About Dean Parker
Dean Parker is a freelance touring/recording musician and musical director based in and around London, England.
Born in Northumberland, Dean was introduced to the guitar at an early age. Playing from the age of 9 and performing professionally from the age of 13, Dean has also been a tutor of acoustic/electric guitar, ukulele, mandolin, piano and music theory for over 6 years. As a musical director, guitarist, vocalist, pianist and mandolinist, Dean has appeared live and in the studio alongside Andy Gangadeen, Nick Cohen, RIKA (UK), Backwoods Creek (UK), Blue County (USA) , Curtis Grimes (USA), Emergency Tiara (US) and Hayley Jensen (AUS) over the past year.
With performances in venues such as Maida Vale Studios, The Jazz Cafe, O2 Arena, Country2Country Festival and The Boisdale, London, Dean continues to push forward with his musical and creative roles. As a guest, Dean has had the pleasure of performing alongside acclaimed guitarist Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X, Solo) and in the production ‘Seven Decades’ (directed by Michael John Ross – Nick Mason, Simon Le Bon). Dean also dedicates time to The Academy of Contemporary Music, working as the musical director of the ACM House Band, following a year of playing professionally in the ensemble (under the direction of Andy Nixon – Nina Nesbitt, Shania Twain), and also turns his to hand to the orchestra pit when needed.
A keen advocator of all things roots, Dean is a member of UK Rock band, ‘Backwoods Creek and also leads the Blues Rock trio ‘Dean Parker Band’ and is also a member of UK Rock band, ‘Backwoods Creek’. With these outfits he performs relentlessly at venues and festivals around the country. Recent shows include the O2 Arena, London, Buckle & Boots Country Festival (also as a session musician for a number of acts) and has supported blues greats such as Kirk Fletcher.