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

Virtuoso - A Homage to my Ancestors Album Cover

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The music film clip 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’. It was actually one of the first music films in Australia and was first screened in 1931 at the Regent Theatre […]

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 […]