singer-songwriter from northeastern England who was a member of the Medium Wave
Band, which evolved into Avalon.
They released albums such as Heavy
Hearts and Rocky Roads, and
Erne wrote much of the material therein.
In 2008, he
helped launch Lentfest for the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project. This put to work his talents of
musical direction and production in presentations such as Francis—The Verdict, Life Up the Raw, Paul and Pilgrim.
Life Up the Raw was mounted in Glasgow in October 2008 and at Fraser Centre in
Milngavie on 6th December 2008.
2009, AGAP Theatre presented Stephen Callaghan’s stage play Paul, a multimedia production about
St. Paul of Tarsus, with incidental music and songs penned by Erne.
away at Golden Jubilee Hospital on 27th July 2009. His life was commemorated at Milngavie Town Hall in January 2010. On 8th October 2011, the
Erne Parkin Award was unveiled at the town hall in a charitable event that
benefited one of his favourite causes, The Suzy Fund. The Suzy Fund assists in African
famine relief. The Milngavie
Herald has also announced a perennial Erne Parkin concert.
In addition to
his music-making and production work, Erne was known for the Mugdock Music
Festival and his annual New Year’s party. He also ran Milngavie FC for a time,
and his own company, Erne Parkin Creative Consultancy Ltd.
Medium Wave Band recordings
Mellow Yellow (Donovan Leitch)
Spark SRL 1140
Disney Girls (1957) (Bruce Johnston)
Spark SRL 1140