John Parkes is an acoustic songwriter / singer based in Leeds, England.
John played in various underground indie rock bands that flirted with success over the years. Legendary DJ John Peel played something from every record John made over a period of 14 years and introduced various other DJs to his songs. He started doing solo acoustic singer- songwriter stuff in the mid noughties.
John plays various gigs, generally in the Northern half of England - quite likely to pop up as a special guest at your local acoustic night, though has recently played an odd mixture of charity gigs, public events, open mic nights and the occasional festival - playing 2 sets at Beautiful Days in Devon in 2012 for example.
Lyrical obsessions include love, longing, lust, religion, relationships, bits of politics, self examination, the meaning of life, TV, general angst and touches of black humour.
Released 2 critically acclaimed solo acoustic albums - Faithlessnessless in 2006 and Illegal Songs in 2008 before taking time out to concentrate on other things including playing in Leeds indie guitar band Whole Sky Monitor - who got picked up by Radio 1 and 6 Music leading to gigs and further CD releases including the Bland Bland Bland (2007) and Twisted Little Piggies (2010) albums.
John has been played by many DJs including Janice Long, Mark Radcliffe, Mary-Ann Hobbs, Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe; on National shows in France, Sweden, Belgium and Germany; on many regional stations around the UK and various US college radio stations.
John writes a blog which was originally intended to be mainly music related - but is actually whines and moans from everyday life - more likely to be a complaint about the local bus company and ridiculous bureaucracy than a hello from backstage.
Most recently John has been recording with Neil Ferguson (producer etc for Chumbawamba, New Model Army and various folk luminaries). This resulted in the recent Don’t be Seventeen EP and the ‘Bleeding Edge / Distant Past’ album released at the end of 2013 which resulted in a further raft of great reviews and airplay.
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