David Parry

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Before his untimely death at the age of 52, David Parry was a permanent fixture on the Canadian folk music scene. Besides being a noted singer and musician (both solo and as a member of the Toronto-based ceilidh band the Friends of Fiddler's Green), Parry was also a storyteller, actor, director, and teacher. Never more than a cult figure at best, Parry nonetheless recorded a number of striking albums.

Born in London, England on June 18,
Read more 1942 (coincidentally also Paul McCartney's birthday), Parry was introduced to folk music during the great British folk revival of the late '50s. Parry continued his interest in music during his schooling, but his formal training was in theater, culminating in a Ph.D. in historical drama and a day job career as a teacher, historian, and museum director. Besides acting in and directing plays in England, Europe, India, and North America, Parry continued working as a semi-professional musician. It wasn't until he settled in Toronto, Ontario, with his American-born wife, Caroline Balderston, in the mid-'70s that be began to pursue music as any more than a hobby. Quickly becoming a fixture on Toronto's folk scene, playing solo dates as a singer and storyteller and morris dancing in the internationally known team the Toronto Morris Men, Parry fell in with the local ceilidh band the Friends of Fiddler's Green in the early '80s and performed and recorded with them until his death. He also performed occasional duo dates with the group's leader, singer, and concertina player Ian Robb. In 1985, Parry released a cassette (later reissued on CD by Borealis Records) called The Wind That Tramps the World. One of the tracks is a musical setting of Rudyard Kipling's Sestina of the Tramp Royale, directly inspired by Peter Bellamy's settings of Kipling poems. Fond of a contemporary of Kipling, the British/Canadian poet Robert W. Service, Parry devoted several years to setting Service's poetry to tunes of his own. The results were released as The Man From Eldorado: Songs and Stories of Robert W. Service in 1993.

David Parry died of a sudden heart attack on June 13, 1995, just shy of his 53rd birthday. Later that year, Borealis Records released 'E Likes It All!, a compilation of Friends of Fiddler's Green recordings from the preceding decade and a half featuring Parry on lead or solo vocals. Read less

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Before his untimely death at the age of 52, David Parry was a permanent fixture on the Canadian folk music scene. Besides being a noted singer and musician (both solo and as a member of the Toronto-based ceilidh band the Friends of Fiddler's Green), Parry was also a storyteller, actor, director, and teacher. Never more than a cult figure at best, Parry nonetheless recorded a number of striking albums.

Born in London, England on June 18,
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Sinfonia
Act I Scene 1: Coro d'introduzione: Ciel! qual procella orribile (Goffredo, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Scena e Cavatina: Io vivo ancor! (Gualtiero, Goffredo, Itulbo)
Act I Scene 2: Ascolta! Nel furor delle tempeste (Gualtiero, Goffredo)
Act I Scene 3: Del disastro di questi infelici (Goffredo, Gualtiero, Itulbo, Chorus)
Act I Scene 3: Per te di vane lagrime (Gualtiero, Itulbo, Goffredo, Chorus)
Act I Scene 4: Scena e Cavatina: Sorgete; e in me dover quella pietade (Imogene, Itulbo, Adele)
Act I Scene 4: Lo sognai ferito, esangue (Imogene, Adele, Chorus)
Act I Scene 4: Cielo! e dessa (Imogene)
Act I Scene 4: Sventurata, anch'io deliro (Imogene, Adele, Chorus)
Act I Scene 7: Aria: Piu temuto (Ernesto)
Act I Scene 8: Recitative: M'abbraccia, o donna (Ernesto, Imogene, Goffredo, Itulbo)
Act I Scene 9: Finale: Il suo disegno (Imogene, Gualtiero, Ernesto, Itulbo, Goffredo, Chorus)
Act I Scene 9: Quintet: Parlarti ancor per poco (Gualtiero, Ernesto, Imogene, Adele, Itulbo, Chorus)
