Choir of Outsiders: Henry Parker + dbh + Jennifer Reid

  • Saturday | 22.04.23
  • 3.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Pay as you feel

Choir of Outsiders is a North West based music promoter specialising in contemporary and experimental folk. Come join the chorus.


With his eco-conscious debut album ‘Silent Spring’ (2019), Henry Parker laid down a new sound for modern folk music, drawing deep from the well of the sixties and seventies revival. His style is a clear joining of the past and the present, a unique voice in the folk world that echoes with sounds of the tradition, whilst venturing beyond, into the realms of folk-rock and psych.

A devoted guitarist since childhood, Henry Parker’s musical upbringing was in the world of rock and heavy metal, yet, at the age of 20, paths were taken that led him adrift. Soon enthralled by the ethereal playing of Bert Jansch and Nick Drake; finger-picking and open tunings rapidly became the essence of his new found folk sound.

Having spent the past 5 years playing headline concerts and supporting many of his musical heroes, including Michael Chapman, Wizz Jones and Bridget St John, Henry Parker’s 2nd album, ‘Lammas Fair’, released at the end of 2021, brings him to the forefront of the progressive folk music world.

Heralded across the music press as an essential album, it is this latest release that has seen Parker emerge as a respected artist in the worlds of folk-rock, psych and traditional music.

“His relaxed vocals and songwriting are as warm and open as his tunings” 8/10 Uncut Magazine

“What Parker does so effectively is to blend ancient with early-70’s and modern styles” Mojo ★★★★

“Channelling the ghosts of Jansch and Renbourn through his fingertips, the fluid playing and emotive singing of Yorkshire-born Henry Parker evokes the spirit of the early-60’s folk revival as if it were yesterday.” RnR Magazine ★★★★★

Jennifer Reid

Jennifer Reid performs Lancashire dialect and Victorian street songs from the Industrial Revolution. She sings a cappella, with vigour. Her new album
The Langley Linnet is out now and available on


dbh has been playing solo guitar since 2004 and has released a number of instrumental recordings on Thread Recordings, Folklore Tapes, Tompkins Square and Crowfoot Records, most recently appearing on Snockument, an album of Michael Hurley covers. His complex and melodic fingerpicking style lurks somewhere between John Renbourn, Alice Coltrane, American Football and Papa M’s seminal 1999 album ‘Live From a Shark Cage’.

This show takes place on the bar stage.