Patrick Brealey - Mercury in Songbirds

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. And on July 14th, in collaboration with Boompa Records, his release of Mercury in Songbirds provides the perfect pairing to this matchless mix.

An accomplished pianist, agile vocalist, and adept guitar picker, Patrick Brealey is a natural performer. 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 swagger 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.

Having shared stages with Serena Ryder, Justin Rutledge, and Luke Doucet, Patrick Brealey is supporting his release with a national tour that includes a coveted spot at Mariposa Festival:

July 3-5 - Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia, ON - Tudhope Park
July 9 - Comox, BC - House Concert
July 10 - Ucluelet, BC - Wild Heather Books
July 12 - Duncan, BC - Duncan Garage Showroom w/ Archie Pateman
July 13 - Saltspring Island, BC - Treehouse Cafe
July 17 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Hall - CD Release Party
July 18 - Winlaw, BC - Cedar Creek Cafe
July 21 - Calgary, AB - House Concert
July 22 - Saskatoon, SK - The Hayloft
July 23 - Edmonton, AB - The Haven Social Club
July 24 - Saskatoon, SK - House Concert

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