Nick's Media Library
As featured in the 1998 Squeeze tour programme
Here's a list in progress of Nick's appearances in the media that do not appear elsewhere on this site or on the web - there are other press reviews and interviews linked to the links page. Thanks to all the Harperists who've helped out with this, especially the multitude of you who pass on news of Nick's radio appearances!
Print interviews and other appearances:
Reviews of Harperspace:
- Nick's thoughts on touring pastimes, as revealed to official Squeezezine Mumbo Jumbo in 1997
- A fantastic November 2001 interview with the fanzine Jesus Built My Talbot Samba - the reason I got this site going in the first place :)
- What's On Birmingham, 22 December 2001: Interview to publicise his January 2002 show at Ronnie Scott's
- Guitar (UK), August 2002: Excellent interview to publicise Double Life - just in time to memorialise his soon-to-be-retired Lowden!
- Observer Music Monthly, no.2 (October 2003): Full colour ad for the autumn 2004 tour (with tour dates) and Blood Songs
- Word, January 2004: Appearance (question #1) and photo in "Hereditary Principle" quiz on rock stars' kids who've followed in their footsteps; clue: "Father was a One Man Rock'n'Roll Band"
- Glasgow Herald, 21 August 2004: Long feature article on Nick's career with interview excerpts and preview of his Fringe run, by friend of the HOH Rob Adams
- Word, December 2004: Photo in Glenn Tilbrook feature (very funny by the way), where Glenn refers to Nick as "one of the most talented men in the world". Awwww!
Reviews of Blood Songs - read the text of all these reviews here:
- Mojo, September 2000: Review by Colin Harper (no relation)
Gig reviews and previews (scans and/or transcripts will be added when I can get them):
- Times (London), 13 February 2004: Review by David Sinclair
- Independent on Sunday, 15 February 2004: Review by Simmy Richman
- Herald (Glasgow), 28 February 2004: Review by Rob Adams
- Mojo, March 2004: Review by Colin Harper (again, no relation)
- Uncut, March 2004: Review by Mick Houghton
- Guitar (UK), April 2004: Review; also named Album of the Month!
- Q, April 2004: Review by Ben Lerwill
Radio appearances - thanks to Aaro and Paul's sites for further info:
- Glasgow Herald, 28 August 1996: Review of Nick at Edinburgh Theatre East End (Festival Fringe)
- Glasgow Herald, 21 January 2002: Rob Adams' review of Nick at the Tron for Celtic Connections - read the review here
- Press And Journal (North Scotland), ? April 2002: Preview of the 18 April 2002 gig at the Inverness Maple Court Hotel
- Sunday Mail, Sunday 21 April 2002 (in Seven Days magazine section): Review of Edinburgh Venue, 12 April
- Glasgow Herald, 13 August 2002: Rob Adams' review of Nick at Southside for the Fringe - read the review here
- Glasgow Herald, 21 August 2003: Rob Adams' review of Nick at Aurora Nova for the Fringe - read the review here
- Music News Scotland, issue 6 (October 2003): Preview of Nick's Edinburgh gig in October 2003
- Glasgow Herald, 17 October 2003: Rob Adams' preview of Nick's Scottish gigs on the October 2003 tour - read the preview here
- Bob Harris Show (BBC Greater London Radio, 30 November 1995): Interview and live session with The Kilty Stone, Headless, and Radio Silence
- Ashley Franklin Show (BBC Radio Derby, probably recorded 9 April 1996): Interview and live session (further details unknown)
- Henry Ayrton Show (Radio Humberside, 14 April 1996): Interview and live session (songs unknown)
- Bob Harris Show (BBC Greater London Radio, 29 August 1996): Radio session with Crazy Boy and Headless
- Henry Ayrton Show (Radio Humberside, 6 May 1999): Interview and live session with Smithereens, The Magnificent G7, Like Punk Never Happened, and Twisted
- Against The Grain with Nick Dibiasio (WICN, Worcester, MA, USA, 23 March 2002): Play of Glittering Eye / The Kilty Stone
- Tom Morton Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 11 April 2002): Interview and album version of The Verse Time Forgot
- Celtic Connections (BBC Radio Scotland, 21 May 2002): Play of The Magnificent G7 (version from Double Life)
- Against The Grain with Nick Dibiasio (WICN, Worcester, MA, USA, 30 August 2003): Play of Two Way Thing, and happy birthday wishes to the new Baby Harper from Glenn Tilbrook!
- Bob Harris Show (BBC Radio 2, 7 December 2003): Play of Imaginary Friend and preview of Nick's Milton Keynes Stables gig, where maybe Bob didn't need to mention Roy quite so much! Listen here (16 kbps, 5:20)
- Cucamonga (Radio 1 Belgium, 1st March 2004): Interview and 3 songs from the Blood Songs album. Listen to the interview segments here (16 kbps, 4:31) and read what you can translate of the transcript here - hey, now we know the Belgian for "soulful" and "groovy"!
