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The Railway Inn presents

Nick Parker and The False Alarms

Glastonbury based Nick Parker started gigging in his early teens playing mandolin and singing in folk/rock/skiffle band ‘Why?’, and spent the next 10 years bouncing around on stages at hundreds of venues and festivals around the UK and Europe.
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Glastonbury based Nick Parker started gigging in his early teens playing mandolin and singing in folk/rock/skiffle band ‘Why?’, and spent the next 10 years bouncing around on stages at hundreds of venues and festivals around the UK and Europe. In 1998 Nick called it a day with Why? and started guitar band ‘Tobermory’. After various false starts, a few flirtations with industry ‘big’ boys and a few tours in Germany, Tobermory played their last gig in 2004.In 2010 Nick embarked on a solo career and has since released four full-length albums, 2010’s ‘The King of False Alarms’, 2014’s ‘Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird’, 2017’s ‘Besta Venya’, (tracks from which have been played on various BBC6Music shows) and 2020’s Make Siddowda – Live from Worcester.

Over the years Nick has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with The Wedding Present, Bright Eyes, Frank Turner and Mike Peters among others, and has recently provided tour support for Levellers, Ginger Wildheart & the Sinners, and Skinny Lister.

Nick’s songs are often tongue-in-cheek and cheerful, and on the rare occasion when fun IS poked (usually at himself) it is always with a wry smile and an element of satire. The audience are often encouraged to be a part of the show, from holding up lyrics or creating sound effects, to providing basslines or collectively being Nick’s duet partner.

Although primarily a solo effort Nick often plays with his band ‘Nick Parker and the False Alarms’ which is a folky/rocky/country affair using guitars, fiddle, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin, cornet, accordion, keys, whistles, pipes, bass and drums, often with various members switching instruments when space permits. At a recent gig the band were described as ‘A British Arcade Fire’, something that Nick was very pleased about. At that same gig they teamed up with Les ‘Fruitbat’ Carter to perform a 9-piece version of CarterUSM’s Only Living Boy in New Cross, something that now happens whenever Les is in the building.

The False Alarms’ newest addition is multi-instrumentalist John Leonard. John, fiddle player Ben Wain and Nick also regularly gig as a trio and the term ‘beautiful shambles’ springs to mind. Over the last few years Nick – either solo or with his various line-ups – has played at many festivals including Chagstock, Wickham, Watchet, Glastonbury, Frivolt (Sweden) and Zytanien (Hannover) among many others, with the highlight being Beautiful Days mainstage in August 2019. When Nick’s not gigging he is usually busy making videos for his songs which include a very time consuming lyric video made using spaghetti letters, and an even more time consuming stop motion animation of a live gig which was selected for inclusion in the Leeds International Film Festival.

Nick recently made a return to video making and much of his work was featured on Levellers’ latest album Peace (DVD version).

In the autumn of 2022 – having been postponed for two consecutive years – Nick toured Europe supporting Levellers both solo (5 dates) and with the False Alarms (11 dates) taking in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark and Sweden. ♫♪♪

Local support comes from

Siobhán & The Sunset Haze

Hailing from the South Coast, Siobhán began her career as a solo singer-songwriter telling her honest tales of love, loss, and lessons learned, through her storytelling of real-life events with powerful vocals and leaving no stone left unturned.

She’s now backed by her band ‘The Sunset Haze’, formed in 2019, they’ve spent the last 4 years honing their sound, and perfecting their unique image, and style as a collective.

After having released their debut EP “Playing the Part” back in 2022, they have played all along the South Coast at iconic venues and multiple festivals such as Teddy Rocks and Fuelled By Cider events. Now having released their latest spooky single ‘Witching Hour‘, they are back and standing tall with their melodic folk-rock fusion, and high energy, wild-hearted live shows, ready to make their mark in 2024. ♫♪♪

Lost Post

Lost Post are an alt-country trio, formed by Arkansas-forged frontman and guitarist Brandon Otto; Romani bassist Niki Balazs; and Southampton-born lap steel, banjo, and harmonica player A.M. Davis. The band draw on the rich storytelling elements of both old-time American and traditional English music, woven into a unique blend of foot-stomping country, swampy blues and delicate folk music.

Last year saw Lost Post gigging relentlessly, including playing to a packed-out crowd on the acoustic stage at Wickham Festival and opening for Skinny Lister at Southampton’s Engine Rooms. They’ve been building a growing fanbase since releasing their debut single ‘Charlotte’ in January last year (for which they were interviewed on BBC Radio Solent) and their new EP ‘Hope (and All Its Promise)’ later in September, which was also featured on BBC Introducing. They’re currently preparing to head into the studio to record the band’s first full-length album, which you can expect to find in all the usual places later this year. ♫♪♪