Patrick Brealey

The music and musings of Canadian songwriter Patrick Brealey


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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