a guitarist and vocalist, was born in Jonquière, Québec,
Canada in 1971. He began playing guitar at the age of
ten years while living in Dundas, Ontario. Further studying
brought him to London, Ontario and to Montreal, where
he studied classical guitar. In Toronto, Parton also
studied fingerstyle guitar with Canada's premier acoustic
guitarist, Don Ross. Classical guitar instructors have
included masters Alexander Dunn, Davis Joachim and Norbert
In the 1990's,
Parton performed several times with a full symphony
orchestra, a claim few guitarists can make. He and his
band (then called The Bremen Town Musicians) were guest
soloists with The Vancouver Island Symphony, conducted
by Marlin Wolfe. For this concert, Parton scored his
own original compositions for full orchestra. In later
performances, Steve played solo classical guitar with
the orchestra, and later with a chamber orchestra, made
up of members of the Vancouver Island Symphony. And
in a more intimate setting - in 1999, Steve was hired,
with British cellist Kathy Stacey, to perform at the
birthday party of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
Parton's principle musical outlet, The Steve Parton
Band, is best descibed in the following Press Kit excerpt:
Steve Parton Band is a Hamilton, Ontario-based quintet
whose tight, imaginative vocal harmonies and powerful
guitar playing are laced with the cello and violin,
and backed by bass and drums. They are unique, dynamic
The band’s live performance is energetic yet
subtle. It showcases five unique, talented musicians
incorporating rock, folk and Celtic, with classical
overtones, encompassed by Parton's inventive songwriting.
to the Steve Parton Band, Steve plays professionally
as a session guitarist (live and studio), as well as
in the classic-rock cover band, The Relics (www.therelics.ca),
and also in the Avalon String Trio (www.avalonstrings.com)
Refer to the Concerts page of
this site for information on upcoming gigs.
Steve is a resident of Dundas, Ontario, Canada.
four fine artists (Parton with the Bremen Town Musicians)
presented themselves as if they were at Carnigie Hall.
They will be there. The orchestral arrangements were
brilliant, calling for the full range of talent in this
- Bill deCarteret, official Vancouver
Island Symphony Critic
no arguing Parton's musical genius."
- Nanaimo Daily News, BC
of The Bremen Town Musicians' talent is indisputable."
- Vancouver Island Symphony
foray into the magic of fusion and a generation-bridging
blend with innovation and tradition... a historically
- Cosmic Debris (Musicians' Magazine,
Parton is a member of:
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of
- BMI: Broadcast Music, Incorporated (USA)
- HGS: Hamilton Guitar Society
- VGS: Victoria Guitar Society