Harper returning to Lima

Peter Harper started playing music when he was 15 in a brass band. Then he went into rock-and-roll at 18.

LIMA — Award-winning blues/roots artist Peter Harper will be returning to Lima at Fanatics Pub, 7281 West Main St.

“It’s a cool place. I really like it,” he said. “Obviously with the pandemic, we can’t play. We only started getting out on the road again.”

An award-winning singer/ songwriter/virtuoso harmonica player, Harper creates a heady mix of blues and roots music through his use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo, an ancient wind instrument native to Australia.

He’s currently playing with the Midwest Kind, which features Austin Johnson on guitar, Lee Lewis on bass guitar, Bud Smith on drums and Bobbi Llewellyn on backing vocals/ percussion.

“The funny thing is the band I have now is the first band I had when I came to the U.S.,” said Harper, who was raised in Australia but is now based in Detroit. “So it’s come full circle.”

Harper started playing music in a brass band at 15. Then he went into rock-and-roll at 18.

“I think the main thing was I always wanted to write my own songs. I didn’t want to be a cover band,” he said. “So it was a longer process.”

Most of Harper’s songs are general lifestyles and slight politics in nature. He does songs about the indigenous people of Australia, who taught him the didgeridoo. Harper said people take different approaches to what the song is about, which is fine with him. According to Harper, a lot of people say they are very positive songs.

He’s written about 250 songs. Harper does other music as well for television, and the pandemic caused him to spend more time in a studio then he normally would.

He said he likes the challenge of songwriting and what you want to talk about. Harper said he enjoys creating from zero and coming up with something.

Harper has received 14 blues/roots music awards (including a Gold Record) in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and achieved four Top Ten Billboard Blues Charting albums, including his latest – 2020’s “Rise Up,” which debuted at number 3 on the chart. He recently won a Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Vocalist.”

He has released 10 albums and has supported on tour internationally-known artists such as John Mayall, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray.

Peter Harper will be playing 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets, which cost $20, are available by calling (585) 624-2080. Proof of vaccination is required when coming to the show. More information at www.fanaticspub.com.

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