Patrick Brealey

The music and musings of Canadian songwriter Patrick Brealey

Category: News

Leon Knight and the Neon Lights

I’m pleased to announce I am part of a new project in Toronto, namely a new group called Leon Knight and the Neon Lights. We are play­ing all of your coun­try favourites along with a few orig­i­nals in var­i­ous loca­tions in Toronto. Unfor­tu­nately, our fear­less band­leader Leon has yet to actu­ally make an appear­ance at the shows but we are con­fi­dent he will show up one of these days. After all, he is on the poster. We like to think we can hold our own quite well though, thank you very much. Stop by if you’re in the area!

Dusting off the cobwebs

Well, here it is. The all-​​new Patrick​Brealey​.com. Take a look around. Report back and let me know what you think. Do you like the colours? Do you like the way things are laid out? Do you like the fact you can lis­ten to music? Look at pic­tures? Make your own com­ments? How exciting!

I went on a cou­ple of tours in 2009. Here’s a wee col­lage to enjoy:

Canadian Albums of 2009

Seems as though the Toronto-​​based blog­sters at Snob’s Music thought my album Mer­cury in Song­birds deserved to be on their list of favourite albums of 2009. Very nice.

Best Cana­dian Albums of 2009.


Well, it’s home again after a month of tour­ing west­ern Canada and attend­ing OCFF, the lat­ter being a week­end of folk festival-​​related com­muning, schmooz­ing and debauch­ery. Indeed.

The trip out west was a blast. My tour­mate, Rob Fen­ton, is not only an incred­i­ble dobro player but a great dri­ver to boot and some­times he even let me have a nap in the pas­sen­ger seat. What a guy. It was a plea­sure to share the stage with Leeroy Stag­ger and the Wild­flow­ers for most shows of the tour. They rock and we all laugh a lot together.

For your read­ing enjoy­ment, click here for a review of the Van­cou­ver show.
And how about click­ing here for a review of the album Mer­cury in Song­birds.

Dutch review

I don’t speak Dutch but it looks as though they like my album.

Dutch review of Mer­cury in Song­birds.

Use this to under­stand it: Trans­lat­ing Made Easy.

Review of Mercury In Songbirds

The good peo­ple at the Hero Hill blog on Canada’s East Coast seem to like the new album. They use words like “swag­ger”, “ten­der­ness”, and “charisma” to describe their feel­ings for it. Read for yourself!

Hero Hill Review

Vancouver Province Album Review

The good folks at the Van­cou­ver Province reviewed my new album Mer­cury in Song­birds rather favourably in my opin­ion. Read it for yourself!

PATRICK BREALEY: Mer­cury In Songbirds

For­mer Van­cou­verite Brealey sure made the right choice pack­ing up his bags and head­ing for Toronto. Where there was once a very lit­er­ate fairly famil­iar singer/​songwriter there is now a swing­ing roots/​country artist whose writ­ing smacks of expe­ri­ence well beyond his years. The band, the Knives, indeed does cut its way through full on rock­ers such as I Don’t Want To Hear Another Love Song to the mar­vel­lous The Devil Didn’t Make Me Do It. Given the sub­ject mat­ter of much of the mate­r­ial, one can’t help but won­der if this is a break-​​up album of sorts. But when he hits near Roy Orbi­son notes in Some­thing To Do With You, you’ll want to croon along. Look­ing for­ward to more from this guy.

Grade: B plus

Mercury In Songbirds Released July 14, 2009

The time is here. The new album from Patrick Brealey is upon us. Let us cel­e­brate and come together in song. Hoo-​​RAH!! Mer­cury in Song­birds takes flight!

Be sure to visit your local retailer to pur­chase or request a copy. Go online to your favourite dig­i­tal store. Come to a show and grab one from Patrick. It’s here!


Upcom­ing 2009 shows:
July 17 — Van­cou­ver, BC — St. James Hall ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
July 18 — Win­law, BC — Cedar Creek Cafe
July 21 — Cal­gary, AB — House Con­cert (email pb@​patrickbrealey.​com for details)
July 22 — Saska­toon, SK — The Hayloft
July 23 — Edmon­ton, AB — The Haven Social Club w/​ Yes Nice
July 24 — Saska­toon, SK — House con­cert (email pb@​patrickbrealey.​com for details)
July 29 — Kelowna, BC — Min­strel Cafe

Pre-​​Order album Mercury in Songbirds and win pickles!

The new Patrick Brealey album, Mer­cury in Song­birds will be offi­cially released on July 14, 2009. I’m putting the final touches on it now and I am thrilled with the results. I hope you will be too.

I am very for­tu­nate to have the oppor­tu­nity to write, per­form and record music and the cre­ation of my sec­ond album has been an excit­ing expe­ri­ence. As much as an audi­ence seeks art to ful­fill a desire to be enriched and enter­tained, an artist needs an audi­ence not only for sup­port but to give life to the art that has been cre­ated. With­out an audi­ence, there is no art.

With this in mind and with a lot of enthu­si­asm, I am offer­ing a select group of Patrick Brealey fans, fol­low­ers and sup­port­ers the oppor­tu­nity to pur­chase Mer­cury in Song­birds prior to its offi­cial release date. What you get when you pre-​​order:

” One Patrick Brealey CD (released July 14, 2009)

” Bonus track: free down­load of a song not avail­able on album!

” Entry to win one of five of Patrick’s home­made pre­serves (includ­ing dill pick­les, spicy green beans, peaches, pears, and red pep­per jelly)

” Exclu­sive access to a secret sec­tion of patrick​brealey​.com

The sug­gested price for the pre-​​order is $20 CAD but you are wel­come to con­tribute more.

Pay­ment options include:
1. Pay­Pal — you don’t need a Pay­Pal account to pur­chase. The credit card option is at the bot­tom left of the browser window.

2. Email money trans­fer to: patrickbrealey@​gmail.​com.
Once you’ve pur­chased, be sure to send your mail­ing address and then wait patiently by your mail­box and email inbox in July. Excit­ing! Every­one loves mail!

Thanks in advance for your sup­port. It is truly appre­ci­ated and I look for­ward to see­ing you again soon.


Mariposa Folk Festival

I’m pleased to announce that the Mari­posa Folk Fes­ti­val has cho­sen me to show­case at their pres­ti­gious week­end of music in Oril­lia, Ontario, July 3–5, 2009. Hoorah! I’d like to thank my oh-​​so pro­fes­sional band­mates — Rob Fen­ton (dobro/​violin) and Ben White­ley (upright bass) — who joined me onstage for an audi­tion that won us a spot at the fes­ti­val and sub­se­quently threw us into the local news spot­light: read the arti­cle here. See you in Orillia!

Next Toronto show: May 6 @ The Riv­oli w/​ Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath) and Two Twenty Two.

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