Home again…

Hi. Just home from a glorious tour with Gaz Brookfield and Ben Wain. It was so much fun and I had the pleasure of making so many new friends. We have about 7 weeks off and then we hit the road together again, this time overseas. During the last tour I sold many of the new T-shirts which have this design on them

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I have some left so I’ve added them to the online shop over there —->

In other news I’m delighted to say that I’ve started work on a new album which will hopefully be available by the end of the year.

See you soon

Cheers Nick x

 

Happy New Year

Hi all, Sorry for the delay in updating. Hope you had wonderful Christmasses and delightful New Years. I have been busy touring and discovering new countries (they had already been discovered but I’d not been before). One was Sweden where a drummer Marcus Carter, from one of my teenage influences ‘Newcranes’ organised a few gigs for me. Sweden was very ace and I can’t wait to return there someday soon.

The other place I finally got to play was Dublin. Been there twice since my last post and it was all I hoped it would be. Got to meet so many lovely and inspirational people. Again looking forward to going back there again soon.

The first part of this year I’ll be mainly touring with Gaz Brookfield and Ben Wain. We will be doing the UK in Feb and Germany in April as we did last year. It would be lovely to see some of you at one or two of the shows (which are on the ‘Gigs’ page).

There are also a few more songs currently being created so there may well be another record coming out by the end of the year.

Cheers Nick x

 

Summer’s Here

Hi, Thanks for stopping by. Welcome to June. I have just returned from a couple of weeks in Germany where I met lots of lovely people. The gigs were – for the most part – good fun and the currywurst was more than impeccable. I write this post when I should *actually* be packing the car for a week or so at Glastonbury Festival. I’m playing there with the False Alarms on Friday 26th June at the Avalon Cafe at 7.30pm. It would be lovely to see some of you there. We’ll be playing on the Thursday evening too but venue is yet to be confirmed.
July and August are mainly free from gigs which is lovely as I really need to write a few more songs. There will be a few of course and the dates will be posted on the gigs tab because that’s how the Internet works. Take care folks and hope to see you soon. x

New Video!

I met a guy in Amsterdam who had just discovered his girlfriend of six weeks was a lady of the night. I thought I’d write a song about it.
We filmed it in a river and in a delightful bar called Sudhaus in Marburg, Germany during a band tour in July 2014. I say we, it was pretty much Björn Gerhold and Dominik Brandtönies who did all the tricky stuff.

Keeping up with the Parkers

Hi, Apologies for being so rubbish at keeping this bloggy thing up to date.
I have just returned from 11 gigs in Europe with Gaz Brookfield and Ben Wain. We had an incredible amount of fun. Since I last wrote however I have also had a tour in Latvia, a holiday in Wales and a band tour in Germany. I’m currently trying to write a few new songs and also trying to sort out a load more gigs for the summer. I wrote a song about my favourite place in Germany. It’s called Marburg and Gaz and I will be recording it in the next few weeks. We’ve been confirmed for Glastonbury Festival too and details of this will be posted once we’re allowed to tell people. Hope to see some of you on the road before long. Cheers Nick x

Happy New Year

Anyway. Enough of that.

So yeah 2015. I’m quite excited about it all to tell the honest. Last year I enjoyed 8 European tours and countless (actually quite countable – just can’t be bothered) gigs at various festivals and venues in the UK. I released my second record ‘Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird’ which I’m still very excited about. We made some videos on tour too, one is out there and the other is in the editing stage.

I’m currently concentrating on applying for festivals in the UK so I’ll post them on the gigs page if any get confirmed. I’m also doing my first joint solo tour in Europe in April with the delightful Gaz Brookfield. His fiddle player Ben Wain will be coming along too and has promised to learn a song or two of mine.

Right, I’d love to bang on but these gigs ain’t gonna book themselves.

Cheers. Hope to see you soon x

 

Sorry it’s been so long…

Hello you beautiful humans, Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Life got in the way.

Since I last posted I have had a lovely time in Latvia, a glorious time in Croatia, a splendid time in Slovenia and had a few nights off going to comedy shows and gigs, the most inspirational of which was Bob Mould in Bristol which took me back to my yoof.

I am currently putting the finishing touches to a solo tour in Germany in December which I’m looking forward to loads. Also got a few exciting gigs coming up which you can find on the GIGS tab above. I’ve also been busy writing and making videos which will be posted as soon as they’re ready. Hope to see you sometime soon. Cheers Nick x

Latvia – I’ve missed you.

Hi, I’m very excited to be returning to Latvia again next week. It will be my 6th visit and I can’t wait to see you all again. Now where has that phrase book gone…

I’ll be in Taka, Riga on Wednesday 1st, Fontaine palace on Thursday 2nd, Melno Cepurīšu Balerija on Friday 3rd and Dad Cafe on Saturday 4th October. Nothing planned yet for the Sunday but maybe something low-key will come up.  See you there x

Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird

Recorded during the winter-that-never-really-was of 2014, in various homes and studios around the south west of England, Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird is the long-awaited second full-length offering by singer songwriter Nick Parker. Always slightly tongue-in-cheek – perhaps originating from the same ‘How to write lyrics’ book that’s been next to Loudon Wainwright III’s toilet for the last 40 years – the songs range from the super-serious: ‘The Conjuror’ and ‘Something Someone Said’, through the semi-sensible: ‘Oceanographer’ and Could We At Least Try?’ to the downright daft: ‘Terry and June’ and ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’. For the record, Nick has enlisted the help of his band ‘The False Alarms’ and a bunch of other friends armed with drums, bass, fiddles, various guitars, harmonicas, accordions, keys, trumpets, flutes, banjos and mandolins to add colour to his songs. Although generally a folky/country affair Angry Pork occasionally borrows from the new and old skool of synth technology, most notably on the soothing “Come On! Jump Over Your Shadow” which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Björk record.

Could We At Least Try?
I met a guy at a bar in Amsterdam. He was a bit down. He’d just discovered that his girlfriend of 6 weeks was a prostitute. This song is how I saw the ensuing conversation going. It’s about trying to get on in relationships even when there are good reasons not to.
Jerusalem
From time to time I struggle to write songs. This is a song about not being able to write songs. Jerusalem is a famous hymn which was probably not written in a day, although the jury is still out on that one.
Oceanographer
This is a song about trying to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and finding a place to spend quality time with the one you love.
Never Been To Dublin
All the music I listened to growing up (and most of what I still listen to) has its roots in Ireland and the busy music scene in Dublin. This song is a nod in the general direction of some of the artists that have inspired me – including quotes from some of their songs. Visiting Dublin is on my ‘To Do’ list.
Come On! Jump Over Your Shadow
This song is based on the German phrase ‘Mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge’, and it’s about touring and being so happy to make new friends, but also the sadness of having to leave for the next town the next morning.
Something Someone Said
After meeting a girl in Berlin who was very unhappy about the way she looked, I was inspired to write this song from the point of view of the mirror in her room, with her entering the room being the highlight of my day.
Tom, Dick and Harry (Ode to the Open Mic part II)
On my first album I had a song about the dark side of the Open Mic night. This is basically a sequel. A collection of some pretty daft things I’ve heard on a Tuesday night. No musicians were harmed in the writing of this song.
The Conjuror
Inspired by a film I saw a while back, this is a song about finding that one person who is so perfect in every way that they make you want to break all the rules to be with them.
Terry and June
Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words to tell someone you want to be with them. Terry and June has a few ideas for you.
Another Journey Home
A tour story song that usually rears its head at the end of gigs as a kind of farewell.