Shining a modern light on the roots of North American popular music, Patrick Brealey blends elements of folk, country, cabaret and blues to deliver lyrically driven songs with a uniquely powerful voice. And on July 14th, in collaboration with Boompa Records, his release of Mercury in Songbirds provides the perfect pairing to this matchless mix. Boompa and Patrick Brealey make for a perfect pairing too. He’s a part of the family, having first met Boompa’s Rob Calder in grade school, and having also played piano with the Salteens.
An accomplished pianist, agile vocalist, and adept guitar picker, Patrick Brealey is a natural performer. His ability to engage an audience is a signature of his live shows. Captivating crowds and moving them to react is a true testament to his belief that art is nothing without an audience. And surely the fact that he offers his own homemade pickles and preserves at his shows doesn’t take away of his charm. (Visit The Dakota Tavern and Henhouse in Toronto to taste for yourself!)
Patrick’s latest album Mercury in Songbirds is a collection of songs born in a different era, raised today and fed by the influence of songwriters like Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits and Willie Nelson. From the early rock and roll swagger of “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” to the laid back dobro on “Castaway Heart” and the country heartache of “Please Don’t Love Me with that Love”, these songs reminisce of days gone by while carving a distinctive niche in today’s Canadian folk and roots scene.
July 09: Comox, BC – House Concert
July 10: Ucluelet, BC – Wild Heather Books
July 12: Duncan, BC – Duncan Garage Showroom
July 13: Saltspring Island, BC – Treehouse Cafe
July 17: Vancouver, BC – St. James Hall – CD Release Party
July 18: Winlaw, BC – Cedar Creek Cafe
July 21: Calgary, AB – House Concert
July 22: Saskatoon, SK – The Hayloft
July 23: Edmonton, AB – The Haven Social Club
July 24: Saskatoon, SK – House Concert
- “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” from Mercury In Songbirds