Authentic bluegrass music in the ‘40s style!
Australia's favourite bluegrass band, Bluegrass Parkway hold true to the origins of this exciting musical genre, capturing the magic of the golden years of bluegrass.
What sets Bluegrass Parkway apart from many others is the priority they have placed upon presenting Bluegrass music in its most authentic form and they remain faithful to their 1940’s origins by playing to a single microphone and incorporating strong three and four part harmonies. Whether it be the traditional sounds of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys and the Stanley Brothers or material closer to the 'cutting edge', Bluegrass Parkway will thrill you with great picking, strong harmonies and fancy footwork!
Over three decades of touring and countless concert performances have combined to strengthen the band’s reputation as Australia’s most highly credentialed and experienced bluegrass band.
Bluegrass Parkway has just celebrated its 35th anniversary and have toured extensively in the US and NZ as well as performing at most folk, bluegrass and country festivals across Australia.
Bluegrass Parkway can claim a special link to the home of Bluegrass music, Kentucky USA. Maria Duff plays bass in the band and hails from the heart of Bluegrass territory, Lexington Kentucky. She was a casual member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for twelve years and teaches Suzuki violin. Maria has been known to occasionally let loose with a clog dance or two during the performance.
Paul Duff is the band’s mandolin player, lead and harmony vocalist and front man as well as being renowned as one of Australia's premier mandolin builders, exporting the vast majority of his instruments to satisfy an ever-increasing demand from the United States. Paul met Maria in the early eighties while touring America gaining experience in musical instrument building.
The strong, tasteful banjo playing in the band is delivered through the very experienced hands of Mick O'Neill. Mick has also become a favourite with audiences because of his bass singing in the quartet. Mick’s experience and expertise in microphones and acoustic engineering is an essential part of creating the Bluegrass Parkway sound.
Wayne Perry’s powerful voice and great harmonies as well as strong rhythm guitar add a substantial authenticity to the overall sound of Bluegrass Parkway. Wayne backs up his rhythm playing with some great flat picking breaks during the performance.
A recent inductee to the band, Michael Patrick has a great musical reputation all around Australia for his work with ‘The Company’ and provides a strong and authentic fiddle presence to the band’s sound. His quality voice has provided a wonderful diversity, adding yet another lead and harmony option to Bluegrass Parkway’s already powerful vocal reputation.