The Jam Gallery - Saturday April 12th
A great new music space has opened up in Sydney along Oxford St, and Doug will be performing there on Saturday April the 12th. More information can be found on these links, and there are a number of booking options to secure tickets.
Website - The Jam Gallery
1. Online Booking - Moshtix Booking Page.
2. In one of our retail outlets. Click here for locations.
3. Over the phone by calling 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
4. Using your smart phone. www.moshtix.com.au
Jam Gallery is a multi-purpose music venue, gallery space, bar and eatery set to breathe new life into the Eastern Suburbs from October 2013.
They are a custom built venue, kitted out with an over-specced SLS system and with an immense capacity for transformation to cater for all manners of creative events.
General Enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org
The fine people at the Jam Gallery have been kind enough to provide us with a sample menu, so you can have a peruse at what you may be able to enjoy if you purchase tickets to Doug's gig. Click on the graphic for an enlarged version, or follow the links below.
Jam Gallery Sample Menu - JPEG
Jam Gallery Sample Menu - PDF
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Hi Everyone, Its been a while since my last communication and a lot has happened. No excuses. Part busy, part laziness.
Most recently its been a time of head down and bum up and quite a bit of illness. I just got back from a three day tour which included Wellers restaurant in Melbourne on Thursday 6th (full house, great audience and wonderful food), Albury SS&A Club on Friday 7th and Mulwala Water Ski Club on Saturday 8th March. Both Club gigs were successful and we had good crowds at both. Mulwala especially, where they were celebrating a long weekend festival which has become an annual event. They sure love a good time in Mulwala! Mulwala is a 1 hour drive from Albury down the Murray River. The thing that amuses me is crossing the river via the bridge in downtown Mulwala. You start from one side in Victoria and end up in New South Wales at the other. Different post codes still confusing me as I write.
I must explain something before I go any further. When Iím in Victoria I play with a bunch of local musicians and bring my regular guitarist David Longo with me. These guys go unnoticed most of the time, but youíll find them on all the major events from Corporate to the Melbourne Carols. They are much in demand on recording sessions and are regarded as the best in their field. Gerry Pantazis-drums, Phil Turcio-keys and Gavin W. Pearce on bass. What a band!
One thing almost ruined the three days however and it really spooked me. I became very ill with an ugly throat infection and was left almost speechless. I struggled at sound check in Albury and almost cancelled the show, but my tour manager whisked me off to Emergency at the Albury hospital and a great young doctor put me on some powerful medication (cortizone I think). I was really sick in Mulwala and really struggled. Saw my own Doc when I got back and he put me on Anti-biotics (two). Together with the cortisone I was pretty messed up for two weeks and spent a lot of time in bed. Just coming good now. I have been so lucky not to have had issues with my voice. Somehow it just keeps going. But to not have it at my command when Iím doing a show is the most frustrating and scary feeling. Any of you singers out there know what I mean.
Anyway, on to more pleasant things. On Thursday 13th appeared at the Australian Institute Of Music and did two mini shows in front of a lot of very lively and appreciative school kids interested in a career in music. Had to answer questions about a music career. There was a lot I wanted to say, but of course couldnít. Donít want to dampen enthusiasm. That will come soon enough!
I attended the 16th Annual Australian Club Entertainment Awards Night on Wednesday 19th at Souths Juniors and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Wow! What a wonderful surprise. I feel so grateful and honored to have been given the award. And then to my amazement also won the Original Music Performer of the year, winning from some old pals Daryl Braithwaite, Brian Cadd, Jon English, Glenn Shorrock and John Paul Young. I never win awards. It felt unusual. But so nice. Thanks to all who voted for me.
Finally, Iím playing at a relatively new venue in Sydney on Saturday April 12th. Its called The Jam Gallery and the owners have invested a lot of money on the room. Apparently its beautiful and everything, including sound and lights, is state of the art. I will have my wonderful colleagues with me, Leon Gair-bass, Gordon Rytmeister-drums, David Longo-guitar and Stefan Nowak-keys and brings me back to the Eastern Suburbs where Iíve had a lot of fun in the past. But mostly Iím excited to announce a very special guest appearing with us, recently from The Voice. Lauren Dawes, a stunning young lady in every way. Beautiful young singer.
Thatís about it for now. Hope you are all happy and well. Look forward to saying hello at a gig somewhere soon. Love and best wishes always,
Doug Parkinson on Soundcloud:
This track is called "Let Slepping Dogs Lie" from the "Heartbeat to Heartbeat" album, also featuring none other than one of Australia's greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel.