Act I Scene 9: Stretta del Finale I: Ebben; cominci, o barbara (Gualtiero, Imogene, Ernesto, Itulbo, Goffredo, Chorus)
Don Giovanni, K. 527: To what atrocity - That ungrateful man betrayed me (Mi tradi)
Don Giovanni, K. 527: To what atrocity - That ungrateful man betrayed me (Mi tradi)
"The animal I really dig... is the pig"
First Pig
Second Pig
Third Pig
Pig Calls for Help
"It was a cold, cold winter's night"
Building the Snowman
Music Box Dance and Motorbike Galop
Walking in the Air
The North Pole
Overture
Act I Scene 1: Duet: These people could drive you berserk (Jaquino, Marzellina, Rocco)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: If only we could marry today (Marzellina, Rocco, Leonora)
Act I Scene 1: Quartet: A wonder, clear and pure (Marzellina, Leonora, Rocco, Jaquino)
Act I Scene 1: Aria: If you don't save up your money (Rocco, Leonora, Marzellina)
Act I Scene 1: Trio: Good, that's the stuff! ... (Rocco, Leonora, Marzellina)
Act I Scene 2: March - Dialogue: This handwriting seems familiar (Pizarro)
Act I Scene 2: Aria with Choir: Ah! This is ecstasy! (Pizarro, Chorus of sentries)
Act I Scene 2: Duet: Now, Warder, listen! (Pizarro, Rocco)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative and Aria: Vile murderer! Sadistic swine! (Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Recitative and Aria: Come hope, you faint and distant star (Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Dialogue: But Marzellina ... (Jaquino, Marzellina, Rocco, Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Oh, what delight to breathe the air (Chorus, First prisoner, Second prisoner)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: What did he say? (Leonora, Rocco)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Let's down to work, for time is pressing (Rocco, Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Oh father, do be quick! (Marzellina, Rocco, Jaquino, Leonora)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Presumptuous idiot, who are you to take such a liberty (Pizarro, Rocco)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Farewell, the warm and radiant light (Chorus of Prisoners, Marzellina, Leonora, Jaquino, Pizarro, Rocco)
Overture
Scene 1: Hoyohey! Halloyo! Ho! Hey! (Sailors, Daland, Steersman)
Scene 1: The time has come (Dutchman, Dutchman's Crew)
Scene 1: Hey! Holla! Steersman! (Daland, Steersman, Dutchman, Sailors)
Scene 2: Whirr and whirl as morning passes (Senta, Girls, Mary)
Scene 2: My crew are bored with this delay (Daland, Senta, Dutchman)
Scene 3: Steersman, leave your watch! (Norwegian Sailors, Girls, Steersman, Dutchman's Crew)
Scene 3: What is this madness? (Erik, Senta)
Scene 3: Could you forget those carefree happy hours (Erik)
Scene 3: It's hopeless! Ah! It's hopeless! (Dutchman, Erik, Senta, Daland, Mary, Girls, Sailors, Dutchman's Crew)
Prelude
Act I Scene 1: Rest Gustavus, may sweet dreams restore you (Officers, Gentlemen, Ribbing, Horn, Henchmen)
Act I Scene 1: The King approaches (Oscar, Gustavus)
Act I Scene 1: There shall I gaze in ecstasy (Gustavus, Ribbing, Horn, Henchmen, Oscar, Officers, Gentlemen)
Act I Scene 1: Go with the others and wait until I call you (Gustavus, Oscar, Anckarstroem)
Act I Scene 1: Please reflect upon your duty (Anckarstroem)
Act I Scene 1: The Lord Chief Justice! (Oscar, Gustavus, Lord Chief Justice)
Act I Scene 1: She conjures from afar, thunder and lightning (Oscar, Gustavus, Lord Chief Justice)
Act I Scene 1: My friends, will you come with me (Gustavus, Anckarstroem, Oscar, Ribbing, Horn)
Act I Scene 1: We can all go and see her together (Gustavus, Anckarstroem, Oscar, Ribbing, Horn, Henchmen)
Act I Scene 2: Quiet ... her trance must not be interrupted ... (Women, Children, Ulrike)
Act I Scene 2: I'm first to be here! (Gustavus, Women, Children, Ulrike)
Act I Scene 2: Allow me to enter (Cristian, Ulrike, Gustavus)
Act I Scene 2: You can rest assured (Ulrike, Cristian, Gustavus,Women, Servant)
