Author Archives: Nigel Parry Music

About Nigel Parry Music

Described by a radio presenter as; 'one of the finest traditional folk artists in NZ', Nigel Parry's unique mix of singer / songwriter, traditional and early folk music relies heavily on his vocal arrangements. Hailing from the UK, he was originally a rock singer and turned to folk music through friends, historical events and real ale. Nigel now lives near Wellington and in the last 4 years has performed at folk events and music venues around New Zealand, festivals and live on radio and in the UK, France and Canada.

“Meet in the dining room at 1pm. Bring shoes.”

“Meet in the dining room at 1pm. Bring shoes.” And that was the start of something very special. Actually it started a day or so before. I didn’t quite know what to expect going to the 2018 Outland sessions, but … Continue reading

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Original Song Award Winner – Ship of Dreams

It’s an odd feeling. I wasn’t going to enter, then I was persuaded. I never expected to win. That evening, hosted in a big RSA, there was a long list of entrants, a panel of judges and an eager audience. … Continue reading

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Three Danish Galleys – and a bit of a Tease

A few years ago, on the campsite of a historical re-enactment festival in the south of England, my mate Dave came up to me with an obscure tome in hand. I had just been performing some middle ages music. “What … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Song – In the Dawn

It’s that wonderful, soft, warm feeling when you wake next to your special someone. And slowly, gently, one thing leads to another…   In the Dawn The softness of your skin The cool morning whispers And the touch in your … Continue reading

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She Moved Through the Fair

I first discovered this haunting song on an album by a band calls All About Eve. Loved it ever since, so on my return to folk music a few years ago I started singing it again, with a newly developed … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Song – Ship of Dreams

Go out to your ship of dreams Time to leave the shore Row out to your ship of dreams Don’t stand there waiting for your ship of dreams for ever more If you have a song, A song you’d like … Continue reading

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Music for a cause – telling a little story

Following the huge 7.8 earthquake near Kaikoura, the local folk music community rallied round. And you can help too. Continue reading

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Did the first line of a song ever grab you? ….

Some songs grab you with a catchy, singalong chorus, some with a great instrumental break (would Gerry Rafferty’s career be the same without the sax on Baker Street?) You listen, soak them up, eventually hum along with a mix of … Continue reading

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What Goes on Tour… – a story of band logistics

When Ed Force One thudded onto the runway at Christchurch Airport a few weeks ago, it wasn’t just the pilot that was unusual. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson was at the controls, while the hold contained all the gear for Iron … Continue reading

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The story behind the song – We Be Soldiers Three

A few hundred years ago, Holland (and Belgium for that matter), were not united, but ruled by Spain. As the low countries moved to Protestantism (Spain was deeply catholic, and home of – Monty Python fans would know this – … Continue reading

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