2020 has sure packed a few punches. Like you, we are missing live performances, especially the live music we have so enjoyed sharing with you in our living room. Kudos to those artists and fans who are making virtual shows work. And congratulations to those artists who have used these months of forced pause to create and continue sharing the gift of music with us.
While Classified has never performed at Patchwork, Breagh Isabel has and Classified’s spring release Good News hit the airwaves at just the right time. When I need a little comfort, a reason to smile, I sometimes turn to this song (or rewatch a little Schitt’s Creek). Speaking of comfort, T Thomason‘s Bliss Part II featuring Sarah McLachlan is pure comfort – what we all need right now. Comfort and Joy – the way Ian Sherwood does it.
And what would Christmas be without music and family and friendship? While George and I cannot invite you into our home at the moment, Christina and Dale would like to invite you into theirs….virtually of course. They are having a holiday party (details below) on December 13. You’ll have wrapped up Season 4 of the Crown by then…..
YOU’RE INVITED TO THE MARTIN & MURRAY VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
This holiday season Christina Martin and Dale Murray are bringing holiday cheer to audiences around the world from the Nova Scotia. “We’re preparing some of our favorite holiday covers for this 60+ minute online event and looking forward to interacting with all of you and exchanging holiday traditions,” says Martin. She and Murray will perform all of their original Christmas songs during the event, including the brand new “Kisses for Christmas” (Listen and Watch on YouTube). “Bring your friends and family together virtually to watch, or in-person within your bubble, cozy up with your favourite holiday snacks and socks and let’s connect December 13th.”
Our final house concert of the ‘season’ was meant to take place this week-end and feature Lynne Hanson. The bad news is (of course) that this Patchwork house concert is not happening. The good news is that Lynne will be performing a show on-line from her house on Sunday, May 31 at 5 pm Atlantic time. You can find all the details on her website here.
Please consider supporting Lynne and all the other musicians who have no choice but to share their songs and stories virtually. You can do this by signing up to ticketed events, by sending them tips for performing and by buying their music and merch. Lynne has a new release called Just Words for which she produced a lovely book of poetry.
It is too early to say when Patchwork House Concerts will be able to present again. Please continue to follow us and you’ll be among the first to know.
Best and stay safe, Monique & George Patchwork House Concerts 30 First Ave., Bedford Follow us on twitter & Instagram @PatchworkHConc Like us on Facebook.com/PatchworkHouseConcerts
Celebrate Mother’s Day with Christina Martin! COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of pretty much all traditional events this spring (including, sadly, our shows with Royal Wood and Lynne Hanson) but Christina Martin is committed to sharing some songs and stories with you on May 10 in a special live stream concert that will remind us all that It’ll Be Alright…..
Christina and Dale will perform a one hour house show on Facebook Live beginning at 4 pm on Sunday, May 10: Link
Previously purchased ticket holders can opt to donate their ticket money to the artist or request a full-refund (contact me).
ABOUT CHRISTINA: One of our favourite humans, Christina Martin is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose style has been described as an effortless union between Americana and Rock. “With her vivacious personality, brightly sparkling voice and unerring love of hooky choruses and peppy rhythms, Christina Martin should’ve easily slid into the cool waters of modern pop—if only pop hadn’t become a pimp for our shallowest tastes and sentiments.” (Edmonton’s Vue Weekly).
Things you should know about Christina: – has lived in Austin, Texas – her debut album ‘Pretty Things’ is a pretty thing – has had songs featured in the award-winning British-Canadian two-part drama Sex Traffic (2004) and CBC’s Heartland (2012,2015) – songs from her second album Two Hearts were much loved by my now departed mother – has had many ECMA nominations. Music NS Award nominations etc etc. – has met the Queen of England – has a huge fan base in Germany and the Netherlands – has her own label: Come Undone Records – has been a huge supporter of community-based projects, including Geriatric Medicine Research and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – is the most authentic and hardest working musician you will ever meet – her sixth studio album “Impossible To Hold” (a perfect balance between organic ambience and impeccable production, where music and poetry meet) won the 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award for Pop Recording of the Year – her newly released album, “Wonderful Lie” finds Christina wading effortlessly into the roots rock and Americana sound pool. Among the album’s ten songs, four stand stellar as original Martin compositions.
For all shows the artists take the “door” or the “tip-jar”. Normally, we provide snacks but for this show, you are on your own! I will happily share recipes, ideas and inspiration if requested ….our BYOB policy works as per usual.
Please invite your music-loving-friends and family members (from anywhere) to watch and contribute on Facebook live.
Best and stay safe,
Monique & George Patchwork House Concerts 30 First Ave., Bedford Follow us on twitter & Instagram @PatchworkHConc Like us on Facebook.com/PatchworkHouseConcerts
It will come to no surprise that house concerts, like other gatherings, are being cancelled due to the pandemic. Our show with Royal Wood was the first to go down. Lynne Hanson has just confirmed that she is cancelling her east coast tour so her Patchwork show scheduled for May 31 is also cancelled.
Christina Martin will confirm the status of her show in the coming days.
I know the current situation is affecting a lot of you. It is particularly difficult for artists whose livelihood depends on getting out in front of an audience. So if you are able, please consider supporting these artists by buying their music or some merchandise. There is also the Unison Benevolent Fund, a registered charity which supports Canadian musicians in need.
Powerhouse vocalist Kim Harris returns to Patchwork to share songs from her sophomore album Heirloom. Ahead of its Jan 31 release it had been named one of CBC Music’s 25 Canadian albums to look forward to in 2020. I recently received my copy and it is STUNNING. But don’t take my word for it. Check out this Canadian Beats review.
Kim Harris plays Saturday, March 7th @ 8 pm Doors: 7:30 pm Tickets are $18 and available on EventBrite: here
Oh but wait – that’s not all. The multi-talented actor-singer-songwriter Stewart Legere will be here too – doing an opening set and perhaps a little back-up stuff on Kim’s set.
Oh but wait – that’s not all! This show is close to sold out but our next show is not and it features….ROYAL WOOD! Tickets here.
NOTE: For all shows the artists take the door. We provide the stage (and hopefully a full house of listeners). Snacks are provided (shareable snacks always welcome but not required) as are soft drinks; otherwise it is BYOB.
Bringing music-loving-friends and visiting family members encouraged.
Best, Monique & George Patchwork House Concerts 30 First Ave., Bedford Follow us on twitter & Instagram @PatchworkHConc Like us on Facebook.com/PatchworkHouseConcerts