Act I Scene 2: What brings you here to me? (Ulrike, Amelia, Gustavus)
Act I Scene 2: Step out towards the sunset (Ulrike, Amelia, Gustavus)
Act I Scene 2: Oh, help me, God in heaven (Amelia, Ulrike, Gustavus, Voices)
Act I Scene 2: Rise, great enchantress, speak to us all (Ribbing, Horn, Men, Oscar, Gustavus)
Act I Scene 2: Do you see the furious billows abating (Gustavus, Oscar, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Reckless stranger, your words are defiant (Ulrike, Gustavus, Ribbing, Oscar)
Act I Scene 2: Her crazy crystal-gazing (Gustavus, Ulrike, Ribbing, Horn, Oscar, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: One thing you've yet to tell me (Gustavus, Ulrike, Oscar, Ribbing, Horn, Anckarstroem, Cristian, Chorus)
Act II: Prelude
Act II: Here I am in this place of retribution (Amelia)
Act II: When I pluck these dark stems (Amelia)
Act II: Here at last (Gustavus, Amelia)
Act II: You must know that I too have been aching (Gustavus, Amelia)
Act II: The sweetest words I ever heard (Gustavus, Amelia)
Act II: Oh God! Someone is here! (Amelia, Gustavus, Anckarstroem)
Act II: My friend, I ask you a personal favour (Gustavus, Anckarstroem)
Act II: Do you hear how the menacing voices (Amelia, Anckarstroem, Gustavus)
Act II: Stay close to me (Anckarstroem, Amelia, Conspirators, Ribbing, Horn)
Act II: We interrupt their stolen kisses (Ribbing, Horn, Anckarstroem, Amelia, Conspirators)
Act III Scene 1: Your offence is not forgiven (Anckarstroem, Amelia)
Act III Scene 1: I go, but in compassion (Amelia, Anckarstroem)
Act III Scene 1: Stand up! I permit you to see your son (Anckarstroem)
Act III Scene 1: Shame on you, who defiled my beloved (Anckarstroem)
Act III Scene 1: We are gathered. Now hear me (Anckarstroem)
Act III Scene 1: I'm with you (Anckarstroem, Ribbing, Horn)
Act III Scene 1: Let us all by our shame be united (Anckarstroem, Ribbing, Horn)
Act III Scene 1: One indulgence I ask of you (Anckarstroem, Ribbing, Horn, Amelia)
Act III Scene 1: So which name has been chosen? (Anckarstroem, Ribbing, Amelia, Horn)
Act III Scene 1: Now Oscar may enter (Anckarstroem, Oscar, Amelia, Ribbing, Horn)
Act III Scene 1: Ah! I know that something wonderful (Oscar, Amelia, Anckarstroem, Ribbing, Horn)
Act III Scene 2: Perhaps she is safely home now (Gustavus)
Act III Scene 2: But if your light is lost to me (Gustavus)
Act III Scene 2: Ah! She is there. How can I see her (Gustavus, Oscar)
Act III Scene 3: The hall is filled with laughter (Ribbing, Anckarstroem, Horn, Oscar, Chorus)
Act III Scene 3: Why are you caring? (Oscar)
Act III Scene 3: The hall is filled with laughter (Anckarstroem, Oscar, Chorus)
Act III Scene 3: Ah! You are here! ... (Amelia, Gustavus)
Act III Scene 3: This is how I embrace you! (Anckarstroem, Gustavus, Amelia, Oscar, Chorus)
Act III Scene 3: She is blameless: as death approaches (Gustavus, Amelia, Oscar, Anckarstroem, Ribbing, Horn, Chorus)
Overture
Act I: 15, 16, 20, 30 (Figaro, Susanna)
Act I: What on earth are you measuring (Susanna, Figaro)
Act I: Supposing one evening the Countess (Susanna, Figaro)
Act I: All right. Shut up and listen (Susanna, Figaro)
Act I: Bravo, my lord and master! (Figaro)
Act I: So, little master, you're dressed to go dancing (Figaro)
Act I: But why did you wait till the day of the wedding (Bartolo, Marcellina)
Act I: Now for vengeance, glorious vengeance! (Bartolo)
Act I: So all is not lost (Marcellina, Susanna)
Act I: I bow to your grace (Marcellina, Susanna)
Act I: Good riddance, you old spinster (Susanna, Cherubino)
Act I: I don't know what it is that I'm feeling (Cherubino)
Act I: Now I'm done for! (Cherubino, Susanna, Count, Basilio)
Act I: Susanna, heaven bless you! (Basilio, Susanna, Count)
Act I: It's outrageous! Search the castle (Count, Basilio, Susanna)
Act I: Basilio, run and tell Figaro to come here (Count, Susanna, Cherubino, Basilio)
Act I: Praise and adore him (Chorus)
