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Richard Reed Parry: Quiet River of Dust

Richard Reed Parry is standing in the bushes

Richard Reed Parry brings his poignant and atmospheric new folk project to the distinctive surroundings of St John on Bethnal Green.

Best known as a founding member of the Arcade Fire, Richard Reed Parry carves out a very different path with Quiet River of Dust . This is music that is both slow-moving and majestic – with Parry delicately building layers of instrumentation into songs of staggering depth. Drawing inspiration from a journey to Japan, Buddhist myths and British folk traditions when composing the material, the output is equally varied. Sometimes grandiose, sometimes subtle, but always bewilderingly beautiful.

Online booking is now closed, tickets will be available at the venue


This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time. 

Running time approx. 90 minutes.

All event times are subject to change.

Produced by Spitalfields Music in association with the Barbican.

With support from The High Commission of Canada in the UK and the Québec Government Office in London.


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Listen: Richard Reed Parry - I Was In The World (Was The World In Me)


Listen to I Was In The World (Was The World In Me) by Richard Reed Parry from the album Quiet River of Dust Vol 1.

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