// Al Parkinson



Seeing this lady perform, you immediately feel like she is an old friend. Her hilarious onstage banter is the perfect compliment to her soulful voice, playful ukulele, and wonderfully constructed songs of love and loss. Stories to which everyone can relate. Her music is honest and real.

Q&A, with Al Parkinson

Define your genre in five words or less:

Coffee, Chocolate, Chilli, Cigarettes and Cake.

How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?

I've been writing and playing music for about two years. Before that, I had a lot of friends who played music so I would see live music most nights of the week. It was really that community that inspired me to start. We are very lucky in Melbourne!

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?

Pretty sure Will Smith is still alive so...

What are your favourite venues?

Northcote Social Club, The Wesley Anne, The Forum and Pure Pop Records. I love a bit of intimacy when seeing and playing music. However, I love to throw myself around a dance floor, too!

What is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?

Probably Stevie Wonder at Rod Laver a few years ago. He's one of my favourites of all time and man, that guy is getting old now but he's absolutely still got it. It was pretty much everything i wanted it to be which is hard to say for a lot of the older crew these days... Stevie Wonderful!

Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc

I usually start with the music first. I write songs in a bit of a strange way. I wasn't really trained in playing guitar so I guess I just come up with a sound and then I associate a feeling with that and then the story usually evolves. Most of my songs I write very quickly. I like engaging with and relating to an audience because performing is all about sharing (Okay, I sound like a Grade 1 teacher) but seriously, that's what I think it should be!