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Music Editorial

nickharper18.jpg That voice! That guitar! That man!

And that man in full: Nick Harper, of course, son of the legendary Roy Harper, who has now established himself as a top drawer artist in his own right. He’s playing Durham this March.

If you’re unfamiliar with the extraordinary talents of Nick Harper then take yourself off to YouTube forthwith and stick in “Nick Harper Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. His version of the Pink Floyd classic is un-be-flippin-lievable, displaying his virtuoso guitar work and his incredible vocals that run from a soulful and impassioned rock voice to a falsetto that acts like a wailing siren, another instrument to bolster the incredible sound he manages to conjure up. The man himself has now put out nine studio albums, and has appeared at Glastonbury six times, being asked back time and time again because of his show-stopping live performances in which he combines caustic wit, his own material and some choice covers. Mojo magazine called him: “One of the finest guitarists of his generation” and also noted his “soaring vocal range and propensity for epic songs” and we’re certainly not going to argue with any of that.

Nick Harper + Matt Grant, Sunday 18 March, Empty Shop HQ, Framwellgate Bridge, Durham City, 4pm, £10. facebook.com/downbytheriverdurham