I’ve been squirreled away in a squirrel cave working on new material for, oh, I don’t know, about 4 years now. Let’s be honest, I was having a hard time getting out what I wanted to say. Sometimes I was saying things [read: writing songs] but they weren’t quite what I wanted to be giving to the world. Well, the tide has changed. Songwriting is feeling good and I’m riding a wave of some sort. I’ve got a great new band together and we are starting to play many of these songs at our weekly residency on Friday nights 8–10 at Toronto’s Cameron House. That being said, we won’t be playing there this week, Friday, May 3rd. I’ll save you the details but let’s just say we will see you on Friday, May 10th, riiiiight?
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It’s a busy month here at Patrick Brealey HQ. Lots of live shows and some exciting projects in the works. I am thrilled to be continuing my Friday night residency at The Cameron House in Toronto — if you haven’t been yet, come down at about 8pm and see what we are up to these days. I try to add new songs, either my own or covers, every week so check it out!
I am very happy to be playing in the backup band for one of Canada’s finest fiddling talents, Miranda Mulholland as she maintains a Tuesday 6-8pm residency at the Cameron House for the month of March. See more about her here:
I will also be performing with Canadian legends The Grapes of Wrath as they celebrate the release of their long-awaited new album High Road with a handful of Ontario shows. grapesofwrath.ca
Ooooh! Leon Knight & the Neon Lights, the straightshooting country band I am part of will be finishing up its Monday residency on at The Ace restaurant on Roncesvalles on Monday, April 25. Strike while the iron is hot!
Lastly but certainly not leastly, let’s not forget Bluegrass Brunch at the illustrious Dakota Tavern where I sing and play rhythm guitar in the prone-to-funtimes group called The Sudden Valley Boys. A favourite with families, kids, elderfolks, and hungover hipsters, this is the perfect way to spend an otherwise banjo-less Sunday morning!
Here are the details for the live shows:
Fridays @ The Cameron House: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Leon Knight & the Neon Lights
Mondays @ The Ace: March 4, 11, 18, 25
Sundays @ The Dakota Tavern 11am-3pm: March 10, 17, 24
Tuesdays @ The Cameron House: March 5, 12, 19, 26
Grapes of Wrath
Tuesday, March 19 — Toronto, ON (private show)
Wednesday, March 20 — Kitchener, ON @ Hacienda Sarria
Thursday, March 21 — Burnstown, ON @ Neat Coffee Shop
Saturday, March 23 — Toronto, ON @ The Dakota Tavern for CMW @ midnight
Hope to see you during my March Madness!
ps Be sure to keep your radar on for a special night on Tuesday, April 23 when I will be a part of a celebration of Roy Orbison’s birthday with my newest band The Black Pearls. Put it in the calendar — it’s gonna be a stunner!
I’m looking forward to the insanity that is Folk Alliance, a music conference that is descending upon Toronto February 20–24. For those of you attending the conference, I will be playing several times over the weekend. Where? When? Here ya go:
Thurs. Feb 21 — 12:30am — Rm 1265
Fri. Feb 22 — 11:50pm — Rm 1265
Fri. Feb 22 — 1:30am — Rm 1067
Fri. Feb 22 — 2:30am — Rm 1265
Sat. Feb 23 — 2:30am — Rm 1265
Keep in mind that Room 1265 is being hosted by one of my favourite Toronto bluegrass groups, The Slocan Ramblers, and is very graciously being sponsored by Creemore Brewing (wink, wink)
I’m excited to announce that I will be performing at the Frostbite Music Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory this February 15–18. It will be my first venture to the Yukon and I will be joined by stellar dobro player, Rob Fenton, who will also be experiencing that part of our vast country for the first time. While I’ve been told I should also return to Whitehorse in the summer, I am quite looking forward to seeing what it is like in the dead of winter. Do I need warmer coat? Why yes. Yes I do.
I’d also like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for making this trip possible!
What fun, what fun! I’m happy to let Torontonians know that they now have a place to spend those elusive Monday evenings. Come to The Ace Restaurant at 231 Roncesvalles and experience the dust cragged chap hoopla known as Leon Knight & the Neon Lights. We play all your favourite country songs you’ve never heard and throw in some foot-stompin’ originals too. And if that wasn’t enough, The Ace has an amazing menu and cocktail selection — come for dinner, stay for the digestive aid of soothin’ an’ croonin’ music. Every Monday night starting at 11pm!
Come out to Toronto’s Cameron House this Friday, October 26th to be the first to witness a new band in the making! I’m excited to be playing with Del Cowsill (bass, rock wails), Miranda Mulholland (violin, magnetism), Nichol Robertson (elec. guitar, musical contortion) and Josh Van Tassel (drums, sage wisdom). See you there!
Oh, and the band needs a name. I put it to you. Whoever names the band gets mailed a scented letter from yours truly.