- Cumbria Today with Liz Barnes (BBC Radio Cumbria, 13 April 2004): Interview and play of album track to promote his Carlisle gig that night - if you heard this, please let us know
- Bob Walmsley - Good Afternoon (BBC Radio Leeds, 13 April 2004): Interview and play of Imaginary Friend to promote his upcoming Leeds gig - if you heard this, please let us know
- Jools Holland Show (BBC Radio 2, 10 May 2004): Nick made an appearance (of sorts) when Jools played Ray And Me from Glenn Tilbrook's new album Transatlantic Ping Pong - Nick plays acoustic guitar on the track. Prime time Radio 2, fame beckons... :)
- Liz Kershaw Show (BBC 6 Music, 16 May 2004): Nick made another appearance (of sorts) when Liz played Reinventing The Wheel from Glenn Tilbrook's Transatlantic Ping Pong, as Nick sings very identifiable backing vocals on the Ben Jones-penned track!
- Contemporary Cafe with Nick Dibiasio (WICN, Worcester, MA, USA, 17 June 2004): Play of Glittering Eye, as well as tracks from Glenn Tilbrook's new album which feature Nick
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 24 August 2004): Play of Kilty Stone and very kind words from Iain. Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 5:21)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 30 August 2004): Play of Radio Silence and a comparison between Nick and Rufus Wainwright - well, maybe! Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 8:57)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 2 September 2004): Play of Imaginary Friend and a namecheck/thank-you to HOH friend Catherine Wightwick and to the HOH itself (well we sent him his copy of Blood Songs, we're glad to help ;). Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 5:21)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 8 September 2004): Play of Lily's Song - the lovefest rolls on :)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 27 September 2004): Play of Imaginary Friend plus a bit of hype for Nick's Glasgow gig in November - we love Iain, we do!
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 23 November 2004): Play of Glittering Eye/Kilty Stone plus a bit of info about the Kilty Stone pub and some more tour hype - go Iain! Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 6:29)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 15 December 2004): Play of Boy Meets Planet
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 27 December 2004): Play of Three Magpies along with Roy's Goldfish Bowl, during a show on families in music
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 10 May 2005): Play of Imaginary Friend and a nearly full reading of Paula's email about the upcoming Scottish dates (fair made me blush!). Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 4:28)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 19 May 2005): Play of Radio Silence and more hype for the Scottish tourdates - nice one...
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 7 June 2005): Play of Riverside Revisited with Iain commenting, "It could have been his illustrious father back in the 1970s" :)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 12 July 2005): Play of The Verse Time Forgot and a great plug for the Scottish tour taking place then. Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 3:54)
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 3 August 2005): Play of Crazy Boy
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 22 August 2005): Play of The Verse Time Forgot
- Charles Hazlewood Show (BBC Radio 2, 12 September 2005): Play of Before They Put Me In The Ground, with conductor Charles Hazlewood discussing Nick's work and why he thinks it's musically significant. Credibility points ahoy! Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 8:42)
- Desmond Carrington with The Music Goes Round (BBC Radio 2, 20 September 2005): Play of Crazy Boy, and famed actor Desmond Carrington speaking highly of Nick (and his dad :). Two Radio 2 plays in 8 days, not shabby! Listen to the segment here (16 kbps mono, 6:37)
- Paul Hartley Show (BBC Radio Humberside, 24 November 2005): A lovely Thanksgiving present to the HOH - Nick does an interview and plays Radio Silence live on Radio Humberside before his Grimsby gig. Listen to the interview and song here (16 kbps mono, 20min)... it's about 5mins in, but I did enjoy the local radio song/text competition beforehand ;) Apologies for a few pops and gaps here and there - the network was't happy!
- Iain Anderson Show (BBC Radio Scotland, 8 February 2006): Play of Whack 'n' Riddle Tree.
- Roger Phillips Show (BBC Radio Merseyside, 30 March 2006): Nick talks tunnels (it is Liverpool, after all) and bashes Bush in an interview with a not-terribly-interested Roger Phillips - it's still great anyway, especially for Nick's political rant. Go on my son. ;) Of course, Treasure Island also gets played. Listen to the interview here (16 kbps mono, 9min).
- Pat Marsh Show (BBC Radio Kent, 2 May 2006): Nick hypes his upcoming Canterbury gig with a relaxed interview with Pat Marsh on Radio Kent, and a play of the album version of Treasure Island - sounds like a late night gave our kid a touch of the Bob Flemings. ;) He even previews a new song, which he would eventually play in Canterbury. Listen to the interview here (16 kbps mono, 15min).
- Sally Pepper Show (BBC Radio Derby, 24 May 2006): In the first of a daily double (straight outta Swindon), Nick visits Radio Derby to promote his appearance at the Off the Tracks festival. Shock! horror! the presenter is funny and educated, and seems bowled over by the ol' Harpic charm (we can all relate ;). It's great to hear the moving Real Life on the radio, even if it's disappointing that the planned live track doesn't materialize. Listen to the interview here (16 kbps mono, 19min). Apologies for the glitch during the song - network access is a weird and not-so-wonderful thing!
