Author Archives: Mel Parsons

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2018

May 16, 2018

Mel Parsons takes in over 30 shows across the USA & Canada this May/June/July, kicking off in Huntington Beach, California, and finishing up in July on the far East Coast of Canada with the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival.

If you’re in California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Ontario, or Prince Edward Island do check out Mel’s schedule for your nearest show here

January shows w/ Canada’s The East Pointers

January 19, 2018

Mel will tour this January in support of JUNO award-winning Canadian act The East Pointers, who have just released their new album ‘What We Leave Behind’. The crew will take in 6 shows together in NZ:

19th Jan – Christchurch at Blue Smoke 

21st Jan – Wellington at San Fran 

22nd Jan – Nelson at The Boathouse

23rd Jan – Golden Bay at The Mussel Inn

24th Jan – Paekakariki at St Peter’s Hall 

25th Jan – Palmerston North at The Globe Theatre

Book here:

Shows

http://eastpointers.ca

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons – NZ Tour with fabulous band

September 18, 2017

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons

Together in Concert

11 New Zealand shows this November!

Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons – a dream New Zealand tour of songs and swagger takes place over 9th – 26th November with 11 dates from north to south!

Plus1 is delighted to present Mel and Greg alongside their super-talented, hybrid band featuring: Ted Brown, Josh Logan and Jed Parsons.

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NZ TOUR DATES

Thurs 9 Nov – The Vic, Devonport – BOOK TICKETS SOLD OUT 
Fri 10 Nov – Tuning Fork, Auckland – BOOK TICKETS
Sat 11 Nov – The Vic, Devonport BOOK TICKETS EXTRA SHOW ADDED
Sun 12 Nov – (matinee) St Peters Hall, Paekakariki – BOOK TICKETS
Sun 12 Nov – (evening) Meow, Wellington – BOOK TICKETS
Wed 15 Nov – Sherwood, Queenstown – BOOK TICKETS
Thurs 16 Nov – The Cook, Dunedin – BOOK TICKETS
Fri 17 Nov – Blue Smoke, Christchurch – BOOK TICKETS
Sat 18 Nov – Naval Pt Yacht Club, Lyttelton – BOOK TICKETS
Thurs 23 Nov – Howick Club, Howick, Auckland BOOK TICKETS EXTRA SHOW ADDED
Fri 24 Nov – Totara St, Mount Maunganui – BOOK TICKETS
Sat 25 Nov – Haumoana Hall, Hawke’s Bay – BOOK TICKETS
Sun 26 Nov – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton – BOOK TICKETS

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For Mel, 2017 has been a busy year of touring New Zealand, Australia, and Europe in support of her highly acclaimed third album Drylands. She’s looking forward to wrapping up the year with this national tour – her first with Greg.

We’re going to have great fun with each other’s songs. Touring around some of my favourite NZ venues on the cusp of summer with Greg and a great band – bring it on!”

“I met Mel when she opened for me in Queenstown in 2011,” says California-based Greg. “She impressed me a lot as a wonderful songwriter and since then she’s gone from strength to strength building an audience all around the world.

“I’m sure my crowd and her’s will cross over a fair bit, while the uninitiated are in for a great night of discovery”.

Greg’s forthcoming EP Low Frequency Word will be released ahead of the tour, and will be available on CD at all shows.

Expect plenty of songwriting gems from the pair responsible for the likes of ‘Save Yourself’, ‘Isabelle’, ‘Far Away’, ‘Don’t Wait Another Day’, ‘Get Out Alive’, ‘Now The Sun Is Out’, and many more!

ACROSS THE DITCH TOUR – MEL PARSONS & LIZ STRINGER (AUS)

August 14, 2017

MEL PARSONS (NZ) & LIZ STRINGER (AUS)
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – SEPT/OCT 2017

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.

Mel Parsons is well known to NZ audiences, the award-winning songwriter tours full time from international festivals to woolsheds in our own backyard, and has her third critically acclaimed album under her belt. Parsons has played some of Australia’s finest folk festivals including Woodford, Port Fairy and The National Folk Festival in recent years.

“Exceptionally written, beautifully arranged and remarkably consistent” – The Music AU
“Captivating… impressive new material” – NZ Herald

Liz Stringer is a highly regarded songwriter and musician in her home country of Australia, who has toured internationally with a host of artists and now counts Bonnie Raitt in her ever-growing list of fans. Stringer is returning fresh from a Canadian summer tour, completing just over a year of touring to support the critically acclaimed release of her 5th studio album, “All The Bridges” in July 2016.

“Anyone recalls a Chrissie Hynde-like balance of unsettling lyrical directness and pop composure”
– Rolling Stone

“Liz Stringer has become one of the most respected singer-songwriters on the national scene”
– TheMusic.com

Parsons & Stringer kick off their trans-Tasman run in Australia on September 21st in Adelaide, running through until October 14th in Canterbury, New Zealand.

