Gig: Ian Parker – Kings Head, Carlisle – 09 Jun 2011

Posted on: Monday, Jun 6, 2011

Ian Parker

Kings Head, Carlisle

09 Jun 2011

Fans of singer songwriter Ian Parker have the chance to watch, listen and perhaps meet the Midlands based maestro in the intimate surroundings of the courtyard in the Kings Head in Carlisle on Thursday (June 9th). He returns to Carlisle after a long absence to perform numbers from his new album ‘The Bare Bones’ which was released in March.

The release of ‘The Bare Bones signifies a break with the electric guitar driven blues based music he was performing on his last visit to the city to an acoustic roots style with the emphasis on the vocal delivery and emotional content of the songs he performs.

Parker’s career took off in 2003 when he signed to leading Blues distributor Ruf records. His music was identified by his distinctively expressive guitar style and this led over the next few years to tours of Europe and the USA to promote his albums including ‘Inside’, ‘Whilst the Wind’ and also live albums and DVD. With the release of the acclaimed ‘Where I Belong’ in 2007 Parker was by now firmly entrenched within the mainstream Blues music fold but the album betrayed an obvious roots influence and the following year saw him make a break with his past, write new songs and forge ahead with a new musical identity.

He spent 2008 songwriting and eventually released the album ‘Demons and Doubters’ which declared his new musical direction. As a songwriter, Ian is an original craftsman. He expresses himself through a distinctive bitter-sweet vocal delivery strongly supported by his still obviously blues influenced guitar work. His songs hold nothing back and he shares with his audience an almost brutal naked honesty and genuine emotion which is what sets him apart as a performer. His new acoustic set strives to please not just the fans of his trademark blues ‘licks’ but those who appreciate the emphasis being firmly on the songs and their expressive and intimate content.

The summer gigs being held in the atmospheric venue at the rear of the Kings Head are continuing to attract an enthusiastic audience keen to appreciate good music and good beer. Entry to this event costs £3 with tickets available from the bar in the Kings Head. The support for the evening which begins at 8.30 is 13 Stars who has also just released an excellent new album which will be available on the night.

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