Act I: So what is all this nonsense? (Count, Figaro, Susanna)
Act I: Praise and adore him (Chorus)
Act I: God bless you! (Figaro, Susanna, Basilio, Cherubino)
Act I: Here's an end to your life as a rover (Figaro)
Act II: Hear my prayer, humbly I beg you (Countess)
Act II: Come here, dear Susanna, and finish your story (Countess, Susanna, Figaro)
Act II: How it grieves me, Susanna (Countess, Susanna, Cherubino)
Act II: Tell me what love is (Cherubino)
Act II: Bravo, your voice is lovely (Countess, Susanna, Cherubino)
Act II: Kneel down and let me look at you (Susanna)
Act II: Enough of this nonsense! (Countess, Susanna, Cherubino, Count)
Act II: What does this mean? (Count, Countess)
Act II: Come out of there, Susanna! (Count, Countess, Susanna)
Act II: So you're proposing not to open it? (Count, Countess)
Act II: Don't worry, Cherubino (Susanna, Cherubino)
Act II: Look at the little devil! (Susanna)
Act II: Everything as I left it (Count, Countess)
Act II: Out you come, you vile seducer (Count, Countess)
Act II: You called, sir? (Susanna, Count, Countess)
Act II: I cannot believe it (Countess, Susanna, Count)
Act II: The wedding procession is ready and waiting (Figaro, Count, Susanna, Countess)
Act II: Oh, my lord!, My lord! (Antonio, Count, Countess, Susanna, Figaro)
Act II: Noble lord, we come for justice (Marcellina, Basilio, Bartolo, Count, Countess, Figaro, Susanna)
Act III: This is very perplexing! (Count)
Act III: Don't be afraid! (Countess, Count, Susanna)
Act III: How could you be so cruel (Count, Susanna)
Act III: But I don't understand (Count, Susanna)
Act III: Hey, Susanna, how's it going? (Figaro, Susanna)
Act III: 'You've won the case already' (Count)
Act III: Must I be made to suffer (Count)
Act III: Come on, come on, Cherubino (Barbarina, Cherubino)
Act III: And Susanna's not here (Countess)
Act III: I remember his love so tender (Countess)
Act III: The case is decided (Curzio, Marcellina, Figaro, Count, Basilio)
Act III: Darling boy, let me embrace you (Marcellina, Figaro, Bartolo, Curzio, Count, Susanna)
Act III: This is our little baby (Marcellina, Bartolo, Susanna, Figaro)
Act III: I must warn you, my lord (Antonio, Count)
Act III: That's amazing! (Countess, Susanna)
Act III: ... the breezes ... (Susanna, Countess)
Act III: That should do the trick! (Susanna, Countess)
Act III: Gentle lady, may these presents (Girls)
Act III: Madam, with your permission (Barbarina, Countess, Susanna)
Act III: Hey, what did I tell you! (Antonio, Countess, Susanna, Count, Cherubino)
Act III: My lord, if you detain these lovely girls (Figaro, Count, Countess, Susanna, Antonio)
Act III: Now I can hear them (Figaro, Susanna, Count, Countess, Serving girls, Chorus)
Act III: As true-hearted lovers (Chorus)
Act IV: I have lost it, I'm so stupid (Barbarina)
Act IV: Barbarina, what's happened? (Figaro, Barbarino, Marcellina)
Act IV: Mother! (Figaro, Marcellina)
Act IV: The pavilion on the right (Barbarina)
Act IV: That's Barbarina! Who goes there? (Figaro, Basilio, Bartolo)
Act IV: Everything's ready; the hour of reckoning is at hand (Figaro)
Act IV: You foolish slaves of Cupid (Figaro)
Act IV: My lady, Marcellina says Figaro will be here (Susanna, Marcellina)
Act IV: My lady, you are trembling (Susanna, Countess, Figaro)
Act IV: At last, the moment I've longed for (Susanna)
Act IV: Come quickly my beloved, I implore you (Susanna)
Act IV: Treachery! Now I see how she has deceived me! (Figaro, Countess, Cherubino)
Act IV: I'll approach her, oh so softly (Cherubino, Countess)
Act IV: Here she is, my dear Susanna (Count, Susanna, Figaro, Cherubino, Countess)
Act IV: Now we're alone together (Count, Countess, Figaro, Susanna)
Act IV: Night shrouds the world in mystery (Figaro, Susanna)
Act IV: I surrender, my love (Figaro, Susanna, Count)
Act IV: Quickly, bring your weapons! (Count, Figaro, Basilio, Curzio, Antonio, Bartolo, Susanna, Cherubino, Barbarina, Marcellina)


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