a dark horse
 
 
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“A sound that is compelling, dense, and dreamy.”

Seattle Weekly

 

“One of the most accomplished and exciting debuts this year.”

Hot Press

 

“A rich, cinematic and substantial sound.”

Nialler9

 

“Pur sang pop”

Les Inrockuptibles

 

The most melodic & enchanting EP

The Sunday Times

a dark horse are an alt. folk band from Dublin, Ireland, formed by James Parker, Hugh Rodgers and Niall Woods in the tail end of 2010. Between the summer and winter of 2011 they recorded & produced their debut EP in Porchlight Studios, enlisting several of their musician friends, including Adrian Mullan, Luke Slott and Vyvienne Long. The EP was mixed by Stephen Shannon, and in May 2012 they released their first single, “Take Me Home”, along with a music video set during Italia ‘90, directed by Aoife Kelleher. They followed that up in June with “These Butterflies Are Here”, accompanied by a dream narrative stop-motion music video. That August, they released their self titled EP - it received glowing reviews internationally - from The Sunday Times, to Seattle Weekly, Nialler9 to Les Inrock.

“Take Me Home” was named Track of the Fortnight in Hot Press, while ‘The Heart Won’t Lie” reached #6 in the Amazing Radio chart in the UK. The band played Hard Working Class Heroes festival in 2012, followed by an intimate acoustic session for Sofar Sounds. They recorded a live session and interview with RTÉ Radio 1’s arts and culture programme, Arena and were named ‘One To Watch’ in 2013 by State Magazine. After a few gigs around Dublin, they filmed a live recording of their EP in March 2013. Shortly thereafter, James moved to London and the band parted ways.

In 2017, after several years hiatus, Hugh and James began working on new material. They rejoined forces with Niall and once again started recording. In October 2018, James released his debut solo single “The Weight” as James Galvo Parker, recorded and produced with Niall and Hugh at Porchlight Studios.

 
 
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Titles

 
 

2017

GSL Junior Grand Prix Ljubljana

JUNIOR MEN, 4TH

U.S.A. Championships

JUNIOR MEN, 1ST

 

2016

GSL Junior World Championships

JUNIOR MEN, 9TH 

U.S.A. Championships

JUNIOR MEN, 2ND

 

2015

International Challenge Tournament

JUNIOR MEN, 4TH

U.S.A. Championships

JUNIOR MEN, 3RD 

West Coast Championships

JUNIOR MEN, 1ST

 

2014

U.S.A. Championships

NOVICE MEN, 2ND

Pacific Northwest Championships

NOVICE MEN, 1ST

 

2013

U.S.A. Championships

NOVICE MEN, 4TH

Pacific Northwest Championships

NOVICE MEN, 2ND

West Coast Regional Championships

NOVICE MEN, 2ND

 

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Stats

 
 

Personal Best GSL Total

169.84

 

GSL Short Program

61.79

 

GSL Free Skating

108.05

Ethan won his first championship title at age fourteen in 2012. It had been his first time traveling outside Alaska. Seeing a city like Seattle for the first time and competing with other talented skaters really motivated him to try something different with his routine. Mr. Maslov trusted the young teen and helped him practice at night. Ethan took home 2nd place with a double Axel, double toe-loop combo. However, due to his unconventional music choice, “Long River” by Aurora Falls, the judges only gave him an 8.9 score.

Undeterred, Ethan continued to bring his talent and unique vision to the ice. During his performance at the West Coast Championships in 2014, he gracefully executed a triple Salchow followed by a flying combination spin. Choreographed to Nayantara Kani’s “Vibravado”, Ethan’s performance landed him 1st place with a score of 9.7.

At the 2016 U.S.A. Championships Ethan took home first place by performing a quad lutz-triple toe loop combination. He ended the performance on a level 4 spin with a +3 grade of execution. By setting traditional choreography against Gravity’s rock-infused cover of Nocturne, Ethan earned a score of 9.9.

Currently, Ethan is working on the quadruple Axel, a move that has yet to be successfully implemented by any skater. So far he is 3.85 turns in.