“…filled to the brim with swagger, tenderness, a penchant for percussive clank and above all, charisma.” - HeroHill
“…a swinging roots/country artist whose writing smacks of experience well beyond his years.” - Vancouver Province
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. Patrick’s latest album Mercury in Songbirds (Boompa Records) is a collection of songs born in a different era, raised today and fed by the influence of songwriters like Lyle Lovett, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson. From the early rock and roll swing of “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” to the foot-stompin’ romp of “My End of the Deal” to the crooning heartache of “Something to Do with You”, these songs reminisce of days gone by while carving a distinctive niche in today’s Canadian folk and roots scene.
In the past few years, Patrick has performed at the Mariposa and Eagelwood Folk Festivals; received national CBC radio play; toured from coast to coast in Canada; played multiple dates in New York City; showcased at Toronto’s NxNE Festival and Vancouver’s International Jazz Festival; and participated in the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference (OCFF) and Folk Alliance in Memphis. Recent spots include performances with Jim Cuddy, Serena Ryder, Justin Rutledge, Dan Mangan, Basia Bulat, and The Good Lovelies.
“It’s not often a roots artist emerges who can remind the listener of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band one moment and Chris Isaak the next. But Brealey handles both with aplomb.”
His ability to engage an audience is a signature of Brealey’s live shows. Whether it’s through his clever songwriting, quick sense of humour or soul baring voice, he captivates crowds and moves them to laugh, cry and to join in — a testament to his belief that art is nothing without an audience.
The debut album, City Blood, Country Heart was released in May 2007. This full-length travels a rolling landscape between soul-touching ballads and theatrical rollicks in which listeners find themselves in a world where influences like Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and Neko Case roam. City Blood, Country Heart creates a perfect soundtrack for weekend mornings, sunsets at the cabin or a long drive along a dirt road.
Patrick Brealey is recording his third album in 2012.