The day I met Nigel

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I met Nigel Parry a couple of years ago at the Aongatete Music Festival in Katikati.

At the end of the day‘s planned events, there is a jam, where musicians can join forces, sing along and perform together. It's great fun, and Nigel shared some of his originals. I was particularly taken by his song ‘Nine Pairs of Eyes' about Cook Straight whalers, and he sang it beautifully.

Nigel says he remembers singing as a child and began writing songs when still at junior school, typing them up on his Mum's Olivetti typewriter, and then “irritating my sisters by singing them in the car”.

His main instrument is guitar, although he loves to dabble with percussion and a few others including U-bass, mandolin, mandola, ukelele, and whistles. And like myself, he loves to sing harmonies with others. Nigel quips that his main instrument is really his voice because it is always with him. He is inspired to write songs by the environment, social issues, and the world around him, including New Zealand history, natural disasters, and real and imaginary people. The stories and tunes “just form in my head,” says Nigel.

A musical highlight was when he was asked to perform his song ‘When The Rain Comes' on the steps of Parliament to 10,000 people during the People's Climate March, and also playing on the main stage at Vector Arena.

Nigel now lives in Wellington, but he plans to visit Tauranga and will perform on May 12 at The Brew Craft Beer Pub, alongside Rob Whelan, LA Thompson and other NZ singer-songwriters.



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