Patrick Brealey

The music and musings of Canadian songwriter Patrick Brealey

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Do you like the Inter­net? Well, you’re going to like it even a lit­tle bit more when you find out that music by yours truly, Patrick Brealey, is stream­ing for your e-​​listening plea­sure on the media-​​defying web­site, Rdio. What does that mean, you ask? Allow me to explain. For those of you already famil­iar with Rdio, you will know that once you sub­scribe to the ser­vice for a nom­i­nal fee you have access to a seem­ingly end­less library of music from all gen­res and even some in between. Is every­thing that has ever been released to the world acces­si­ble on Rdio? No. I had a hard time find­ing the songs of hump­back whales that came as a floppy record in a National Geo­graphic from the 1980s. But let’s not focus on what isn’t there. Let’s talk about what you can lis­ten to: like ME! Click the logo to start exploring: rdio-icon

March Madness

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. grape​sofwrath​.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:

Patrick Brealey
Fri­days @ The Cameron House: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Leon Knight & the Neon Lights
Mon­days @ The Ace: March 4, 11, 18, 25

Blue­grass Brunch
Sun­days @ The Dakota Tav­ern 11am-​​3pm: March 10, 17, 24

Miranda Mul­hol­land
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!

Hellooo Whitehorse!

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!


New Monday Residency @ The Ace

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!

Check it out here!

Cameron House Fridays

Hey Toronto! Did you know I play at the ven­er­ated Cameron House every Fri­day night 8-​​10pm? Here’s a shot of proof!


Vancouver Shows

I’m look­ing for­ward to head­ing to Van­cou­ver for a cou­ple sum­mer­time shows! Here is the infor­ma­tion. The deets. The dilly-​​o.

Fri­day, August 3 — 10pm-​​1am
Fair­mont Pacific Rim Hotel
3 sets!
I have been play­ing in a coun­try band in Toronto called Leon Knight & the Neon Lights and this will be the first time the band plays in Van­cou­ver. Unfor­tu­nately, our ruth­less band­leader, Leon Knight, can’t make the trip but that’s noth­ing new — he hasn’t shown up to a gig in two years. Regard­less, there will a bar­rage of coun­try hits and misses from the likes of Buck Owens, George Jones, Ray Price, Lyle Lovett, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson.…not to men­tion a bunch of orig­i­nal tunes too!

Sat­ur­day, August 4 — 3pm
ShoreFest at Sun­set Beach, Eng­lish Bay
A set of orig­i­nal tunes to get you all riled up for the fire­works that light up the sky. Boom boom boom!

Look­ing for­ward to see­ing you!

Rufus Does Gum

I’ve always been a fan of Rufus Wain­wright. But now he’s just blow­ing my mind bub­ble! He is a genius.

North by Northeast

That spe­cial time of year is here again when Toronto gets taken over by music indus­try types and hun­dreds of bands try their hard­est to get some­one (any­one!) to lis­ten to them — it’s North by North­east! While I don’t have my own offi­cial show­case, I will be play­ing my reg­u­lar Cameron House gig on Fri­day, June 15 start­ing at 8:30pm in the delight­ful ambiance of the front room. You should come out and lis­ten. I SAID, COME OUT AND LISTEN! (That’s me try­ing to get some­one [any­one!] to lis­ten.) Some­one else you should come lis­ten to is Steven Bow­ers. I will be back­ing him up on piano for his show­case at The Cen­tral on Wednes­day, June 13 at mid­night. He is from Canada’s East Coast and he is really very good. Poetic, even. Look at how he looks at the sky from out­side a barn. Check him out by click­ing here.

Per­haps we will see each other in the madness!

Sparrow Songs

I will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a very unique event on Sat­ur­day, May 19 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. It is called Spar­row Songs: A Coun­try Song String. You can get more infor­ma­tion here. Or read below to get a gist of what the night will hold. I will be one of four vocal­ists per­form­ing songs from a recently dis­cov­ered sheaf of doc­u­ments which included lyrics to a mys­te­ri­ous col­lec­tion of inter­con­nected tunes. We will be backed by a crack band for this one-​​of-​​a-​​kind event, so be sure not to miss it!

“The Spar­row Songs is taken from a col­lec­tion of lyrics housed in the archives of the State of Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity at Tacoma. Eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gists believe that these songs are the only known rem­nants of what was once known as a “song-​​string” – an extinct musi­cal form of the Amer­i­can west. The Spar­row Songs have never before been per­formed publicly.

Song-​​strings were an after din­ner enter­tain­ment in which neigh­bours and fam­i­lies would gather with their instru­ments and set about to make a string of songs. The par­tic­i­pants would take turns adding songs; the chal­lenge being that each song would have to – in some way – relate to the pre­vi­ous song in tone or sub­ject. Ide­ally, the songs would even­tu­ally form a nar­ra­tive. Some­times song-​​strings would develop over a period of years, and achieve great lengths”

For more infor­ma­tion, click here.

Cameron House Interview

Read how I fend off inter­view ques­tions with my rapier wit and épée elan! Do you think I look like William S. Bur­roughs? Because inter­viewer Mike from Cameron House Records did.

Click here to check out the interview!

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