by Greta Yeoman
Award-winning New Zealand folk musician Mel Parsons is set to play in Geraldine next month.
Parsons will perform at the Lodge Theatre on October 20 as part of her Glass Heart album tour.
Although the album was released late last year, she has not toured widely in support of her fourth LP.
Glass Heart, which was a finalist in the 2019 Taite Music Prize, was produced by American producer Mitchell Froom, who has worked with a wide variety of high-profile musicians including Suzanne Vega, New Zealand’s own Crowded House, Missy Higgins and Randy Newman, as well as co-producing the joint album by Fleetwood Mac vocalists Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.
Parsons, who has previously toured as part of the woolshed act The Bitches’ Box, has been a prolific tourer of New Zealand over the past decade, a feat which also prompted her win of the Music Managers Forum award for best independent tour in 2016.
Parsons last performed in Geraldine in 2017, alongside Australian singer-songwriter Liz Stringer.
The pair played in Twizel during that tour, and Parsons also performed in Twizel in 2014 as part of an Arts On Tour show.
Her third album Drylandswon the best engineer award for Lee Prebble and Oliver Harmer in 2015, and she was a finalist for the Silver Scroll award in the same year for her song Get Out Alive
Parsons’ debut album, Over My Shoulder (2009), and Red Grey Blue (2011) were both finalists for the Folk Album of the Year, while the single Alberta Sun from Drylands won the New Zealand Country Music Awards Best Song in 2016.
Her band for Glass Heart was made up of Froom on keys, bass player Kaveh Rastegar – who has worked with Sia and Bruno Mars and plays bass for John Legend – and guitarist Adam Levy, who is a former member of Norah Jones’ band and also played on albums by Tracy Chapman and Ani DiFranco.
Parsons will also perform in Oamaru on October 19.