Preston Reed & Nick Harper
Preston Reed is one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in the world, he has been captivating audiences globally for almost three decades with the two-handed integrated percussive style he began developing in the 1980's. He is a direct influence on many of today's best known acoustic players including Andy McKee, Jon Gomm, Usman Riaz, Kaki King and others.
Premier Guitar Magazine said recently, "You can't speak about the acoustic guitar scene today without including Preston Reed".
The power and depth of Preston's timeless, imagery-evoking compositions are as unique as his execution. Blues, rock, metal, funk, jazz and classical styles are distilled into a breathtaking visual and sonic experience - a border-hopping musical language that tells stories without words.
As millions of YouTube viewers have discovered, Reed's recordings and live performances continue to define the sound of the pioneering compositional guitar genre he invented over a quarter century ago. "Spectacular the best one-man show this reviewer has seen since Bruce Springsteen A terrific performer" The Irish Independent
Nick Harper is the son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick was born in London and raised in Wiltshire. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father's Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985.
To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own - he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar).
For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado. His talent and showmanship were recognised in 2003 with a (Glasgow) Herald Fringe Angel award for excellence in live music during his Edinburgh Festival run. "Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place." The Times
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