Parlour is a group in Bend that umbrellas four members known around town for their classic take on folk music, participation in the local scene and their tendency to drink and be merry. Having just released its first album, this folk band graces the stages of many local venues with no sign of slowing down. "Days of Plenty" is the first album from the group, which has been together three years, and showcases the blood, sweat and tears put into each of the 12 tracks on the record.
Mark Quon is not only the lead songwriter, but also shows clear talents in both guitar and vocals. Linda Quon, who happens to be married to Mark, also shares in the writing and vocal talents shared by her husband. Susan Bonacker plays fiddle and harmonizes along with the group, while Mike Potter lends his skills on all things strings and still manages to sing a tune.
"I think our band makes music because it's something we just need to do," says Mark Quon, as he goes on to discuss the importance of that creative escape. "Most of our songs tell personal or historical events. I would describe our music as simple and honest," he adds.
Tracks on the album include songs about love, heartache, lessons in life and the need for music. Songs such as the opener to the album, "Strike Me Down," puts melody to a confession of desire, while track four, "Amanda Lynn," puts forth an ode to a life enhanced only by rhythm and sound.
"Days of Plenty" was released in the summer of 2015 and was produced by the group itself. Folk music is often the soundtrack of the working man, and the efforts made by the group's members are a nod to that mentality. Much of the music is created, produced and promoted by either the Quons or Potter. Some upcoming shows include playing at Bend Brewing July 1 and Sip Wine come July 7. "Our plans are to keep writing, practicing, giggling and drinking. We're kind of known for that last part," jokes Mark Quon. For full listings of upcoming shows, check the Source calendar or www.parlourfolk.com.
"Days of Plenty"