A devoted guitarist from the West Yorkshire town of Bingley, Henry Parker plays with an intricate finger-picking style that brings to mind the late 60’s folk, psych and progressive rock scenes, with influence drawn from the likes of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, Pentangle and Fairport Convention. His songwriting lyrically entwines landscapes, people and politics with roots that run deep into the traditional folk songs of England.
After spending his teenage years playing in heavy bands and his early twenties self-releasing various folk demos, cassettes and live CD’s Henry Parker, 25 has now taken a bold move onto the wider folk scene with the release of his debut album Silent Spring.
Produced by David Crickmore, well known for his work with Steve Tilston and Pete Coe, and featuring the wood-wind talents of Theo Travis from prog-rock legends Soft Machine, Silent Spring is an album of modern folk music, infused with the spirit of the genre’s progressive and occasionally psychedelic past.
With hundreds of gigs played in his four years of live, predominantly solo, performance, and having supported the likes of Michael Chpaman, Bridget St John and Wizz Jones, Henry Parker seems destined to carry on the role taken up by these original troubadours.
“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.” ★★★★★ – RnR
‘Silent Spring’ has the same languid guitar and jazzy percussion, the whole thing shimmers like Tim Buckley, with Henry’s electric guitar flourishes sounding very ‘Blue Afternoon’ ★★★★★ – Northern Sky
“As an album, Silent Spring may be built on and around the folk-infused music of fifty years ago but its message is very much for today. Henry Parker is clearly an excellent guitarist and writer, but he has also not lost sight of the message. He has found his path. Let us walk that way as well. Excellent.“ – Folk Radio UK
“10 tracks on which the Yorkshire-based musician displays his guitar virtuosity and confident song-craft” ★★★★ – SHINDIG! MAGAZINE
With Silent Spring Parker knows how to translate the psychfolk of the past particularly beautifully into this time. One of the most impressive debuts of the year. ★★★★ – Heaven Magazine (NL)
“This is very much an acoustic album, but Parker is not afraid to blend in a more progressive feel, nor should he be. This album is a fine piece of work.” – FATEA
“Like a wistful ramble through the English countryside – it is sometimes calm and introspective, other times dark and heavy, but always sincere and true to its kind.” – MOOF Magazine
“Henry has managed to encapsulate the sound of fifty years ago with new songs and a new ear.” – Folking.com
“A really excellent young guitarist/ songwriter” – Steve Tilston
“Bloody Excellent” – Wizz Jones