This site too slow? Try a mirror  --  Subscribe to the Guide  --  Find artist:
the Ectophiles' Guide: * Guide Home* What's new* * Alphabetical* Genre* Commentator* Location* Random artist* Search* Contact the editors* Credits

Evalyn Parry


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Contemporary folk

Status:

Most recent release, Spin (c. 2011)

See also:

Evalyn Parry's site

Comparisons:

Two Nice Girls, Meryn Cadell, Christine Lavin

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Evalyn Parry balances humorous and serious topics well in her music. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:


things that should be warnings

Release info:

2001—Ponygirl Records (Toronto, Canada)—PG004D

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Evalyn Parry—lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, flute, ango concertina, the DD9

Guest artists:

Trevor Mills—acoustic guitar, electric bass
Shelley Coopersmith—fiddle
Morgan Phillips—electric bass
Doug Morris—harmonica

Produced by:

Suzanne Nuttall

Comments:

Evalyn Parry's first album balances weighty topics with humorous songs well. In that she reminds me of Two Nice Girls and Meryn Cadell. She has a lovely voice and she uses it well. The hilarious "Gay Rover" is a song in the old folk tradition with a gay twist. The spoken word "Hunger" is very affecting. Parry exposes the modern woman's fight against ideal images well. "I refuse to come in a convenient size" she says. "Just another song about love" is that, and we will always need those. Its jazzy feel is great. A very nice debut in all. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Unreasonable

Release info:

2003—Outspoke—OS001D

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Evalyn Parry—vocals, guitar, ango concertina

Guest artists:

Brad Hart—drums, percussion, vocals
George Koller—upright bass
Ken Whiteley—guitar, banjo, organ, vibraphone, percussion, electric bass, piano, lap steel, backing vocals
Trevor Mills—electric bass
Claire Jenkins—vocals
Marilyn Lern—piano
Roman Borys—cello
Colleen Allen—alto and soprano saxophone
Davide Direnzo—drums
Oliver Schroer—electric and acoustic fiddle
Suzie Vinnick—electric green bass, vocals

Produced by:

Ken Whiteley

Comments:

The second album is just as good as the first. We get more personal reflections on the state of the world and more thoughts on love. The critical "Canada dreams of California" is a fairly straightforward folk song with gorgeous singing. The title echoes a song by Dar Williams. "Always" is an irresistible cabaret style song from the perspective of a maxi pad. That's unusual and fascinating fare. "Profit in the Margins" questions the nation's sudden interest in the "Gay market" with abandon and wit. It's another special album by this new artist. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell work on this entry.

Why the ads?
the Ectophiles' Guide: * Guide Home* What's new* * Alphabetical* Genre* Commentator* Location* Random artist* Search* Contact the editors* Credits

DISCLAIMER: Comments and reviews in the Ectophiles' Guide are excerpted from the ecto mailing list or volunteered by members of the list. They are the opinions of music enthusiasts, not professional music critics.

Entry last updated 2012-05-15 20:44:09.
Please request permission if you wish to
reproduce any of the comments in the
Ectophiles' Guide in any context.

The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music is copyright © 1996-2004 by the editors.
Individual comments are copyright © by their authors.
Web site design and programming copyright © 1998-2004 usrbin design + programming.
All rights reserved.