17.5 C
Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

Parsons putting instincts to work with his guitar

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Thousands of sober stoners march for drug law reform in Nimbin

Nimbin HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said he was surprised at the high turn-out, given a heavy police presence on streets surrounding the rainforest village.

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news, like, this afternoon (April 20), that 370+ kilos of tuna...

Mandy Nolan

Melbourne-via-Brisbane singer-songwriter, Dan Parsons, has released a new single ‘I’ll Live and I’ll Die’ and headed off around the country on a co-headline tour with friend and fellow troubadour, Steve Grady. He plays Wednesday 6 May at the Rails in Byron Bay.

When did you start playing? Why?

I started playing music when I was eleven years old – my parents bought me a set of drums and that was it, really. I was hooked. The reason I wanted to play was more instinctual than anything else; I was always tapping rhythm and singing as a kid so to put me behind an instrument that allowed me to express that further was the catalyst. Guitar came later when I turned 16.

How and when did you decide that you wanted to play music for a living?

I decided to play music for living around 6 years ago. Deciding to do it and actually doing it are pretty different and can change hugely depending on the week. I really can’t do anything else, so I suppose it’s music or the certain ditch.

DanParsonsWhat would you call your genre of music?

Why? It’s essentially a mix of folk, country and Rock’n’Roll. Alt-Country is what they’re calling it, I believe. Maybe Green Rock’n’Roll? It certainly isn’t rock music – singer-songwriter is the format.

Have you played any different types of music?

Not really, I mainly play stylistically within the aforementioned genres.

Tell me about your music writing process.

I just sit down with my guitar and a cup of coffee occasionally and see if anything just tumbles out. Melodies and chords come first and if I’m lucky a lyric might come out simultaneously and set the mood for what the rest of the tune might end up being about. Doesn’t always happen this way, it’s just the most common.

What are some goals you’d like to achieve with your new album?

Some radio play, more touring, playing with a band sounds like fun to me.

With just a voice and guitar, Dan Parsons sings intimate songs of failed love, great love, missing home and the intricacies and anxieties of the human experience.

See it all come to life when Parsons hits the road with Steve Grady in May and hits The Rails in Byron Bay Wednesday 6 May. 

 

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.