SATURDAY 23rd February - 1pm - 2pm - Art Beat
Well recognised as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars, Mel Parsons is a modern folk artist on the rise. Following the success of her debut record ‘Over My Shoulder’ in 2009, the Kiwi singer/songwriter and two time NZ Music Award (VNZMA)finalist for Folk Album of the Year, recently released her sophomore album ‘Red Grey Blue’ to widespread critical acclaim.
With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, Parsons built up her fan base the old fashioned way, winning over audiences on the live circuit. 2013 sees another busy year for the singer, with tours in Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany, and her native New Zealand. Parsons also joins the cast of Kiwi musical powerhouse ‘Fly My Pretties’ for the ‘Homeland Tour’ in spring 2013.
‘Red Grey Blue’ has been called “one of New Zealand’s finest releases”*, and has so far spent 16 weeks in the NZ independent album charts. Parsons is signed to Australian-based publisher Native
Tongue, and has released both of her records in NZ on Border Music & DRM. The record was released in the UK/Ireland on May 24th 2013. After a growing up in the remote rural west coast of
NZ’s South Island, the established touring artist has spent the past 10 years in the city and on the road, gleaning material from life, love and loss.