Selected: Bob Harris

An Evening with…Bob Harris OBE

+ support Robert Vincent (solo/acoustic)

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Last Show: Friday 23 rd August 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

The SELECTED series of concerts is curated by different artists revealing the influences that shape them and introducing new artists who have impressed them. For the fifth SELECTED series, we are joined by British broadcasters and writer Bob Harris. An intimate evening of story and song from Bob's 50 years in broadcasting and music. “Whispering” Bob Harris OBE has been at the very heart of UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation - described by Radio Times as “...one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting” and by The Mail On Sunday as “a national treasure”. Few people have taken as many bands into mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris - from his groundbreaking work in 1970’s on BBC Radio 1 and the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test TV shows to his current programme Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2.

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Bob Harris

His guiding principle is the pursuit of excellence - reflected in the passion of his broadcasting and his devotion to the best music. He is a trusted guide and mentor to millions who have music at the centre of their lives. When Bob gives his support to an artist, people listen.

His tireless promotion of emerging and cutting-edge music has been second to none across a career that has seen him acknowledged by a series of international awards. In 2011, Bob received an OBE for his services to music broadcasting. He has twice been named International Music Broadcaster of the Year by Country Music Association - who also awarded him the prestigious Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award in 2012. He is a fellow of University of Northampton, has received a UK Heritage Award, a Mojo Medal and was inducted into UK Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.

But, broadcasting is not the only string to Bob’s bow. He is also a respected and successful writer. He co-founded Time Out magazine in 1968 and currently has his own column in Maverick Magazine. In 2015, he published the second edition of his autobiography Still Whispering After All These Years which spent more than two months at the top of Amazon Music Book Chart.

Bob, his wife Trudie and their son Miles run the multi award-winning Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company - an independent boutique production house. WBBC curates and captures beautiful Under The Apple Tree Sessions in Bob’s own Apple Tree Studio – highlighting the best emerging talent from UK, US and beyond. The team have additionally made innovative programmes for BBC Four and SkyArts – including Bob Harris: My Nashville and the Back To…TV series and won two Sony Radio Awards for the radio documentaries The Day John Met Paul and The Sandy Denny Story both broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

As a familiar voice across the airwaves for half a century he is reassuringly knowledgeable and totally unique. He has enjoyed an incredibly prolific five-decade career (so far) and is as passionate about music today as he was as a small boy – hosting listening parties in parents’ basement.

 

Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Liverpool - having received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from “Whispering” Bob Harris in 2016 and UK Americana Music Association’s UK Album of The Year in 2018.

Seeing him play at the Bluebird Café’s Bluecoat event, the legendary broadcaster immediately invited Robert to record an Under The Apple Tree Session in his home studio and for his BBC Radio 2 “Country” show - describing him as “absolutely magnetic”.

Vincent credits his story-telling style of songwriting to his upbringing – where his formative years were spent listening to his father’s record collection including Emmylou Harris, Charlie Rich and Waylon Jennings, plus his older brother’s introduction to Pink Floyd.

In 2013, he released his debut album, Life In Easy Steps - with the title track receiving national airplay from Janice Long and Radcliffe & Maconie – and he’s subsequently toured the UK supporting Paul Carrack, James Blunt, Squeeze and The Pretenders at Royal Albert Hall. Recorded in his hometown and mixed in Nashville by Grammy Award-winning producer Ray Kennedy, his second full-length release I’ll Make The Most of My Sins sees him sited by The Guardian as one the UK’s top Americana artists.

Robert hit the road in Spring for Hearts of Glass Tour supporting Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman and closed the show in style with his performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test: For One Night Only on BBC4 – which resulted in his album soaring to #1 in iTunes Country chart toppling Chris Stapleton off the top spot. For his follow-up album (due Spring 2019) he’ll be working with world renowned Brit Award-winning producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne).

In 2018, he’s been on the supporting bill for his hero Roger Waters in Hyde Park at British Summer Time and joined “The Titan of Twang” Duane Eddy in October for two very special UK shows to celebrate his 80th birthday - before undertaking his own headline tour across UK in November.

Bob Harris

Robert Vince