The first music filmclip in Australia, how is it relevant to me?

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The short sound film you just watched wasn’t made to be screened on television. This was years before. It was a little feature, screened before the main film for people going to ‘the pictures’ in 1930s Australia. It was actually one of the first sound films as part of a series in Australia by Frank […]

My Grandfather Milton Parkes – How I chose to play guitar

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My grandfather Milton Parkes was born March 20, 1907, In Melbourne (Williamstown), Australia. He studied piano under Professor William Laver and Professor Holmwood. He was an extremely able pianist, in demand as a piano accompanist and as a soloist.   He also studied the violin which would have aided his sympathy as an accompanist.   Milton performed […]

My European Musical Heritage

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My European Music Heritage. My great Grandfather Albert Parkes and his three sons Cecil, Kingsley and Milton had a profound effect on the Australian musical scene between 1900 to 1940.  Cecil is the older brother of concert pianist Milton (My grandfather) and youngest brother Violinist Kingsley.   Albert took on the role as their guardian on […]

Why Spanish Guitar and what Paco Pena asked me on Tour?

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Why do I play Spanish Music? Some of you may wonder if I have any Spanish blood in me because I perform Spanish Music.  As it turns out my Great Grandfather Albert Parkes was of Spanish origin, a generation before, on both his mother and father’s side, according to his wife’s sister, Lillian.  Perhaps this […]