Parsons happy to hit the small time

Last updated 12:11 05/12/2013

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Modern folk artist Mel Parsons has spent 10 years building up her fan base the old-fashioned way, touring the country and winning hearts on the live circuit.

The busy singer-songwriter is fresh from touring with collaborative supergroup Fly My Pretties' Homeland Tour, and also performed at the Nelson Arts Festival in October with hit comedy The Bitches' Box. This year has also seen her touring in Australia, Germany, the UK, and Ireland.

She'll be back in Nelson next Thursday and in Golden Bay next Saturday on a whistle-stop solo tour of small venues in the south, including Blenheim and her native West Coast.

Her tour coincides with the release of two new tracks: a new song on the Fly My Pretties' Homeland Recordings album, and a release from Serpico and Funk'n'Slocuts with dance remixes of Parsons' song Damage, from her acclaimed second album Red Grey Blue.

Equally at home as a solo performer or fronting her band, Parsons is a two-time Tui Award finalist known for "pin-drop" performances - drawing in her audience and keeping them entranced all night.

In this latest tour, she says she's looking forward to stripping back her sound. She'll be playing songs from her back catalogue as well as road-testing new material before getting back into the studio.

  • Mel Parsons, The Free House, December 12, 7.30pm. Tickets $20 from Eventfinder.co.nz or $25 on the door; and Saturday December 14, 8pm, The Mussel Inn, tickets $20 from Eventfinder.co.nz or venue.

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