Henry Parker is certainly causing a stir within the music industry. If you think of every guitar legend that has ever lived, Henry is currently being compared to them. With so much being written about him and the buzz currently surrounding him, we couldn’t wait to see him live and in action. We witnessed Henry performing at West London’s Troubador, a relatively modest, yet legendary music venue in London’s live music scene. Henry is a softly, well-spoken man, whose look was a-kin to the 70’s, with his long hair, bell-bottomed jeans and a flowery shirt. Henry came on to the stage with his band and was ready to rock.
What hit us immediately with the set, was that the buzz surrounding Henry and his guitar playing is worthy, he is certainly very impressive, making it look like the easiest thing in the world. Henry and his band opened the night with Red Fox – which is going to be his single release and we loved the energy and feeling in the track, we think it’s a wise choice to be chosen as a single, as it demonstrates his musicality and talent as a great guitarist. Next up was Run Away With You, which continued to show what a great musician he is and his band are equally impressive and were totally immersed in the set. The songs have different elements to them, in that the sound ranges from slow-paced soul feel and bluesy, to pure classic guitar-driven songs.
What we did feel, was that Henry could add a little more crowd interaction between songs, so that he can connect to the crowd further. There was a bit of banter with the crowd at one point and he even threw in an impression of Bianca from Eastenders, which the crowd giggled to. We imagine with even more experience, Henry’s showman style should come out further. He takes his personal style from a mix of decades and it’s the 60’s and 70’s that has a clear influence on his sound, with a familiar feel to his songs. You almost feel as if you’ve heard the songs before, as if they have been around for decades.
The night closed with Fire Burns and he finished on a complete high, with a great guitar solo, which seemed to go on forever! From his gig, we can see that Henry reminds us of musicians of a by-gone era, a time where real musicians made music that made people think, feel and connect with the simplicity and felt a connection with the lyrics in a song. We can only imagine that Henry is just going to get better in time to come, which is a very exciting prospect.