Beatles Back 2 Back:
Some reviews in from the Beatles Back 2 Back shows at the Opera House.
Australian Stage review - click here.
The Aureview article - click here.
Photo credit: Australian Stage
"No-one before or since has mastered the art of crafting a three minute piece of music into an emotional, unique experience." Doug Parkinson
Doug Parkinson on Soundcloud:
We are going to start streaming some of Doug's back catalogue and live tracks on a new Soundcloud account. We'll rotate them through on this website, but feel free to add them to your own Soundcloud playlist, and of course share with others via social media. We hope to have some more material available for sale on Itunes and CD shortly.
This track is called "As Soon As Your Thing Is Done" from the "I'll Be Around" album, also featuring none other than one of Australia's greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel.
Currently Doug's Somewhere After Midnight album is happily back in stock, for those that have been asking. Please visit the Store Page to order. Free shipping throughout Australia.
For those that previously haven't bought the album, Somewhere After Midnight is a beautiful and modern reworking of some timless classics, with a strong jazz feel, and stunning playing by Doug's amazing band.
"Hi Everyone. I just got home from a busy, but most enjoyable, two days of shows in Adelaide. We played Stonyfell Winery, dinner & show over the two nights and I have to say the Adelaide crowds who attended were just great. I met some really nice people after the show, had photos taken and generally had a lovely time. Chatted with a couple of S.A media legends John Pemberton and Paul Makin. Great guys, lotta fun and theyíre still looking good. Shows you what abstinence and a clean lifestyle can do for you. Yeah sure!
Most remarkable thing about the shows was the band. I brought two old friends (and gun musicians) Gordon Rytmeister on drums, and the amazing Leon Gaer, genius bass player, formerly from the U.S. who now lives in Sydney. Lucky us! But the icing on the cake was the other two guys who made up the band. Both living and working in Adelaide. Paul White on keys with a beautiful Hammond Organ setup that reminded me of my early days with the Questions. Boy, there was some Dťjŗ vu flying Ďround that stage. And guitarist James Muller, formerly from Sydney, who did my head in. Iíve been so lucky during my working life to have played with some of the greatest axe men in the land. This was my first taste of the James Muller experience. Hairs on the back of your head stuff. Anyway, it was a great two days and I look forward to doing it again in the new year.
I have a few Sydney dates coming up soon you might be interested in. Iím back for a show at Pittwater RSL on December 7th and Iíll catch up with a lot of old friends from the Northern Beaches. But my major cause for excitement is having been asked to join two old mates, Russell Morris and Jack Jones, for the Beatles ĎBack to Backí series of concerts at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on January 2, 3, & 4 next year.
Weíll be performing all the tracks from the Sgt. Peppers and Abbey Road albums. Back to Back. Itís the first time Iíve been asked to do this very successful concept show. Lovely big band full of great players and singers and we get to play in Australiaís premier venue (my dream to play in the great hall for many, many years). It doesnít get much better for this old boy from the Northern Beaches.
Have a peaceful and loving Christmas everyone and I hope the New Year brings happiness and prosperity to you all. "
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Doug Parkinson may look like the devil with his large frame and that goatee, but when he opens it up his voice is sweet and soulful, resonating in a way that few of his contemporaries can match.
Since the mid-Sixties Doug Parkinson has been regarded as one of Australia's finest vocalists, a ďsinger's singerĒ who is one of the truly great soul/R&B vocalists of our time. His deep, resonant, smoky baritone voice is operatic in its power, yet possesses a range and subtlety that few others can match. His sound is instantly recognizable and unmistakable, yet his great versatility enables him to be equally at home in almost every popular genre including soul, R&B, pop, psychedelia, heavy rock, jazz, swing and musicals. Added to his vocal prowess is an imposing stage presence (including his trademark "Lucifer" beard) and a solid acting ability.
Doug has enjoyed a long and remarkably varied career in the Australian music industry, although like many of his contemporaries it has to be said that he has been woefully under-recorded. He is best remembered as the frontman for a fine array of top-notch groups from the mid-60s to the early Ď80s - the most memorable being the redoubtable Doug Parkinson In Focus.
In 2004 Doug rekindled the passion to record again. His first album after a hiatus of many years became a reality with the help of Sydney stellar musicans Gordon Rytmeister ≠ drums, Leon Gaer - bass, Bill Risby - piano and David Longo - guitar. Doug recorded songs he recalls hearing and loving as a boy laying awake and glued to his bedroom radio somewhere after midnight.
The result a beautiful selection of standards sung by a man with an
amazing gift we have all grown up with and loved for over four decades.
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