Bluegrass Parkway (WA)

July 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$21 pre-sale and on the door.



Bluegrass Parkway (WA)

Sunday 2 July @ 6.00pm – 9.00pm | Ticket price: $21 pre-sale and on the door.  | Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/282804
Authentic bluegrass music in the original style of Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys!
Fresh from their second Bluegrass Music Cruise as well as a third tour of the United States; Bluegrass Parkway have been busy building upon the 30 years of performance experience they have already achieved. A constant striving for authenticity, a deep respect for the music and an attitude of  ‘It’s gotta be fun!’, have combined to strengthen the band’s reputation as Australia’s most entertaining and experienced bluegrass band.

What has helped set the band apart from many others is the priority they have placed upon presenting Bluegrass music in its most authentic form. Bluegrass Parkway has just celebrated its 29th anniversary and since the early part of 1994, they have performed around a single microphone, as was the norm for the pioneers of the genre in the 1940s. This came about after the band produced a presentation for the Toodyay Folk Festival in which they showed how bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the Stanley Brothers played Bluegrass music in the early days. The response from audiences was so positive that the band made the decision to keep doing it that way; besides, it was so much fun!

At any Bluegrass Parkway performance the audience can enjoy a taste of bluegrass music 1940s style, strong three and four part harmonies as well as witnessing some pretty fancy footwork!

Bluegrass Parkway can claim a special link to the home of Bluegrass music, Kentucky USA. Maria Duff plays bass in the band and hails from the heart of Bluegrass territory, Lexington Kentucky. She was a casual member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for twelve years and teaches Suzuki violin.
Paul Duff has become renowned as one of Australia’s premier mandolin builders, exporting the vast majority of his instruments to satisfy an ever-increasing demand from the United States. Paul met Maria in the early eighties while touring America gaining experience in musical instrument building.
The strong, tasteful banjo playing in the band is delivered through the very experienced hands of Mick O’Neill. Mick has also become a favourite with audiences because of his bass singing in the quartet. Mick’s experience and expertise in microphones and acoustic engineering is an essential part of creating the Bluegrass Parkway sound.
Donal Baylor has added to the authentic nature of the band’s sound with playing that draws upon his vast experience and understanding of the essential bluegrass fiddle repertoire. Donal’s knowledge of Bill Monroe’s fiddlers and their individual styles offers the audience a rare glimpse of how strong an influence they were on his music.
Wayne Perry is the newest member of the band and has already had a substantial career as a singer songwriter. A close associate of Bluegrass Parkway for well over twenty years; Wayne has added an entirely new dimension to the harmony structure of the band with his powerful voice. His strong rhythm guitar playing has also given the sound even greater drive.
That High Lonesome Sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpiZ1G6FXq8
With Peter Rowan: I’m Gonna Love You Like There’s No Tomorrrow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2j4VQyEkUY
With Mike Compton: Tallahassee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClVYMoyTP_w