John Parish

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John Parish
John Parish.jpg
Parish performing live in July 2011.
Background information
Born(1959-04-11) 11 April 1959 (age 54)
Yeovil, England
OriginBristol, England
GenresAlternative rock, experimental rock, art rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, composer, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, maracas, percussion
Years active1983–present
LabelsThrill Jockey, Dreamboat
Associated actsAutomatic Dlamini, PJ Harvey
Notable instruments
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Telecaster
Lap steel guitar
 
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John Parish
John Parish.jpg
Parish performing live in July 2011.
Background information
Born(1959-04-11) 11 April 1959 (age 54)
Yeovil, England
OriginBristol, England
GenresAlternative rock, experimental rock, art rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, composer, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, maracas, percussion
Years active1983–present
LabelsThrill Jockey, Dreamboat
Associated actsAutomatic Dlamini, PJ Harvey
Notable instruments
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Telecaster
Lap steel guitar

John Parish (born 11 April 1959) is an English musician, songwriter, composer and record producer.

Parish is best known for his work with singer and songwriter PJ Harvey.[1] He has also worked with many other bands including Eels, Tracy Chapman, Giant Sand, and Sparklehorse. His sister is the actress Sarah Parish.[2] Parish was born in Yeovil, Somerset and lives in Bristol.

Career[edit]

His first record release was a single "Mind Made" by the British new wave band, Thieves Like Us (1980).[3] In 1982, he formed the band Automatic Dlamini, with Rob Ellis. The changing line-up of Automatic Dlamini included Polly Harvey from 1988 until 1991. Automatic Dlamini recorded three albums: The D is For Drum (1987),[4] Here Catch Shouted his Father (1990 – unreleased but available as a bootleg), and From A Diva to a Diver (1992).[5] By the time From A Diva to a Diver was released, Harvey had left to form the PJ Harvey trio with ex-Dlamini members Rob Ellis and Ian Olliver, and Parish was playing guitar with Marc Moreland's band The Ensenada Joyride.[6]

In 1986 Parish had begun a parallel career as a record producer working with UK bands including The Chesterfields, The Brilliant Corners, The Caretaker Race and The Becketts. In 1995 he co-produced PJ Harvey's "To Bring You My Love", on which he also played guitar, drums, percussion and organ.[7] He co-wrote and produced The Eels album Souljacker (2001), and played guitar on the world tour that accompanied its release. He has produced and/or played on a number of Howe Gelb / Giant Sand albums and frequently appears onstage with them.[8] Parish produced the Giant Sand album Chore of Enchantment (2000), and a photograph of his wedding in Tucson in 1998 was used as the cover for the 2011 re-release of the record.

He also began working as a film composer in 1998, writing the score for Belgian director Patrice Toye's debut film, Rosie.[9] Parish's score won the Jury Special Appreciation prize at the 1999 Bonn Film & TV Music Biennale. He has since scored other films and a Dutch seven part TV drama Waltz (2006).[10]

Parish has now worked on six albums with Harvey, including two co-written albums: Dance Hall at Louse Point (1996) and A Woman A Man Walked By (2009). He played in the PJ Harvey touring band (guitar/drums/keyboards) from 1994 –1999, and again from 2009 – 2012.[11] He co-produced and played on White Chalk (2007) and the Mercury Prize winning Let England Shake (2011).

Partial discography[edit]

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Solo[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parish from the earth. Minnesota Daily. 13 March 2003. Accessed 26 June 2008
  2. ^ Accessed December 27, 2011
  3. ^ Discogs.com Accessed 27 December 2011
  4. ^ Discogs.com Accessed 27 December 2011
  5. ^ Discogs.com Accessed 27 December 2011
  6. ^ Marcmoreland.com Accessed 27 December 2011
  7. ^ To Bring You My Love (Island Records 1995) Sleeve Notes.
  8. ^ Howe Gelb official website
  9. ^ The Internet Movie Database Accessed 27 December 2011
  10. ^ The Internet Movie Database Accessed 27 December 2011
  11. ^ John Parish official website
  12. ^ John Parish official website discography page, Accessed 27 December 2011, Discogs.com Accessed 27 December 2011, Album sleeve notes and credits.

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