PATRICK BREALEY – MERCURY IN SONGBIRDS
It’s been a busy summer for Toronto-based Patrick Brealey. Following the July 14th release of Mercury in Songbirds (Boompa Records) he toured western Canada, celebrated his release with a party in his second hometown of Vancouver, and landed a coveted spot at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Come September he’s set to hit the road again playing select shows along with a CD release celebration in Toronto.
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. Having shared stages with Serena Ryder, Justin Rutledge, and Luke Doucet, he is an accomplished pianist, agile vocalist, and adept guitar picker. His ability to engage an audience is a signature of his live shows – captivating crowds and moving them to react is a true testament to his belief that art is nothing without an audience. And surely the fact that he offers his own homemade pickles and preserves at his shows doesn’t take away of his charm. (Visit The Dakota Tavern and Henhouse in Toronto to taste for yourself!)
Patrick’s latest album Mercury in Songbirds is a collection of songs born in a different era, raised today and fed by the influence of songwriters like Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits and Willie Nelson. From the early rock and roll swing of “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” to the laid back dobro on “Castaway Heart” and the country heartache of “Please Don’t Love Me with that Love”, these songs reminisce of days gone by while carving a distinctive niche in today’s Canadian folk and roots scene.
Catch him live at the dates below.
Sept 29th – Vancouver, BC – UBC *
Sept 30th – Nanaimo, BC – Queen’s Pub *
Oct 1st – Victoria, BC – Logan’s *
Oct 3rd – Vancouver, BC – The Railway Club *