Mel Parsons

Indie-folk singer songwriter Mel Parsons


Recognised as one of New Zealand’s established songwriters, indie-folk singer songwriter Mel Parsons’ star is on the rise.


She has just released her third full length album Drylands to critical acclaim, returning triumphant from a 23-date headline tour of New Zealand. This followed performances at WOMAD, Woodford Folk Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest (Australia) and Folk Alliance International (USA) this summer.


Mel will play the Mercury Bay Music Festival with her dynamic live show. She is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story. With a wide breadth of material, Parsons has a broad range – from the gutsy and rhythmic hand-clappers like audience favourite Far Away, through to pin-drop ballads like Don’t Wait, featuring Canadian Ron Sexsmith.


Parsons is a two-time New Zealand Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year and was a 2015 finalist for the coveted APRA Silver Scroll award.


She has built a solid fan base the old fashioned way – winning over audiences on the live circuit. Along with New Zealand performances, Parsons has had recent tours in Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and Germany. She is also a cast member of Kiwi musical collective Fly My Pretties, with tours and festival performances including the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest.

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