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 Thring Senior.

The man playing violin was Cecil Parkes. His brother, Milton, was my grandfather. Cecil Parkes was my great uncle.

The fact is, I didn’t know much about him, I never met him and I grew up knowing very little about him or his musical talents until very recently. When I was shown this film from Cecil’s daughter and granddaughter Margaret Griffiths (nee Parkes) and Katherine Griffiths, I was totally moved and felt a sense of place, a music heritage and lineage and understanding of what has been the driving force for me to perform music.

Seeing this film inspired me to create the Albums Virtuoso 1 and 2 to celebrate the music that my Grandfather and Great Uncles would have performed in their day and transpose the complex classical music to be performed on guitar which was quite a feat.  With some pieces I strung 8 different guitar tracks together, representing the full orchestra and solo parts or the original music.

As a THANK YOU for being one of my subscribers I want to give you a sample of a multitracked song from the album Virtuoso for free – no strings attached. Pardon the pun.

Download my version of Vivaldi’s Spring by clicking here

If you like the track you might also consider checking out El Vito. It’s my latest album and it’s full of Spanish Classical and flamenco Guitar tunes some of which would have been in my Ancestor’s repertoire including songs from Carmen that I have loved performing for decades.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about my Musical Heritage




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