Nick Harper flailing his guitar like a wild thing!
Nick Harper © Jennie Lewis
Two of the Wild Hare Club performances that have burned brightest have been those by Nick Harper. Never less than fully committed, Nick is an extraordinary guitarist who has been described as a ‘Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar’ on account of his guitar pyrotechnics as showcased here. This facility as an instrumentalist shouldn’t obscure the fact that Nick is a great songwriter too with songs that embrace pretty much all aspects of what it’s like to be human. Nick can also be very funny as can be heard on his song about that other fabled wit, Dorothy Parker, which you can find on Bandcamp.

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When Richard Met Debbie

Everybody knows the story of my meeting with Patti Smith but she’s not the only one of the artists of the New York underground scene of the late 1970s who I’ve met. Yes, of the CBGB centred scene-makers, I’ve also talked to John Cale and Richard Hell, exchanged grunts with Tom Verlaine and hung with Lenny Kaye. OK I confess to having engineered these encounters, mainly by blagging my way backstage, but my coming face-to-face with the Queen of NYC cool, Debbie Harry, that was totally unexpected.

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