Panama Dave Parrett
U P C O M I N G A P P E A R A N C E S
Things have changed at the Magic Garden in Battersea. My good friend Carl Chamberlain no longer runs the open mic night there on Tuesdays, so that daunting task is now performed by John Lion. The night is still popular, with up to twenty performers arriving earlier and earlier to get their names on the list. There have been technical issues with the PA system lately, but even without amplification performances are still listened to, heard and appreciated.
So I'll still be there most Tuesdays, and usually playing accompaniment to the lovely Katya Boirand, as well as my solo set. Katya and I set out to learn a new cover song each week, and now have over 50 of them in the repertoire.
We'll also be appearing at the Buck's Head in Camden this Sunday, July 31st, at 7.30. Hope to see you soon...
N E W S
My most recent album, Five, came out in January 2017, but it's not available online,
only as a physical CD from me personally. They're not available in the shops,
and they're probably cheaper while I'm still alive, so get yours now! CDs of Five
and the previous two studio releases, Consolacion and Panama, are with me at
all my gigs, or you can order them through this site. They're £10 each, two for £15
or all three for £20. For audio samples of all five albums, including the two Search
Party recordings from San Francisco in the 80s, go to my audio page, or to
While Consolacion and Panama were more or less solo albums, Five is almost
orchestral. I was joined in various London studios by several other musicians,
including Mike Wilson (who co-wrote two of the tunes and plays recorders and
saxophones), Aisuke Matsutoya (violin and banjo), Ben Walker (mandolin),
John Fogarty (lap steel) and Laura Victoria (cello). Satu Taggart's gongs are
also heard, from a recording I made of her Sound Intent therapy session at the
Over The Moon Festival in 2013. Ian Clayton at Montesa Audio in Valencia
engineered some of the guitar recording sessions, helped me produce and master
the album, and also added some last-minute piano. Thanks also go to Adie Hardy
for engineering many sessions at Unit 2 Studios in Park Royal.
(lovely people saying nice things...)
'Panama Dave Parrett has spent a lifetime perfecting a craft; a sound that now inhabits its very own space, many miles away from any other guitarist currently on the London scene. Over the course of five albums he has amassed an abundance of his own material. In his solo sets, he draws on this, alongside covers of folk/blues greats, to create a narrative that explores the entire width of the tradition of finger-picked guitar.'
Rob Gore, Celesta
'His 6 strings are attached to my heart. His beautiful sounds take me deep into my imagination where anything is possible...'
'Echoes of Jansch/Renbourn/Pentangle, and even a smattering of the great Moondog'
'Possibly the best guitarist playing live in London at this time'
Carl Chamberlain, Sing For Your Supper
Alex McIntyre, Creative Cricklewood
'Astonishing, just brilliant'
Carl Prekopp, Gypsy
'Supremely gifted guitar magician'
Archie Shuttler, Commie Faggots
'One of the most sublime guitarists I've ever heard'
Shaun Buswell, Underground Orchestra
Updated: July 30th, 2022
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