|31st October – Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club (Hyde Park Folk Festival)|
|20th November – Keighley – The Exchange (LAMMAS FAIR ALBUM LAUNCH) Ticket Link: https://shop.exchangearts.co.uk/shop/product/henry-parker-album-launch-w-andy-horn-20-11-21-746|
|10th December – Bourne (Lincolnshire) – Morton New Day Church [Tickets from Richard Wells 07740 026189]|
|11th December – Kirkby Malham – Kirkby Malham Parish Church [Tickets from John Newby firstname.lastname@example.org]|
|20th January – Sheffield – Crookes Folk Club|
|29th January – London – The Harrison|
|17th February – Saltaire – Caroline Street Social Club (Supporting Fuzzy Lights)|
|18th February – Huddersfield – Northern Quarter|
|20th March – Queensbury – Black Dyke Mills|
With his eco-conscious debut album ‘Silent Spring’, Henry Parker laid down a new sound for modern folk music, drawing deep from the well of the sixties and seventies revival. His style is a clear joining of the past and the present, a unique voice in the folk world that echoes with sounds of the tradition, whilst venturing beyond, into the realms of modern folk-rock and psych.
A devoted guitarist since childhood, Henry Parker’s musical roots go back to a self appointed upbringing in rock and heavy metal, yet, at the age of 20, paths were taken that led him adrift. Soon enthralled by the ethereal playing of Bert Jansch and Nick Drake; finger-picking and open tunings rapidly became the essence of his sound. Coupled with a love for his immediate moorland surroundings of West Yorkshire, we are presented with a strain of informed and progressive folk music found nowhere else.
Having spent the past 5 years playing headline concerts and supporting many of his musical heroes, including Michael Chapman, Wizz Jones and Bridget St John, Henry Parker’s 2nd album ‘Lammas Fair’ brings him closer to the forefront of the progressive folk music world.
Heralded by Prog Magazine and Folk Radio alike it is in this latest release that Parker has evolved a style that is distinctly his, a meeting between 60s and 70s folk music, the northern moorland landscape and the heavy metal background of his childhood.
“Original material and traditional songs create an immersive and mellifluous world in which both the peace and isolation of nature are unfurled evoked through subtle arrangements” – Lammas Fair review Prog Magazine
“Focussing on the seasons is an eternal feature of English folk music and the tradition is well tended here.” – Lammas Fair album review Shindig!
“Channelling the ghosts of Jansch and Renbourn through his fingertips, the fluid playing and emotive singing of Yorkshire-born Henry Parker evokes the spirit of the early-60’s folk revival as if it were yesterday.” – Silent Spring review RnR Magazine ★★★★★
“Precision guitar playing…effortless use of loop pedals, nice to see an unsigned folk musician playing to such a high level” – Live review (supporting Lau) FATEA
“A really excellent young guitarist/ songwriter” – Steve Tilston
Photo credit: Katie Spencer (colour) Toby Hay (black & white)
- Lammas Fair Album Review: Prog Magazine [2021 – Sid Smith]
- Lammas Fair Album Review: Shindig! [2021 Duncan Fletcher]
- RnR Feature [2020 Nicholas John]
- Silent Spring Album Review RnR [2019 Nicholas John]