- Alan Clifford Show (BBC Radio Nottingham, 24 May 2006): He's batting two for two in one day - Nick gets another interested interviewer and has a very enlightening chat. Learn whether Nick would encourage his kids to take up the family business and why it doesn't matter if beer has "a little fish" in it. ;) If that wasn't enough, Underground Stream gets a rare radio play and sounds fabulous. Listen to the interview here (16 kbps mono, 13min).
- Janice Long Show (BBC Radio 2, 13 October 2006): Guitar boy meets girl (at Moseley Folk Festival, girl gets crush, girl gets boy onto her national radio show, and everyone lives happily ever after! Nick's showpiece session of the autumn, where he plays 3 songs - Love Junky, By My Rocket Comes Fire and Crazy Boy - for a rapt audience and answers questions on postmen and pants (sent by a Mr. D. Lodge of this parish)... Listen to the whole impressive shebang here (16 kbps mono, 42min).
- Mark Jones Weekend Breakfast (BBC Radio Wiltshire, 28 October 2006): A great interview with an informed interviewer - it helps that Mark Jones and Nick went to school together, and that Mark says one of his dreams since high school was to interview Nick on the radio (it's good to realise your dreams :). Nick also plays 3 songs and recites his Wiltshire Tale (of course). Check it out here (16 kbps mono, 42min). Apologies for the dropouts and quality issues, blame Orange Broadband and the BBC not having a Listen Again facility for this show!
- Janice Long Show (BBC Radio 2, 2 May 2007): Like Depeche Mode, Janice just can't get enough - she invites Nick back for his second session in less than a year and sounds even more wowed by his work and his winning charm! Everyone's a winner. ;) Nick plays 3 songs (2 from his upcoming album Miracles for Beginners and answers more questions from sane to sensible, from Everest to fryups to the greatest football team in the world... (plus I won the competition, bonus ;). Check it all out here (16 kbps mono, 36min - apologies for extra songs).
- Access All Areas with Keith Warmington (BBC Radio Bristol, 4 May 2007): Nick makes his second late night BBC radio appearance of the week, this time in a mad dash from his Bristol Fleece show. He charms host Keith with true-life acoustic rocker tales (including what it might be like to have Led Zeppelin as a babysitter ;) and plays 2 songs from Miracles for Beginners, including the (IMHO) instant classic "Blue Sky Thinking". Have a listen here (16 kbps mono, 20min).
- Mike George Show (BBC Radio Gloucestershire, 15 June 2007): Further details and possibly audio to come!
- Cheshire FM interview (15 June 2007): Further details and possibly audio to come!
- Mal Pope Show (BBC Radio Wales, 15 June 2007): Rather than being interviewed, Nick plays 3 new album tracks in session - The Field Of The Cloth Of Gold, Miracles For Beginners and Blue Sky Thinking - and introduces each one with some chat about the song. Possibly audio to come!
- MOJO Rocks (MOJO Radio, 15 June 2007): You wait for ages for a radio appearance, and Nick does two at the same time! In appearance #4 of the 15th, Nick is interviewed by Phil Alexander, editor of MOJO. Further details to come, but in the meantime, check out the whole thing here (16kbps mono, 29min).
- The Saturday Night Show (Isles FM, 28 July 2007): After a play of Treasure Island, Nick appears by phone on Isles FM to promote his upcoming Isle of Lewis gig. He's interviewed by Glenn and Gemma, who in the Scottish vernacular are both mad as a box of frogs but in the most enjoyable way possible. You should go to their site to find out more about Biccie of the Week and check out their excellent links page. Sadly the interview cuts off early, though we do find out that Nick and Glenn went to the same secondary school in Wiltshire, proving that indeed it is a small world. Listen to the proof here (16kbps mono, 16min).
UPDATED FULL VERSION TO BE LOADED SOON
- Radio One Live Lounge with Jo Whiley (BBC Radio One, 2 July 2008): Nick Harper. With the UK's number 1 artist Dizzee Rascal. In Radio One's Live Lounge. Playing Ting Tings covers. No joke! He may not be namechecked, but you can tell he's there all the same. Believe it or not, you can find it all here (16 kbps mono, 20min).
- Take It To The Bridge (VH1 UK, [date?] 1996): Over 2 weeks, acoustic performances of This Summer and Walk Away as part of Squeeze (aka Difford and Tilbrook)
- Festival 02 (ITV Scottish/Grampian, 16 August 2002): Live version of Aeroplane taped at Southside venue especially for the show on Thursday 8th
- This Land: Snowdonia (BBC One/Two regional, various dates in October 2003): The Sky Goes All The Way Home played nearly in full before and through the end credits
- City Centre Social (Channel M, 6 June 2007): Further details and possibly video to come!
Updated 3 August 2007
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