NICK HARPER - LIGHT AT THE END OF THE KENNEL:
Folk Roots - Review 1998
The latest collection of titles from Terra Nova's Affordable Discoveries series represents genuine value at £4.99 a time as well as a broad range of folk styles. On the cover of each is also a description of the music and while artists themselves often hate being pigeon-holed this is actually quite helpful. The CD's vary in length but you generally get a good album's worth.
Nick Harper is described as a 'modern troubadour' and his is the shortest offering at just 20 minutes. However the quality of the songs makes up for this, Harper is an amazingly talented guitarist playing intricate yet interesting acoustic guitar. He is one of the few singer songwriters whose material does not cry out for additional accompaniment. His varied songs have original and compelling melodies being occasionally poppy but always intelligent and well arranged. Riverside, a powerful slightly eastern sounding instrumental, provides a brilliant end for an EP that really leaves you wanting more.