Victoria Parks, Bardic Balladeer
Victoria Parks is an award-winning songwriter known for her lyrics and melodies. She writes humorous, and contemporary ballads. She writes in multiple genres. Her soaring voice ranges from deep and rich to lilting and ethereal. "If I do not make you feel something, I have done nothing." New fans remark on how they love her humorous material but long-time fans appreciate the entire body of her work. Powerful, timeless lyrics cross cultures and history. She writes with a special affinity for folklore and historical subjects. Wry humor mixed with a strong dose of irony are characteristic of her songwriting. Her love of traditional writing is very much in keeping with bardic tradition. Her contemporary material is full of passion, humor, joy and pathos. Ballads are a strong suit for her. Her songs reveal a woman of her time though her musical feet are rooted firmly in tradition. She is known for her folk and folkrock debut CD Sure Feels Like Home and the traditionally influenced 2003 release, Wild English Rose which has earned this artist many wonderful reviews (below). Wild English Rose was number 35 on the 2003 Folk DJ lIst and continues to receive airplay. Indeed, this recording will stand the test of time as a timeless and powerful addition to any folk-lover's music collection.
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Read the Reviews::
Rose - Editor's Choice 2003 FolkWorld Magazine
June 2003 #35 Folk DJ Top 70 Playlists
#203 Top Folk Releases for 2003
"It takes more
than words like tarry, hither, elixer or sacred oath, to contribute
to this feeling of discovered tracks rather than originals. Parks
has succeeded in packaging ideas, words and melody lines to render
a presentation that suggests the times of which she sings. Parks's
historical settings capture the hardships of these lives so perfectly
that one can picture the songs' choruses being sung ages ago
to the rhythm of swinging pints." Sing Out! Magazine,
If you are lucky enough
to have Victoria's debut album, "Sure Feels Like Home,"
she needs no introduction. If not, I hope you'll take this opportunity
to discover her. Victoria is a master storyteller and songwriter
with a beautiful, powerful voice. This is a voice that deserves
to be heard!"--Fred Dolan, host Visiting the Folks, WUJC
"Wild English Rose showcases Victoria Parks' clear and
resonant singing voice and her spirited, well crafted songs.
The instrumentation is largely of Celtic influence, and you think
you are listening to a collection of centuries-old folk songs
until you realize that Parks herself has written all but one.
Parks recounts her family history, commemorates ancient Celtic
holidays, and shares stories of herself, gently pulling the listener
in to her world. I was particularly struck by "Beautiful
Hands," a tribute to a loved one who's passed on, and "Dear
Sister," a song based on letters written by her great (x5)
grandmother to her sister in the 1700's. In Parks' own words,
her music is spindled with fairy dust and flowers, and indeed,
it has an undeniable magic to it, a warm-fuzzines tempered with
hearty, bold, lyrical storytelling...an excellent musical creation,
worthy of repeated listenings."--Victory Music Review,
"a lady with a
clear talent to draw this listener into her songs. And what's
more, engage him fully whilst he was there, and spit him out
the other end wanting more. Her effortless lower register really
gives me a FRISSON of excitement." --Kevin's Celtic &
Folk Music CD Review
"The historical songs are the most interesting.
What an inspiration for genealogists! My favorite is "Dear
Sister," based on letters sent to Scotland in the late 18th
century by her emigrant 5th great grandmother. The verses describe
the life Sarah Parks was now leading in America and her reluctance
to return, and they do sound like messages from old letters.
These songs are really well devised lyrically and tunefully.
Parks has an interesting voice, from the same tonal category
as Jean Ritchie. I like it because it's melodic, strong and authentic...and
certainly not wispy, cute, or vampish! It is a good voice for
history. Her catchy melodies are genuinely "folky"
and blend well with the lyrics. Recommended especially for Renaissance-Pagan-Celtic
Festival enthusiasts and genealogists, but "folk music"
listeners will like the historical songs"-- The Greenman Review
"As a vocalist
(she) presents her ballads combining both a firm voice with a
sensitivity whilst clearly identifying with the subjects at hand.
I found the 'historical' tales or stories derived from her family
background to be the strongest on the album. That said the thirteen
tracks on the album offer a fine and varied journey through Parks
songwriting and personal journeys."-Folk & Roots,
"She is a strong songwriter
and better than average singer. The sound is quite distinct...
she has a very pretty voice. I am quite impressed with the quality.
I feel Victoria has a winner here."
"Victoria is renowned
as a storyteller among those who know her music well, and this
album is clearly the work of an experienced and comfortable yarn-spinner,
with fascinating tales and beguiling turns of phrase."--Every
Muse News & Reviews
all songs but one are written by Victoria, they're all drenched
in the English / Irish folk style. On the romantic songs she
succeeds beautifully, singing like a blossoming rose, with nice
arrangements."--Psyche van het Folk, radiocentraal, Antwerp.
"Parks' songwriting and execution
are so fully formed that she could hold her own with any of Triple
A radio's most beloved singer/songwriters."--The Cleveland
"Sure Feels Like Home is an
accomplished production. It surprises with moments of fine playing,
touching harmonies and passionate songwriting...unflinching"--The
This well-produced collection of
original songs has full and tasteful arrangements, well written
lyrics. Parks' vocals are vibrato-rich, reminiscent of Mary McCaslin
and Melanie, alternately childlike and gutsy. Well worth the
listen!--Victory Acoustic Music Review
An auspicious debut!!--Tom Paxton