The Low Countries

Live Act Acoustic Pop Singer/Songwriter Melodic Songwriter Folk Pop
The Low Countries - Acoustic Pop Singer/Songwriter Melodic Songwriter Folk Pop Live Act in Lancaster

The Low Countries Short Info

The Low Countries are Nigel Parrington with up to three other musicians, depending on babysitters. Nigel started writing songs during the great war (Blur won) in a remote Mental Hospital in Hertfordshire. He escaped and formed The High Ones in London with Mark Lee (The Pocket Gods)- Nigel wrote most of their indie-pop style songs and tours of Belgium and the home counties ensued. They met Sinead O’Connor and Nigel saw Terry Nutkins standing on a roof. A single ‘Sunny Day’ was a hit in Belgium and Nigel toured Studio Brussels placing their EP in random drawers, where they remain. Nigel changed his name to Niels and moved to Antwerp - The High Ones had one last hurrah in The Borderline after drinking several Antwerp bars dry and conversing with dEUS.
Nigel worked briefly for Warner Bros Belgium and through this contact The Low Countries were born, going on to win valuable studio time in a few swanky Flemish studios, all of which boasted that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was recorded on their sound desk, hmm. During his ‘Flemish blue period’ Nigel soaked up Flemish sounds and smells writing some classic songs, witty lyrics with a rich skein of melancholy.
Moving back to the North of England in 2006 Nigel was signed to Nub Music and began releasing seven albums over a period of 8 years. In 2014 Nigel and Els formed a 5-piece band recording an EP in 2015 . They’re about to release a new band album on Nub/ADA/Warners - ‘We Weathered The Storm’ - in March 2018.

Nigel’s songs have been played on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Lancashire, Unpeeled.net, Folk Radio UK, Dandelion Radio, Studio Brussels, Radio Centraal and Sky TV.

Some reviews:

'indie-folk at its best...' Folk Radio UK

'Blissfully wonderful music' Beehive Candy

'They make literate, clever music that makes Belle and Sebastian look like a bunch of thugs' Popshifter

'Like a lost track off Abbey Road' @coffeehopper (on Sun Street (2015))

‘this is indie-folk music from the heart and I say give it a go’ Johnno Casson, Fresh On The Net

'excellent songs from a gifted songwriter' Mark Christopher Lee (Nub Music MD

'making music that makes the world a better place' @indiebandsblog

Beautiful...'The Invisible Ray' will most likely become a lost treasure. We just hope that in a few years it's uncovered and given the respect it deserves' The Sound Of Confusion

'I'm...struggling to see how they've not found greater recognition for past works and could 'The Invisible Ray' be a seminal album?' Ralph's Life

'Parrington's son has apparently predicted that his dad's songs will be famous after he dies. Pennyblackmusic readers would be advised not to wait that long' Pennyblack Music (The Greatest Bits)

’...funny, sad, well crafted and wise, more of a hymn to low wits and high values.’ unpeeled.net (‘carry on christmas’)

‘captivating to a fault’ Folk and Roots

‘indie-folk at its best, I love it’ Folk Radio UK

’english psyche pop folk masterpiece - syd barrett meets nick drake with glorious beatles harmonies and northern wit - album of the year’ MBop Magazine

’..The Low Countries: splendid melancholia which sounds like a North Country version of Golden Smog or Josh Rouse. Nigel Parrington is definitely onto something’ Howard Byrom, The Lancaster Guardian 4 05 07

’Really tasty stuff - a little beauty!!’ Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk)

‘Beautiful South meets Richard Thompson…really fine mellow tunes’ Fresh Air FM

’shades of Ryan Adams…Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris…elsewhere Tell Her could be lifted from the Beatles’ back catalogue…’ www.folking.com

’warm acoustic-based americana-infused blend of classic songwriting. Melodies, harmonies, middle-eights and banjo combine to soothe your weary heads’ Opposite of Robot Promotions

The Low Countries are Nigel Parrington with up to three other musicians, depending on babysitters. Nigel started writing songs during the great war (Blur won) in a remote Mental Hospital in Hertfordshire. He escaped and formed The High Ones in London with Mark Lee (The Pocket Gods)- Nigel wrote most of their indie-pop style songs and tours of Belgium and the home counties ensued. They met Sinead O’Connor and Nigel saw Terry Nutkins standing on a roof. A single ‘Sunny Day’ was a hit in Belgium and Nigel toured Studio Brussels placing their EP in random drawers, where they remain. Nigel changed his name to Niels and moved to Antwerp - The Hi...

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The Low Countries on Tour

  • 16 | 02 | 2018 Lancaster Spotlight

Past Gigs The Low Countries

  • 11 | 2017 lancaster The Golden Lion
  • 11 | 2016 Lancaster the Bobbin
  • 10 | 2016 Lancaster Lancaster Music Festival Main Stage
  • 10 | 2016 Lancaster Lancaster Music Festival - Storey Institute
  • 10 | 2016 Lancaster Lancaster Music Festival - Sun Hotel
  • 09 | 2016 Lancaster Spotlight Club
  • 08 | 2016 Antwerp Cafe AMI
  • 08 | 2016 Lancaster Beyond Radio Live Session
  • 08 | 2016 Antwerp Radio Centrall Live Session
  • 07 | 2016 Bentham The Sundial
  • 07 | 2016 Morecambe More Music
  • 12 | 2015 Spotlight Club, Lancaster Spotlight 20 Year Anniversary
  • 12 | 2015 The Alleycat, London, 100X30 Album launch

Discography The Low Countries

  • 2018 We Weathered The Storm Album | Nub/ADA
  • 2016 An Extended Play EP | Nub Music
  • 2014 A Prize Every Time - The Greatest Bits Compilation Track | Nub Music
  • 2012 The Invisible Ray Album | Nub Music

Media

  • Sound Putty
  • Video The Low Countries - Sun Str...
  • Video The Low Countries - Tell He...
  • Video The Low Countries - The Inv...
  • Sound at the end of the day
  • Video The Low Countries - 'Brian ...
  • Video The Low Countries - 'The On...

Fan Radar

618 Fans
5,446 Views
44,128 Plays
557 Follower

Origin

  • Lancaster GB

Founded

  • 2011

Members

  • Nigel Parrington guitar, vocals, harmonica
  • Rob Daniels drums, vocals
  • Darren Leadsom bass, vocals