Join two of Australasia’s indie-folk darlings on a journey of music & story – sharing songs from their back catalogues along with select southern hemisphere favourites that have helped shape them as artists.
Both performers have distinctive voices, a story-telling bent and a dry humour that will have audiences laughing & crying, not necessarily in that order.
“Liz Stringer has become one of the most respected singer-songwriters on the national scene”
“I am a big fan of Liz Stringer – and you can tell her that!”
– Bonnie Raitt
At sixteen Liz Stringer went to Germany where she cut her performing teeth. She returned to Melbourne, went to her local high school, and began to write more and more songs. After she finished high school she went back to Germany, picked up the band where they’d left it, borrowed a black Fender Stratocaster and a Bassman amp, secured a rehearsal studio in a World War II bunker and rehearsed religiously over the next three years. They played a few gigs and had a lot of fun. Then she went to England. To follow love, and obtain enough work to sustain her continuing life in Europe. She learned how to barkeep, she wrote more and more songs, played some solo shows and began to focus on the acoustic guitar again.
2003 she was back in Melbourne. And by 2006 had made her first album, “Soon” with her best mate, drummer Adam May. She’s now released 5 albums; her 5threcorded in Portland,Oregon. She wanted adventure again. She needed it. And she also fell in love. With Canada. So she started to plant roots and now she has a record deal and a bunch of beautiful friends there. She also gets back to her mob in Germany as often as she can.
She’s toured around Australia perpetually for years. She’s played every major festival. She’s revered by her musical peers for her inherent musical talent and low tolerance for bullshit. She neither has, nor wants, industry attention and validation. She’s a musician. It’s pretty simple, really.
Well recognised as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars, indie-folk singer songwriter Mel Parsons‘ star is on the rise. Parsons third full length album ‘Drylands” was released to critical acclaim, and the last 18 months have seen her continuing her international and domestic touring which included performances at WOMAD, Woodford Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International in the US and Byron Bay Bluesfest. Since its release, ‘Drylands’ has spent 11 weeks in the IMNZ charts peaking at No 2.
Parsons is a two-time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year; Winner of the 2016 NZCMA Country Song of the Year; Winner of the 2016 MMF award for Best Independent Tour; A finalist for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll award in 2015; and ‘Drylands’ won the NZ Music Award in technical category for Best Engineer (Lee Prebble, Oliver Harmer).
With a wide breadth of material, Parsons has a dynamic songwriting range: from the gutsy & rhythmic hand-clappers like audience favourite ‘Far Away’, through to pin-drop ballads like ‘Don’t Wait’, featuring Canadian songwriting royalty Ron Sexsmith
With a dynamic live show, Parsons is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story.
“Exceptionally written, beautifully arranged and remarkably consistent” – The Music AU
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