In his early years, Nigel had the opportunity to travel to Africa, India, and much of the Far East. From an early age, he was interested in writing and music, and throughout his school and university years, he began songwriting and performing live. Haunting tunes, multi-layered lyrics, and boiling emotion are just part of this Scottish singer-songwriter's presentation. Although it's not unusual for singer-songwriters to travel around the world, Nigel Parry has lived in some pretty strange and scattered parts of the world. Nigel lived from 1994 to 1998 in the Palestinian West Bank, and these places squeezed out some intense and beautiful music. After finishing a BA (Hons) in English and Psychology in London, Nigel accompanied a delegation of educators and trades unionists in August 1989 on a Friends of Birzeit University/World University Service study tour to the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip.
This period was in the middle of the first Palestinian Intifada, and this first trip signaled the beginning of an 20-year-long involvement with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle East. Nigel Parry is an activist known for his new media/Internet work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iraq war, and was awarded the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Voices of Peace award in 2003. The award was presented to the Electronic Intifada and Electronic Iraq websites he co founded "in recognition of its commitment to bringing the concerns, voices, and experiences of the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples to audiences the world over via the Internet." His 2001 album, This Side Of Paradise, is significant in that much of the material was written in the Palestinian West Bank, and the lyrical content therefore deals with the conflict. Unlike the movement to end Apartheid in South Africa, which saw many chart-topping, major label artists penning songs that addressed the obvious inequalities between black and white South Africans--including U2, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, Little Stevens, and Eddy Grant to name a few--the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a lyrical focus has remained mostly untouched by the singer-songwriter community. "Deeply moving songs... With quiet intensity, Parry gives voice to this 'invisible people' living under siege." -- Lydia Howell, KFAI Radio, 90.3/106.7FM, Twin Cities, MN. 2. Nigel Parry, rising folk artist based in New Zealand.
Nigel started songwriting around 1970. He now performs new, traditional and singer / songwriter folk music, solo and with other accomplished musicians. Hailing from the UK, Nigel was originally a rock singer and turned to folk music through friends, historical events and real ale. Moving to New Zealand, he recently returned to his music career after a 20 year break. In the last 2 years, Nigel Parry has performed in small and large folk events, bigger concerts and music venues, festivals and live on radio. In October 2013 Nigel Parry released a new studio album; Row Out to your ship of dreams. Recent reviews; “Nigel Parry is rapidly becoming an established player around Wellington, bringing his strong, mellow voice and sympathetic guitar sounds to songs old and new, traditional and his own compositions.” - Balladeer (Jul 31, 2013) “A prominent singer/guitarist with a big strong rousing voice that lends itself equally well to heartache ballads, rock & roll and sea shanties.” - Mainly Acoustic (Aug 17, 2013) “Nigel Parry’s closing set was a delight – a nicely balanced selection of songs, beautifully sung and played and enhanced by some very accomplished accompanists: Julian Ward on guitar , Philippa Boy on ocarina and hurdy gurdy, and Niels Gedge and Sue Rose on backing vocals.
James Taylor’s ‘Millworker’ got an airing, and Alan Taylor’s ‘Roll On the Day’, but the highlights for me were Nigel’s own songs. ‘Ship of Dreams’, with Julian’s harp-like guitar backing had its first public performance and ‘The Road is Long’ was given the full, rich a cappella treatment. I can see that one becoming an old friend..” - Acoustic Routes (Sep 01, 2013) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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