Testimonials


‘If you are looking for great proofreading, look no further than Colin Harper. He is an excellent writer, who knows how to read and improve the work of others.’
               Professor John Storey
               Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland

‘Colin stepped into the breach within a busy research policy environment and helped us in proofreading existing website material, creating new case study essays for our web pages, and writing onstage material for the November 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards gala. All of which was delivered with outstanding efficiency and skill – I was very grateful to have had his valuable input and would recommend him without reserve.’
               Kerry Curran
               Research Policy Manager, Queen’s University Belfast

‘I have seen several examples of Colin Harper’s copy-editing and they confirm to my complete satisfaction that he possesses the full range of skills to do this job to the highest standard.’
               Professor Derek B. Scott
               Professor of Critical Musicology, University of Leeds

‘Having read Harper the author, and witnessed the impact of his editorial skills on others, I would expect Colin to be utterly thorough and consistently professional and would not hesitate in recommending him.’
               Dr Linley Hamilton
               Lecturer in Music, Ulster University

‘Colin is a pleasure to work with. I have been impressed with the rigour, accuracy and thoroughness with which he applies his technical knowledge to his writing. His understanding of English grammar and formatting is superb, his attention to detail is impressive and he produces work with flow and readability. His writing is clear, exact and insightful. I have been impressed with Colin’s diligence and precision, and he approaches writing tasks with enthusiasm and a deep commitment to his subject. In my experience, he works strictly to deadlines and has a comprehensive and exhaustive approach to research. I would unhesitatingly recommend Colin to anyone and will use his services in the future.’
               Dr Suzanne Mackenzie
               Associate Lecturer (Social Sciences), The Open University

Selected Press Quotes For Colin’s Books:

1.      The Wheels of the World: 300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers (Jawbone Press, 2015)

‘Harper manages to draw every molecule of air out of [the pipes’] single chanter, three drones and three regulators… His depiction of [Séamus Ennis alone] is well-written, informative and heart-breaking.’
               Mel Clarke, Sunday Times

‘An exhaustive and impressive piece of research but very much what we’ve come to expect from Harper following his extensive biographies of guitarists Bert Jansch and John McLaughlin.’
               Ian Patterson, Culture Northern Ireland

‘Thoroughly engaging… written with obvious erudition and enthusiasm… this is an essential book for anyone interested in Irish music and is set to become an invaluable point of reference for future explorations.’
               Michael Quinn, Songlines

‘Organized into 16 well-focused chapters and three appendices, this weighty paperback makes for an easy read. One of Harper’s virtues as journalist with a good academic background and rock music fluid writing style is to engage you for as much and for as long as you want to settle in with the book.’
               Paul Keating, Irish Voice/Irish Central

2.      Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond (Jawbone Press, 2014)

‘A vivid portrait… Harper’s book not only does the subject justice, but is also an indispensible guide – the best yet written – to the Brit jazz scene in the 1960s...’
               Stuart Nicolson, Jazzwise

‘Harper’s treatment leaps from the page… perceptive and authoritative… A celebration of a dues-paying twilight world that is now on the verge of passing out of living memory.’
               Sid Smith, Prog

‘How Colin Harper had the mental tenacity to string together the disparate threads of music from the decades he covers is difficult to comprehend – but he pulls it off without ever being dull… An epic work by anyone’s standards.’
               Joel McIver, Record Collector

‘A revelatory work of scholarship, written with a professional historian's rigour…’
               Trevor Hodgett, Rock’n’Reel

3.      Irish Folk, Trad & Blues: A Secret History (Collins Press, 2004)

‘In short? Required reading for anyone who professes to have an interest in Irish music.’
               Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times

‘Exhaustively researched… endlessly fascinating… entertainingly and authoritatively written… undoubtedly a major achievement.’
               Neil Johnston, Belfast Telegraph

‘This is first rate and you should own a copy yesterday, I cannot recommend it highly enough. A true achievement, destined to be read time and again.’
               Simon Jones, Folk Roots

4.      Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British folk and blues revival (Bloomsbury, 2000; revised 2006; 2nd revision 2012)

‘A work of considerable importance, scholarly beyond the bounds of traditional rock biography, intuitive and informed.’ 
               * * * * Q, January 2001

‘The folk scene in which Jansch came of age has found an excellent chronicler in Colin Harper.’
               Times Literary Supplement, September 22 2000

‘Enlightening musical analysis, entertaining anecdotes and a huge amount of research, marshalled with the rigour of a professional historian.’
               Jazzwise, November 2000

‘An excellent biography... Harper’s narrative is first-rate...’
               Independent on Sunday, 2000

‘The model of what a music biography should be.’
               Irish News, August 19 2000

‘Brilliant.’
               Time Out, June 2000