MEL PARSONS w/ special guest Julia Deans

/ Nov

MEL PARSONS w/ special guest Julia Deans

145 Gloucester St
Isaac Theatre Royal

2015 Silver Scroll finalist and Fly My Pretties star Mel Parsons brings her stellar show home to Canterbury this November for a special performance in the peerless beauty that is the newly refurbished Isaac Theatre Royal.


The show will be part of a five date spring tour taking in some of NZ’s most beautiful and iconic theatres, with Parsons accompanied by a full band performing songs and from her new and critically acclaimed third album ‘Drylands’. Parsons will be joined by Kiwi music legend Julia Deans performing a rare solo set to open the show. Deans has captivated audiences throughout her career: from fronting Fur Patrol, to co-conspirator with renowned supergroup The Adults, to sultry chanteuse in Silo Theatre’s Brel.

An engaging performer with a sharp wit and natural emotive voice, Parsons has a fan in Canadian songwriting hero Ron Sexsmith, who was impressed enough with her work to lend his voice to the poignant track ‘Don’t Wait’ from the new album. Parsons is a two-time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year, and a current finalist for the coveted APRA Silver Scroll award.

“Parsons held her large audience with a captivating set of recent work and impressive new material” – NZ Herald

“‘Drylands’ mines a songwriting seam rich in both confidence and subtlety”
– Otago Daily Times

“Parsons not only means and feels every moment here, every song, every story – her band is with her, beside her; they’re all wrapped up inside this music. It’s lovely. Really, really lovely.”
– Simon Sweetman