The local folk group Parlour plans a CD release party for Friday, August 21 on the lawn at Crux Fermentation Project in Bend from 6-9pm. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or low back lawn chairs for the performance.
Parlour was formed in 2013 consisting of Linda Quon (vocals), Mark Quon (guitar/vocals), Mike Potter (mandolin/dobro/vocals) and Susan Bonacker (fiddle/background vocals).
Linda and Mark Quon originally began playing music as The Quons until forming the larger folk band.
The hunt began with a call for a mandolin player. Potter, a good friend of the Quons, wanted to try out and despite not playing the mandolin, he picked it up quickly. The group formed Parlour as a trio, but they were still on the lookout for a fiddle player.
“We knew Susan Bonacker though the local music circles,” explains Mark Quon. “At the time, she was a member of Wild Rye, a Celtic-influenced band. She played in both bands for almost two years. Because of time constraints, she recently made the hard decision to leave Wild Rye and focus on Parlour.
The band’s new album, Days of Plenty, is comprised of all original material with most of the songs written by the Quons. The album was recorded by Potter who also wrote the song, Amanda Lynn, which features beautiful mandolin melodies. Parlour secured Dan McClung from Moon Mountain Ramblers to play upright bass on the recording. Many Parlour songs are influenced by the era of the early 1900s, which has helped create the band’s name.
All of the songs are comprised of stunning group harmonies and stay true to the folk revival sound they are going for. The title track, Days of Plenty, truly highlights the group’s harmonic talents and the captivating melody of Love and Blood is bound to get stuck in your head.