Act Profile

Colin and Susan came together as a singing duo in the Spring of 2004 and became a couple in the romantic sense as well, getting married on 21st January 2006 at The Musical Village where they first met! Without doubt, Susan is an undiscovered talent. Her singing voice has been compared to Judith Durham, Nana Mouskouri and Linda Ronstadt. Their music has been described as ‘easy listening’ but they have also provided an up-tempo offering. Formerly  with one of Gippsland’s finest musicians; Terry Cupples (bass) who probably has no peer in Gippsland, and now with their very committed and capable Bass Guitar Player Phil Edwards.  Their audiences have come from a wide variety of age groups, but are more suited to the over thirties age group.

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Colin Parrish

Colin Parrish has been playing guitar and singing since age 14, learning to play Classical Guitar and drifting into the folk scene at University. He has a variety of playing styles embracing various styles of finger picking as well as straight forward rhythm guitar. In England Colin was part of a duo that performed at Johnny Dankworth’s “Stables” Folk venue in support to Steeleye Span in the 70s. He has played as a solo artist and as part of a group of musicians over the past 30 odd years.

Susan Parrish

Susan Parrish began playing flute at the age of 8 and now includes the penny whistle, the tenor & descant recorder, and guitar in her playing repertoire. She also has an amazing singing voice – described by many “ as soothing as honey” – and has played in several groups over many years. Her singing is quite unique. Rarely are listeners unmoved by the clarity and character of her voice. She works professionally at the Darnum Musical Village where she and husband Colin entertain the tour groups. Susan has delighted audiences everywhere across Gippsland & beyond with her modesty and easy going personality, not to mention an infectious smile!

What Makes Us Different?

“ I would say that what we do, has been well received largely because of the beautiful singing voice that Susan has, together with the blend of harmonies we have been able to create in our choice of songs. We like to stress that we are not a ‘rock n roll’ band. We play dinner/concert style music with a mix of well known up-tempo Irish songs and ballads.” Colin Parrish.

When you hear Susan singing you can’t help but take notice. It is not a classical voice; nor a screechy pop diva’s voice. It is quite unique. Calming; mellow, and “as smooth as honey”, as once described by a member of an audience. She has been compared to the likes of Judith Durham and Nana Mouskouri, but her voice bears its own distinctive quality. A lady in the audience at The Darnum Musical Village came up to her at the end of a performance and said; “I have been classically trained in South Africa, but you have the most beautiful voice that I have ever heard.” Singing is part of Susan’s life. She expresses her emotions through it. It is a gift that she was once told had to be shared with others.

Raising a family of four children made it difficult, until recently, for her to sing at venues that could showcase that gift. With husband Colin, she has become more settled in singing a style of music described as ‘easy listening’. But essentially, it is a style of music that audiences from across the spectrum find soothing; calming.

Recently

Susan and Colin have continued to make an impression in many ways over the past few years with appearances at the launch of the Boolarra Folk Festival in March of 2010 followed by an appearance on the main program at the 2011 festival with Terry Cupples on bass and Leigh Bechaz on guitar/mandolin.  They are back at Boolarra in February 2015 with Phil Edwards on Bass.  They also  followed up with a three concert tour with well known Gippsland Country Music Star Gavan Arden in February – April following the launch of his 8th CD, and an appearance at the highly regarded Tyers Music club in June. As well, they played at numerous private functions : The Warragul District Lions Club, Probus groups, Masonic Lodge, Senior Citizens Clubs  et al. CD sales have passed 1000 in recent years.  More recently they are now a regular Friday Evening act at The Brandy Creek Winery in Drouin West, The Grove on Willow Restaurant, and The Grand Ridge Brewery Restaurant at Mirboo North.

Previously:

VP celebrations at the Morwell RSL; Morning Melodies at the Dandenong RSL; Senior Citizen appearances at Traralgon, Newborough, Leongatha, Warragul, Drouin & Narre Warren, various Folk Club appearances, as well as providing entertainment at numerous aged care and day care facilities. They have also provided New Year’s Eve at The Elizabethan Reception Centre in Warragul for the previous two years. Other venues have included “Christmas in July at the Warragul Bowling Club and The Cranbourne Aged Care Centre, as well as numerous functions for the Baw Baw Shire.

In October 2008, they provided the entertainment at The Victorian Tidy Towns Presentation Awards at the Moe RSL Function center, and the exclusive Barn On Jackson’s Café/Bar at Jindivik, where they have also played New Years Eve. Also in 2012 Colin’s composition “I Will Never Hide My Pride” reached the finals of the Roddy Reid Song Writng Contest at the Maldon Folk Festival.

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