique roots music style occupies a category of its own. Harper has been described as "a singer with the deep soul of Motown, a harmonica player who can graft Sonny Boy II and Little Walter with John Popper, a songwriter who tells his own compelling stories in an unhurried, J.J. Cale-like manner, and a musical visionary who is unafraid to mix the didgeridoo, an important part of his Australian indigenous culture, with infectious modern percussive rhythms". His skill lies in the fact that he is able to tap into the kindred spirits running through his traditional and modern influences, borrowing from western and world music to develop a highly original take on the roots genre. He also takes the harmonica beyond its assigned place. Harper’s innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects.

Born in the United Kingdom, Harper’s musical journey began early, performing in brass bands playing the trumpet and euphonium. At the age of ten, his family moved half way the world to Perth, Western Australia, and his father introduced Harper to the harp. In Perth, one of the most isolated cities in the world, there was a thriving blues and folk scene. The blues had a rawness, an honesty and a passion of the soul which spoke to Harper deeply. Then, like every blues lover, Harper began his journey backwards to discover the deeper roots of the music.

"I think Muddy Waters really hit me hard. There was something incredibly special about his sound, his powerful voice and his songs. I would sing his songs constantly. I also really dug Sonny Boy Williamson II as well. I loved his rhythmic use of his harp. I was also inspired by a pretty wide range of players and styles like Little Walter, Sugar Blue and Stevie Wonder who guide me in my playing. "But Harper did not stop his search with the blues. It was a chance meeting with a Hopi "Dan Running Bear" in Silverton, Colorado, that led him down the path to rediscovering the music of his homeland. Fascinated with the spirituality and culture of the American Natives, he found the same qualities present in the Australian Aborigines of his homeland. On adding the native didgeridoo to his music, Harper says "It is a sound I grew up with, so it seemed natural to add it to my songwriting particularly when the lyrics related to the plight of the Aborigines in Australia. When I added the didgeridoo to the more traditional blues instruments, it worked. The deep woody qualities and its haunting drone seemed to enhance the emotional quality of my stories. The didgeridoo is a spiritual and healing instrument, and it seemed blues music accepted it with open arms."

Prior to his introduction to American audiences, Harper released six albums to great acclaim in his homeland of Australia. In 1994 he moved to Melbourne, Victoria and released his first album, "Tears of Ice". This was followed by "Yesterday Is Over" in 1996 with his band Blue Devil and "Live At The Soup Kitchen" in 1997 as a soloist. In 2000, he released "Glass on The Stepping Stone" and "Live At St. Andrew’s" in 2001. In 2003 he released "Way Down Deep Inside", for which he received two harmonica awards and “Album of the Year” honor from US Magazine's Guide to the Best of the Blues Harmonicas & Beyond. Over the years Harper has received multiple Australian Blues Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Acoustic Artist of the Year.”

His prolific recording career and memorable stage performances allowed Harper to take his music beyond Australia. He’s played in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore and France. He first started performing in the United States in 1996, and has toured here ten times since. It was on one of these tours that he caught theattention of Blind Pig, which made him their first international signing. With a home at a U.S. label and growing appreciation for his music from American audiences, Harper made the permanent move to the U.S. His animated shows have been well received at blues festivals, world music festivals, and by fans of jam band music. He was also invited to perform on stage several times with the rock band "Journey" during their tour last year.

Harper’s first Blind Pig release and American debut, 2005’s Down To The Rhythm, won accolades from the press for its unique sound and virtuoso performances, coupled with

Lyrics

Feels like sunday morning

Written By: P D Harper

FEELS LIKE SUNDAY MORNING

FEELS LIKE SUNDAY MORNING, WHENEVER I AM WITH YOU.
ANOTHER PERFECT DAY, NOW IM HERE WITH YOU.
WELL I COULD STAY FOREVER & WATCH THE SUN GO DOWN.
YOU MAKE ME FEEL JUST LIKE MY WHOLE WORLD HAD JUST BEGUN.

YOU MAKE IT FEE LIKE SUNDAY MORNING.
YOU ALWAYS TAKE MY BREATH AWAY.
WISH WE COULD STAY RIGHT HERE FOREVER.
AND WE COULD THROW OUR CARES AWAY.

I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I COULD FEEL THE WAY I DO.
DON’T THINK I EVER WANT TO MOVE ON WITHOUT YOU.
NOW EVERYTHING SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
AND I CAN SEE MYSELF STAYING HERE WITH YOU.

WELL IT JUST SEEMS LIKE SUNDAY MORNING.
I HOPE THAT NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE.
WELL WE COULD STAY HERE RIGHT HERE FOREVER,
AND EVERYTHING REMAINS THE SAME.

I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD SETTLE DOWN.
NOW EVERYTHING IS FINE JUST HAVING YOU AROUND.
I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD FEEL THE WAY I DO.
FEELS JUST LIKE SUNDAY MORNING

Just what you're looking for

Written By: P D Harper

JUST WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

NO NEED TO WORRY IF YOU’RE FEELING BAD. IT’LL BE ALRIGHT WE GOT A PILL FOR THAT.
WORKING HARD GOT A JOB TO DO. GONNA FIND A DRUG THAT’S JUST RIGHT FOR YOU.
JUST WANT TO TELL YOU, THAT WE REALLY CARE. YOU CAN FIND OUT ALL ABOUT US ANYWHERE.
YOU SEE YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM. WE GOT A CURE. WE KNOW JUST WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP, MAKE NO MISTAKE. WE WILL FIND YOU SOMETHING, YOU NEED TO TAKE.
WE GOT THE MONEY, GONNA MAKE YOU FEEL YOU NEED OUR HELP, GONNA MAKE A DEAL.
WE GOT PEOPLE WITH A JOB TO DO. SPENDING TIME GETTING THROUGH TO YOU.
YOU SEE YOU GOT A PROBLEM. WE GOT A CURE. WE KNOW JUST WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.

DON’T YOU WORRY, IF YOU THINK YOUR FINE. YOU’RE GONNA NEED US SOME OTHER TIME.
OUR FUTURES ALWAYS LOOKING GREAT. OUR SHAREHOLDERS REALLY APRECIATE.
WE GOT THE MONEY, GONNA MAKE YOU FEEL, YOU NEED OUR HELP. GONNA MAKE A DEAL.
YOU SEE YOU GOT A PROBLEM. WE GOT A CURE . WE KNOW JUST WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.

Discography

"Day By Day" (2007) Blind Pig Records
"Down To the Rhythm" (2005) Blind Pig Records
"Way Down Deep Inside" (2003) Under The Radar
"Live at St Andrews" (2002)
"Glass On The Stepping Stone" (2000)
"Live at The Soup Kitchen" (1997)

Set List

Club show, 2 x 75 minute sets
Festival set , 90 minute set