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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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    Rossini: Maometto Secondo / Parry, Hulcup, Davies, Nilon, Jeffery
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2312 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Caitlin Hulcup,  Sian Davies,  Darren Jeffery,  Paul Nilon
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Garsington Opera Orchestra,  Garsington Opera Chorus
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    Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Parry, Lee, Cook, Mlinde, BBC Symphony
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 48 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Troy Cook,  Colin Lee,  Carmen Giannattasio,  Graeme Broadbent  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers
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    Bellini: Il Pirata / Parry, Tezier, Giannattasio, Bros, Le Brocq, Sherratt
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 45 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Victoria Simmonds,  Brindley Sherratt,  Carmen Giannattasio,  José Bros  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Eric Coates,  Fritz Spiegl  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Bach: Keyboard Concertos  / Nick Van Bloss, David Parry, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6141 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nick Van Bloss
    Conductor:  David Parry
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  • 6.
    50 Most Essential Bach Masterpieces
    Label: X5   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Henrik Mawe,  Klemens Schnorr,  Pieter Schoeman,  Vesselin Gellev  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Mikhail Gantvarg,  Jansug Kakhidze,  Saulius Sondeckis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Soloists,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Moravian Trio
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    The 50 Most Essential Mozart Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Elisabeth Ganter,  Maszella Holzapfel,  Julie Palloc  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Francesco Macci,  Zdenek Kosler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Soloists,  St. Petersburg Soloists,  New York Philomusica
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    The Most Essential Classical Music In Movies
    Label: X5   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Claude Debussy,  Carl Orff,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Henrik Mawe,  Jose Perez,  Klemens Schnorr
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner,  David Parry,  Heribert Beissel,  Hanspeter Gmür
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    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Craig Ogden,  Pieter Schoeman,  Peter Schmalfuss  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Ilmar Lapinsch,  Klaus Arp  ... 
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  • 10.
    Rise Of The Masters: 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Finghin Collins,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Shigeo Genda,  Bohdan Warchal,  Masaaki Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Arion Trio  ... 
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    The 50 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Finghin Collins,  Roland Pöntinen,  Emmy Berhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet,  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    The 50 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Hugh Martin,  Lowell Mason,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Verhey,  Michael Ponti,  Susanne Doll
    Conductor:  Klaus Arp,  Alun Francis,  Robert Shaw,  Heribert Beissel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Musica Antiqua New York,  Bach Collegium Japan  ... 
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  • 13.
    Rossini: Ermione / David Parry, Carmen Giannattasio, Patricia Bardon, Colin Lee
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 42 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Patricia Bardon,  Rebecca Bottone,  Graeme Broadbent,  Carmen Giannattasio  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 14.
    Celebrating 40 Years - Then And Now
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giovanni Pacini  ... 
    Performer:  Thora Einarsdottir,  Toby Spence,  Bulent Bezduz,  Colin Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Maurizio Benini,  James Judd,  Alun Francis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  ... 
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    Jacques Offenbach: Vert-vert / Parry, Einarsdottir, Taylor, Spence
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 41 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Franck Leguérinel,  Loïc Félix,  Anne-Marie Owens,  Mark Le Brocq  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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    Donizetti: Parisina / Parry, Solari, Giannattasio, Taylor
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  José Bros,  Carmen Giannattasio,  Dario Solari,  Nicola Ulivieri  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Cheryl Barker Sings Great Operatic Arias
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3161 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Cheryl Barker,  Gillian Keith,  William Dazeley
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Dove: The Adventures Of Pinocchio / Simmonds, Summers
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jonathan Dove
    Performer:  Jonathan Summers,  Graeme Broadbent,  Allan Clayton,  Mary Plazas  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera North Orchestra,  Opera North Chorus
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    Dove: The Adventures Of Pinocchio / Simmonds, Summers, Parry, Opera North [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7019 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Dove
    Performer:  Carol Wilson,  Mary Plazas,  Graeme Broadbent,  Allan Clayton  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera North Orchestra,  Opera North Chorus
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  • 20.
    Great Operatic Arias - Christine Brewer, Vol 2 / Parry, London PO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3159 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Antonín Dvorák,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Robinson,  Christine Brewer,  Judith Howarth
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Rediscovered - Mayr: Opera Highlights / Parry, Severini, Kenny, Smythe, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 244 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
    Performer:  Penelope Walker,  Daniela Barcellona,  Antonio Siragusa,  Marilyn Hill Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Tiziano Severini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Trieste Teatro Verdi Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 22.
    40 Most Beautiful Summer Classics - Mozart, Vivaldi, Debussy, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511596 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alexander Glazunov,  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-François Heisser,  Howard Cook,  Helen Huang,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  José Serebrier,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Sir Thomas Allen - Vol 2 / Parry, Philharmonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3155 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Claire Rutter,  Gwynn Hughes Jones,  Philip Tebb  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 24.
    Pacini: Alessandro Nell' Indie / Parry, Ford, Larmore, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giovanni Pacini
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  Jennifer Larmore,  Dean Robinson,  Laura Claycomb
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 25.
    Entre Nous - Celebrating Offenbach
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 243 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Mark Stone,  André Cognet,  Colin Lee,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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