DBTR is first and foremost about discovering new music, tuning into emerging artists and then convincing them to come and do their thing here in the North East. That’s not to say we don’t like the good old stuff, it’s just that we strongly believe innovative up-and-coming artists deserve to be heard. Case in point, Henry Parker who will be with us at Claypath Deli in Durham City and The Engine Room, North Shields on the 12th and 13th of November respectively.
Henry had sent me a copy of his album Lammas Fair back in January and on first listen I knew it was special. No surprises then that the music press had been all over this album when it was released a year ago – 8/10 in Uncut, 4 stars from MOJO and comparisons made to the likes of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake and one of my favourite contemporary guitar players Ryley Walker.
These influences are clear but on reading the aforementioned Uncut review (below) you realise over the years he’s immersed himself in all kinds of music ranging from metal to psychedelic folk but maybe it’s Folk Radio UK who sum it up nicely – ‘There is a lush folk-rock sound from the opening bars of Henry Parker’s Lammas Fair – cymbal splashes and an evocative guitar that splits the difference between Richard Thompson and the Byrds. But while the sounds betray a certain nostalgia for the late-60s golden age, the songwriting is all Parker’s own.’
I love this album and I jumped at the chance to book Henry for these two gigs, I hope you can join us.