Peter D. Harper

Friday, Sept 19, 2014
7:00 to 8:00 pm
South Stage


An amalgamation of blues, rock, soul and world music, Australian performer  “Peter D. Harper” creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled “World Blues”, and has become a huge favorite on the worldwide festival circuit, performing 30 + festivals and over 200 shows per year.  He currently makes his home in Michigan, and is backed at BluesFest by the very talented Detroit-based band “Midwest Kind,” which features Mike Howe on guitar,  James Norris on bass guitar, and Greg Sauceda on drums.

Harper has received multiple music awards in Australia, thr  USA, United Kingdom and Canada.  Rod Ames of No Depression magazine (USA) wrote that Harper “has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I have ever heard,” while Chip Eagle (Blues Revue, USA) said at a recent festival “..Harper is the most exciting artist on the live scene today”.

Harper head shotHe has performed for the Queen of England, received a Gold Record for “Sailing Australia” (America’s Cup Theme) and been featured on many major film sound tracks.  Harper has also been a guest harmonica player for US Super group “Journey” and blues legend Muddy Waters on his Western Australian tour.  Harper has performed regularly with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia and received many Australian Blues awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Song of the Year”  and “Acoustic Artist of the Year”   He was inducted into the Blues Museum Hall of Fame in Windsor Canada in late 2011, and Windsor’s Television network CFTV aired “An Evening with Peter Harper” in the spring of 2013.  That year Big City RnB Magazine (USA) also awarded him a Happy to Have the Blues Award as Best Instrumentalist.

In latre 2013,  Harper and Motor City Josh released a new acoustic blues CD called “Bare Bones” and completed a successful extensive national tour.  In 2014 he received an amazing five nominations at the Detroit Music Awards — for Outstanding Acoustic Vocalist, Outstanding World Music Songwriter, Outstanding Acoustic CD “Bare Bones,” Outstanding Blues CD “Bare Bones,” and Outstanding World Music Vocalist–winning the latter.

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