Roy Harper

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Roy Harper (born 12 June 1941) is an English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been a professional musician since 1964. He has released 22 studio albums and 10 live albums.

Musically, American blues musician Lead Belly and folk singer Woody Guthrie were his earliest influences, and, in his teens, jazz musician Miles Davis. Harper was also exposed to classical music in his childhood and has pointed to the influence of Jean Sibelius's Karelia Suite. Lyrical influences include the 19th century Romantics, especially Shelley, and Keats's poem "Endymion". Harper has also cited the Beat poets as being highly influential, particularly Jack Kerouac. As a musician, Harper is known for his distinctive fingerstyle playing and lengthy, lyrical, complex compositions, a result of his love of jazz and Keats.

His influence has been acknowledged by many musicians including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, who named the song "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper" after him, Pete Townshend of the Who, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, who stated Harper was his "...primary influence as an acoustic guitarist and songwriter." Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph has described him as "one of Britain’s most complex and eloquent lyricists and genuinely original songwriters."

More recently, Harper's influence has reached across the Atlantic and been acknowledged by Seattle-based acoustic band Fleet Foxes, American musician and producer Jonathan Wilson and Californian harpist Joanna Newsom with whom he has also toured. In 2011, Harper turned 70 and performed a celebratory concert at London's Royal Festival Hall. His most recent album, Man and Myth, was released in 2013.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales Various Artists 1
2010 An Autumn Almanac Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Picnic - A Breath of Fresh Air Various Artists 1
1988 Back on the Road Various Artists 3
1995 Troubadours of British Folk, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Harvest Festival Various Artists 1
2003 Troubadours of Folk: The 60s Acoustic Explosion Various Artists 1
2007 A Breath of Fresh Air: A Harvest Records Anthology 1969-1974 Various Artists 1
2012 Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974 Various Artists 2
2014 Uncut: The Sound Of 2013 Various Artists 1
This Mortal Coil 1983-1991 Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Cropredy - The Best and the Guests Fairport Convention 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Alhambra The Tea Party 2

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