Music Man, David Parker

David injects life and heart into the words of Handmade Histories mural stories:

All this in Manukau Harbour

David's latest collaboration with Handmade Histories is an epic piece of music telling tales about the Manukau Harbour, as illustrated in the storybook/mural "Manukau, Harbour of Stories".


The Story of a New Zealand Truck Driver

Davids' arrangement of Bert Williams' song - to the tune of Baa, baa, black sheep - in "The Story of a New Zealand Truck Driver", has inspired many children to march in time to the beat, whilst holding an imaginary steering wheel and singing along.

See a short book trailer with a taste of the song HERE.

Not only are they enjoying the music and beat but also learning about New Zealand history and early New Zealand rural life.

The Mill is Kaiapoi

Many people have been moved to tears listening to his rendering of "The Mill is Kaiapoi"; tears not of sadness but of hope and of the resilience of the Kiwi spirit. 

Perhaps it is helps that the tune is that of a powerful anti-war Irish folk song, "Johnny, I hardly knew ye"; a song that is 250 years old but still relevant today.

But more than that, David gives the song tone, key and pace which moves the listener seamlessly through the 14 verses of the Kaiapoi story covering 300 years of history. He makes it a very personal and emotional journey. It's not just about a place called Kaiapoi and it's Woollen Mill, but also about how global events affected all of New Zealand's manufacturing industry in the last century.

The Nukes

David is also a member of New Zealand's Original Songwriting Ukulele Band, The Nukes, whose songs have a unique kiwi flavour:

The Nukes - Last Kauri