About Riley Parkhurst

Growing Up With Music

Riley Parkhurst is an 18-year old musician/vocalist based in Conway, N.H. Riley has performed at many venues and with numerous musicians in the Mount Washington Valley (and beyond) and is looking to play gigs as both a solo/duo act or as the lead singer/guitarist for The Riley Parkhurst Project which features rock and blues tunes spanning the last five decades and some original music.

While her primary instrument is guitar, Riley also plays keyboards, bass guitar, saxophone and clarinet.

Riley picked up music at a young age, getting her first guitar at the age of five. Her musical journey truly began a few years after that when she began taking guitar lessons at Mountain Top Music Center in Conway, N.H. Mountain Top exposed Riley to a variety of performance opportunities including solo performances and rock band situations.

The Riley Parkhurst Project and Solo Performances

When asked to perform at the annual Harvey Baldwin Benefit Concert in 2014, the Riley Parkhurst Project was born. With Riley fronting the band, the Riley Parkhurst Project has continued to perform at local venues like McGrath's Tavern (No. Conway, NH), The Red Parka Pub (Glen, NH), Attitash Ski Resort (Bartlett, NH), Top of the 9th Bar and Grill (Fryeburg, ME), Captain Jack's (Naples, ME), Gary's Olde Towne Tavern (Naples, ME) and Tower Hill Tavern (Weirs Beach, NH).

The Riley Parkhurst Project also plays a variety of private events, including regular shows at Totem Pole Park (Ossipee, N.H.) and Beaver Hollow Campground (Ossipee, N.H.), along with private parties and weddings.

Riley has also performed regularly as a solo acoustic artist or in a duo acoustic act at a variety of locations in the Mount Washington Valley. She has played acoustic shows at The Shannon Door Restaurant & Pub (Jackson, NH), the Shovel Handle Pub (Jackson, NH), Sea Dog Brewing Co. (North Conway, N.H.), Cabin Fever (Bartlett, NH), River's Edge Tavern (Ossipee, NH), Ledgeview Grille (No. Conway, NH), The Wildcat Inn and Tavern (Jackson, NH) and Top of the 9th Bar and Grill (Fryeburg, ME).
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Friends and Performers

Whether at an Open Mic or as part of a performance, Riley has been blessed to play with many great local artists and bands, including Simon Crawford (and the Simon Crawford Band), Jonathan Sarty, Stiff Kitty and Al Shafner.

She has jammed with blues guitarist T.J. Wheeler and has opened for legendary blues harmonica player James Montgomery and guitarist Bruce Marshall at a special event in May 2015.

The Riley Parkhurst Project has featured a variety of musicians backing Riley who is the lead singer and primary guitarist. For 2018, the primary musicians who will be playing with Riley are: Jeremy Dean (guitar), Rob Orfant (guitar), Kenny Oakes (bass), Keith Wurster (bass), Rafe Matregrano (bass and guitar) and Dan Parkhurst (drums).

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