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Wednesday Night Roy Harper

Filed under: General,Music — Patterico @ 8:36 pm

You probably know him best as the vocalist on Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar,” but Roy Harper is much more.

One of the best performances I have seen of one of his best songs:

Several years ago, Roy came out to Los Angeles and performed several nights at Largo on Fairfax. Around the same time he played McCabe’s in Santa Monica. I saw every show. I talked to him after the McCabe’s show, and he said he might be coming to Los Angeles more, because his son was out here.

He never came back to Los Angeles to perform. He officially announced his retirement from touring a while back, but then recently did a short tour with Joanna Newson in Europe. We can always hope for more.

Here he is covering Jethro Tull’s song “Up the Pool”:

How could I not post this one:

YouTube has plenty more excellent cuts from this genius.


  1. My hat’s off to him.

    Comment by Karl (5f0050) — 6/16/2010 @ 9:01 pm

  2. Karl! No matter what type of obscure music I choose to feature, you’re right there with me.

    Comment by Patterico (c218bd) — 6/16/2010 @ 9:16 pm

  3. Seriously? 444??

    Comment by matthew (c218bd) — 6/16/2010 @ 9:18 pm

  4. I like mullets.

    Comment by JD (4b684a) — 6/16/2010 @ 9:23 pm

  5. matthew:

    I suspect you are really Mrs. P. If so, can you elaborate on where you saw a 444?

    Comment by Patterico (c218bd) — 6/16/2010 @ 9:35 pm


    David Gilmour & Roy Harper – Short and Sweet

    Comment by Mark1971 (888585) — 6/16/2010 @ 10:58 pm

  7. holy moley a Roy Harper fan!

    Many other great songs too: `12 Hours of Sunset’, `Girly’, and (of course) `Sophisticated Beggar’

    Comment by RB Glennie (7a4b0e) — 6/17/2010 @ 5:27 am

  8. btw – any idea where the `Commune’ footage is from? Isle of Wight 1970 or something?

    Comment by RB Glennie (7a4b0e) — 6/17/2010 @ 5:30 am

  9. Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion, Lifemask, Valentine, HQ were all favorites of mine, with many playings over the years. Flashes remains one of the truly great live albums of the past 40 years, and Valentine has some superb songs. HQ had the phenomenal Chris Spedding guitar playing, and of course Page lent a hand on several acoustic songs as well as guesting on Flashes. Roy Harper is an undiscovered pleasure, although some of his rants can be tiresome.

    Anyone who can write One Man Rock and Roll Band, South Africa, Forever, Twelve Hours of Sunset, Hallucinating Light can be excused some excesses.

    Comment by Bart (6c6299) — 6/17/2010 @ 8:25 am

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