About Riley

A graduate and current employee of Berklee College of Music

Riley Parkhurst is a 23-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). She fronts the Riley Parkhurst Duo is the lead singer/guitarist for The Riley Parkhurst Project.

Please note: With Riley's full-time work at Berklee College of Music, her performance schedule will be limited. Please check her schedule page for updates.

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.

I don’t know a time when music wasn’t a part of my life. With a drummer for a dad and a family that was always listening to music, it was a passion I was born into.

I didn’t know it was what I wanted to do with my life until a performance I had one day, where an owner of a music school and dear friend told me that musicians can only thrive in this industry if they can’t think of themselves doing anything else. That’s when it hit me. I need music to remain in my life and I couldn’t think of a world where I was doing anything else.

Since then I’ve hit the ground running, playing hundreds of shows through northern New England and eventually deciding to continue my education in Berklee College of Music.

Thanks for being a part of my journey!!

- Riley

2021 Venues

None of Riley's success is possible without these great venues!!

Attitash Mountain Resort (Bartlett, NH)
The Big House (Weirs Beach, NH)
Captain Jack's at Naples Marina (Naples, ME)
Cranmore Mountain Resort (North Conway, NH)
Danforth Bay Campground (Freedom, NH)
Gary's Olde Towne Tavern (Naples, ME)
Huttopia White Mountains (Albany, NH)
Olde Mill Tavern (Harrison, ME)
Red Parka Pub (Glen, NH)
Settler's Green (North COnway, NH)
Shannon Door Pub (Jackson, N.H.)
Shovel Handle Pub (Jackson, N.H.)
Top of the 9th Bar and Grill (Fryeburg, ME)
Totem Pole Park (Freedom, NH)
Tower Hill Tavern (Weirs Beach, NH)
Tuckerman Brewing Company (Conway, NH)
Tuckerman's Restaurant and Tavern (Intervale, NH)
Waterford Worlds Fair (Waterford, ME)
Westward Shores Cottages & RV Resort (Ossipee, NH)
Wildcat Mountain Resort (Pinkham Notch, NH)
Woodstock Inn Brewery (North Woodstock, NH)

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The Riley Parkhurst Project Is Born

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 many New Hampshire and Maine venues. In addition, Riley also fronts the Riley Parkhurst Duo and performs solo shows.

For 2021, the primary musicians who will be playing with Riley are: Rafe Matregrano (bass and guitar), Kenny Oakes (bass), Keith Wurster (bass) and Dan Parkhurst (drums).