Mark Parry is the lead guitarist for the Canadian based indie rock group The Manvils
. He Currently resides in Vancouver Canada.
Mark was born in Aberdare, Wales but lived most of his life in Swansea. He began playing guitar at the age of 13. After playing various other instruments including piano, flute, oboe, clarinet and violin. He spent countless hours practicing his instrument, along with cassette tapes of his favourite musicians such as Paul Kossoff, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Syd Barret, Brian Jones etc. He became an accomplished guitarist and has played with some well known musicians in the Uk.
In 2004 he moved to Vancouver to study at the University of British Columbia and in November 2004 became friends with country influenced singer/songwriter Mikey Manville after meeting at a video store where Manville worked at the time. Their love of music encouraged them to form The Manvils along with bassist Greg Buhr and drummer Andy Mac in January of 2005.
His indie, classic rock, 1960s, psychedelic influences are strongly heard throughout The Manvils songs and has taken the band from what would have been a purely country band to what has become a unique blues-heavy, psychedelic rock band.
In 2005, The Manvils opened for the Uk based band Stereophonics
and following the show he was asked to join them as second guitarist for their world tour.
His uncle is David Saul, the former Premier of Bermuda.