Man And Myth, Roy Harper‘s first studio album in 13 years, will be released September 23 on the eclectic Bella Union label.
Harper celebrated his 70th birthday in June 2011 with a special show at the Royal Festival Hall in London and was joined on stage by Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Wilson and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin (who once penned a tribute titled ‘Hats Off To Harper’). David Gilmour not only played on record and stage for Harper, but also recruited Harper to sing ‘Have A Cigar’ on Pink Floyd’s album Wish You Were Here. Celebrated DJ John Peel requested that Harper’s ‘When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease’ be played at his funeral (Peel passed away in 2004).
Harper released 21 albums between 1966 and 2000, including the acclaimed Stormcock in 1971. The album was cited by both Joanna Newsome and Fleet Foxes for their respective albums Ys and Helplessness Blues.
Four of the seven tracks that constitute Man And Myth were recorded with Jonathan Wilson at his studio in Laurel Canyon. Wilson had been assembling a Harper tribute album and the two struck up a friendship after meeting backstage at Wilson’s show at London’s Borderline in 2012. ‘Heaven Is Here’ and ’The Exile’, the album’s epic closing tracks, and ‘January Man” were subsequently recorded back in County Cork. Pete Townshend plays lead guitar on ‘Cloud Cuckooland’.
So far, Harper has announced five UK dates for later this year.
Man And Myth album track listing below:
1. The Enemy
2. Time Is Temporary
3. January Man
4. The Stranger
5. Cloud Cuckooland
6. Heaven Is Here
7. The Exile
Upcoming Roy Harper UK live info below:
Saturday August 17 – GLANUSK – Green Man Festival
Sunday August 18 – ESCOT PARK – Beautiful Days Festival
Tuesday October 22 – LONDON – Royal Festival Hall
Friday October 25 – MANCHESTER – Bridgewater Hall
Sunday October 27– BRISTOL – Colston Hall
Man And Myth will be released September 23, 2013 on Bella Union.