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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We went to Marburg. We made this.
Not by choice you understand.
My other site crashed splendidly so I thought I’d best conjure something up pretty sharpish.
I have just finished my new album Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird and I’m very much looking forward to it being released.
Tonetoaster Records will be releasing in throughout Europe in June but I’ll probably have one or two copies to sell in the UK before then.
Few more gigs coming in as I type so I’ll update the Gigs page when confirmed. Hope to see you all soon x