John Parish (born 11 April 1959) is an English musician, songwriter, composer and record producer.

John Parish
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Parish performing live in July 2011.
Background information
Born (1959-04-11) 11 April 1959 (age 60)
Yeovil, England
OriginBristol, England
GenresAlternative rock, experimental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, composer, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, drums, bass guitar, trombone, percussion, vocals
Years active1983–present
LabelsThrill Jockey, Dreamboat
Associated actsAutomatic Dlamini, PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding

Parish is best known for his work with singer-songwriter PJ Harvey.[1] He has also worked with many other bands including Eels, Tracy Chapman, Giant Sand, and Sparklehorse. His sister is the actress Sarah Parish.[2] Parish was born in Yeovil, Somerset and lives in Bristol.


His first record release was a single "Mind Made" by the British new wave band, Thieves Like Us (1980).[3] In 1982, he formed the band Automatic Dlamini, with Rob Ellis. The changing line-up of Automatic Dlamini included Polly Harvey from 1988 until 1991. Automatic Dlamini recorded three albums: The D is For Drum (1987),[4] Here Catch Shouted his Father (1990 – unreleased but available as a bootleg), and From A Diva to a Diver (1992).[5] By the time From A Diva to a Diver was released, Harvey had left to form the PJ Harvey trio with ex-Dlamini members Rob Ellis and Ian Olliver, and Parish was playing guitar with Marc Moreland's band The Ensenada Joyride.[6]

In 1986 Parish had begun a parallel career as a record producer working with UK bands including The Chesterfields, The Brilliant Corners, The Caretaker Race and The Becketts. In 1995 he co-produced PJ Harvey's "To Bring You My Love", on which he also played guitar, drums, percussion and organ.[7] He co-wrote and produced The Eels album Souljacker (2001), and played guitar on the world tour that accompanied its release. He has produced and/or played on a number of Howe Gelb / Giant Sand albums and frequently appears onstage with them.[8] Parish produced the Giant Sand album Chore of Enchantment (2000), and a photograph of his wedding in Tucson in 1998 was used as the cover for the 2011 re-release of the record.

He also began working as a film composer in 1998, writing the score for Belgian director Patrice Toye's debut film, Rosie.[9] Parish's score won the Jury Special Appreciation prize at the 1999 Bonn Film & TV Music Biennale. He has since scored other films and a Dutch seven-part TV drama Waltz (2006).[10]

Parish has now worked on seven albums with Harvey, including two co-written albums: Dance Hall at Louse Point (1996) and A Woman A Man Walked By (2009). He played in the PJ Harvey touring band (guitar/drums/keyboards) from 1994 – 1999, from 2009 – 2012 and from 2015 - 2017.[11] He co-produced and played on To Bring You My Love (1995),White Chalk (2007), the Mercury Prize winning Let England Shake (2011) and The Hope Six Demolition Project (2016).

Partial discographyEdit





  1. ^ Parish from the earth.[permanent dead link] Minnesota Daily. 13 March 2003. Accessed 26 June 2008
  2. ^ Accessed December 27, 2011
  3. ^ Accessed 27 December 2011
  4. ^ Accessed 27 December 2011
  5. ^ Accessed 27 December 2011
  6. ^ Archived 4 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 27 December 2011
  7. ^ To Bring You My Love (Island Records 1995) Sleeve Notes.
  8. ^ Howe Gelb official website
  9. ^ The Internet Movie Database Accessed 27 December 2011
  10. ^ The Internet Movie Database Accessed 27 December 2011
  11. ^ John Parish official website
  12. ^ John Parish official website discography page, Accessed 27 December 2011, Accessed 27 December 2011, Album sleeve notes and credits.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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