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO ALL TICKETS

TOUR DATES:

21st Sept – Adelaide, SA
22nd Sept – Adelaide, SA
23rd Sept – Melbourne, VIC
24th Sept – Beechworth, VIC
27th Sept – Maitland*, NSW
28th Sept – Lennox Head, NSW
29th Sept – Glenreagh, NSW
30th Sept – Dashville Skyline Festival**, NSW
5th Oct – Geraldine, NZ
6th Oct – Twizel, NZ
7th Oct – Queenstown, NZ
8th Oct – Wanaka, NZ
9th Oct – Okarito, NZ
10th Oct – Westport, NZ
11th Oct – Golden Bay, NZ
12th Oct – Nelson, NZ
13th Oct – Amberley, NZ
14th Oct – Hororata, NZ

*Liz only / **Mel only

 

GERMANY TOUR

Relentless touring artist Mel Parsons is back on the road with 21 solo dates through Germany this May/June. The tour kicked off on 19th May, and will be the last hurrah before Parsons settles down to work on a new record over winter. All dates http://melparsons.com/shows/

Marienburg – 19/05/17
Sonneberg – 20/05/17
Lindlar – 21/05/17
Wiesbaden – 22/05/17
Overath – 24/05/17
Kaiserslautern – 25/05/17
Nümbrecht – 26/05/17
Müllenbach – 27/05/17
Bad Neuenahr – 28/05/17
Köln – 29/05/17
Ingolstadt – 30/05/17
Bielefeld – 02/06/17
Hamm – 03/06/17
Hamm – 04/06/17
Bönen – 06/06/17
Hasbergen – 09/06/17
Halberstad – 10/06/17
Winsen – 12/06/17
Norderstedt – 13/06/17
Hamburg – 14/06/17
Flierich – 15/06/17

Australian Tour w Anika Moa

September 26, 2016

Two of New Zealand’s favourite singer-songwriters hit Australian shores this Nov/Dec, with an intimate double bill solo tour from east coast to west. Anika Moa & Mel Parsons, both multi award-winning touring artists, will be performing songs new and old, with plenty of laughs in between.

Anika Moa needs little introduction in her home country – as famous for her hilarious on-stage banter as for her phenomenal voice, Moa, whose seventh album came out this year and now has her own TV show, is bona fide kiwi music icon.

Mel Parsons is on the road to mark the Australian release of her multi-award winning latest album ‘Drylands’, out on November 4th via MGM. A relentless touring artist, Parsons spends much of her time living out of a suitcase, with recent tours in North America & Germany.

BOOK TICKETS

24 Nov – Adelaide – The Wheatsheaf
26 Nov – Melbourne – Ding Dong Lounge
27 Nov – Sydney – Djangos
30 Nov – Brisbane* – Black Bear Lodge
1 Dec – Mooloolaba – The V Room
2 Dec – Scarborough Beach – Indi Bar
4 Dec – Fremantle – Mojos

*Brisbane show is Mel Parsons + Áine Tyrrell (Anika Moa not performing this date)

North Island Woolshed Tour

After selling out the South Island back in April, Mel Parsons will once again join with actors/comedians Amelia Dunbar & Emma Newborn with their new show ‘Sons of a Bitch’ – this time touring their NZ-famous double bill show around 20 North Island woolsheds.

Sons of a Bitch’ & Mel Parsons promises an unmissable community get-together – an evening of music, theatre, and comedy, complete with a fundraising BBQ for the local school, and bar.

“A world-class, quintessentially Kiwi show full of heart and humour…guaranteed a great night out. Do NOT miss it”” – Theatreview.

Travelling by trusty horse truck (and carting a bar, 150 chairs, stage curtain, props, full production equipment and crew along for the ride) the talented trio will capture audiences once reserved for the likes of the Topp Twins, Fred Dagg, and Murray Ball, transforming working wool sheds throughout heartland New Zealand into real-life show spaces for an unforgettable night in the country.

Click HERE for more info on the tour

Click HERE to book tickets

BIG SOUND Australia

Mel will be showcasing with full band at Australia’s biggest music conference in Brisbane – 7th September at The Empire Hotel.

Canadian Tour

August & September 2016 sees Mel back touring in Canada, with a 16-date tour kicking off with Summerfolk Festival in Ontario, a performance at the Bailey Theatre in Camrose, AB, followed by a Homeroutes Tour through Manitoba & Saskatchewan. For all tour details, visit SHOWS

19 AUG – SUMMERFOLK FESTIVAL, ON
20 AUG – SUMMERFOLK FESTIVAL, ON
21 AUG – SUMMERFOLK FESTIVAL, ON
16 SEPT – CAMROSE, AB
17 SEPT – WINNIPEG, MB
18 SEPT – MINNEDOSA, MB
20 SEPT – FORT QU’APPELLE, SK
21 SEPT – BUENA VISTA, SK
22 SEPT – REGINA, SK
23 SEPT – WOLSELEY, SK
24 SEPT – BRANDON, MB
25 SEPT – WAWANESA, MB
26 SEPT – BOISSEVAIN, MB
27 SEPT – CARTWRIGHT, MB
28 SEPT – HOLLAND, MB
29 SEPT – ALTONA, MB
30 SEPT – WINNIPEG, MB
1 OCT – HNAUSA, MB

Winner – 2016 NZ Country Song of the Year

June 30, 2016

Mel Parsons has just been announced as the winner of the 2016 NZCMA Best Country Song of the Year with her song Alberta Sun. Parsons is firmly established as one of New Zealand’s great song writing talents. Last year she was a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll Award, and has twice graced the finalist list for Folk Album of the Year. Alberta Sun is from her latest album Drylands.

“Mel has crafted a deeply personal, dreamy country ballad in Alberta Sun. Relaxed and assured, it’s the sound of a song written by a song writer who knows her craft,” says APRA AMCOS’ Head of NZ Operations Anthony Healey. “A very deserving win for a song writer and performer who just seems to go from strength to strength.”

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