Rachel Beck & Adyn Townes

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If you caught either or both of these performers during ECMA week (or earlier at the Carleton), you will be as excited as we are to have them perform together in the Patchwork living room.

Rachel Beck released her debut self-titled solo record on March 2nd of this year.  On March 8, its first single Reckless Heart hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20.  You may remember her as one-half of The Beck Sisters, with her sister Amy.  They performed together for four years, sharing the stage with Serena Ryder and Tom Cochrane.  This year, Rachel set out to forge her own musical path and her debut record delivers.

Exposed. Confessional. Connective. These are words that come to mind when listening to Beck’s seven-track debut. Produced and recorded by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake (Jenn Grant, David Myles, Fortunate Ones), the album lures the listener into an ethereal and enveloping soundscape, as the songs take one on a trek across a wide emotional range – from from regret and grief to wonder and joy. “… the team kept the emotion and sensitivity of the songs in full focus, which is no doubt what’s hitting home with a country full of listeners discovering Beck’s solo debut.” (Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian).


At the place where endings become beginnings, you’ll find Adyn Townes. He turned a fall into the ocean and months of recovery into his jumping off point. His music is challenging. Alternative indie-folk with raw and honest lyrics. Like finding your feet just before you fall, his songwriting is the gravity that pulls you back to earth. Inspired by the equal-parts hard and smooth voice of David Gray and the clear electric guitar tones of James Bay, Townes is always pushing the boundaries and seeing how close he can get to the edge.

Currently working on a new album, produced by Colin Buchanan of Paper Lions, Townes (formerly Andy Brown) is focusing on building the foundation. Formulating floor plans and building from the ground up.  Visit the video tab on his website for a sneak peak: http://www.adyntownes.com

Here is your chance to see these two performers in our living room while you still can.  Soon they will be on the big stage……

Rachel Beck & Adyn Townes: Friday, June 8
Showtime: 8 pm; Doors: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20 at the door; RSVP to secure your spots

BYOB.  Snacks offered.  Shareable snacks welcome.  Sharing this email with friends strongly encouraged.

Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
30 First Ave., Bedford
On twitter @PatchworkHConc

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The LYNNeS – Mother’s Day Matinee Show (May 13)

Beautiful harmonies…….

The LYNNeS are Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson.  These two Canadian heartbreak poets are not new to working together, having toured and written songs off and on over the past 10 years, and with Miles having produced two of Hanson’s albums (River of Sand, 2014 and 7 Deadly Spins, 2015).   Both LYNNeS are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), and fuse tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics.  They recently released their debut album Heartbreak Song for the Radio.

I took your words 
Stumbled strummed and hummed along
Hammered till they spelled out
The world’s saddest broken hearted song
– Heartbreak Song For The Radio – The LYNNeS 

The duo adopted an old school approach to recording their album, choosing to record to tape and recording all the bed tracks and many of the vocal and acoustic guitar parts live off the floor.  Each song on the album is a co-write, producing a truly collaborative effort, drawing on the strengths of two Lynn(e), to create a sum greater than two individual parts.

I’m tired of falling for cowboys in the dark 
I’m tired of giving away my heart
Of walking a line that’s always shifting
Being the hero and doing all the heavy lifting
– Heavy Lifting – The LYNNeS 

“[the album] has the kind of spacious, rolling thunder restlessness Bob Dylan attained with Daniel Lanois all those years ago. It’s that good.”  5 stars – Jeff Monk | Winnipeg Free Press 

“Individually, both Lynnes are formidable forces in contemporary country, together they just might be unstoppable.” – Mike Davies | folking.com (UK)


This is a rare opportunity to see these women perform together in an intimate setting.  Treat your mom or yourself and join us for The LYNNeS on Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm.  Tickets $25 at the door.  RSVP to hold your seat  mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com.

BYOB.  Snacks offered and shareable shacks welcome.  Bringing friends encouraged.

Best,                                                                                                                                               Monique & George                                                                                                               Patchwork House Concerts                                                                                                           First Ave., Bedford

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Liam Corcoran & Arsoniste – Saturday, April 28

Halifax based Arsoniste (pronounced “R Sun East”) is the stage name of Rachel Sunter, a piano-singer-songwriter, model, actress and music teacher.  Her style is synth-pop; she uses vocal effects, loops and layered keyboards to transform piano-based songs into rich orchestral pieces.


Liam Corcoran is the former front man of multi-award-winning PEI indie-rock band Two Hours Traffic.  He released his first full-length solo record, Nevahland last fall.  A blend of folk and indie pop, Nevahland weaves stories together that are connecting with audience all over the Maritimes.


Doors : 7:30 pm; Showtime: 8 pm

$20 donation requested at the door – all funds go directly to the artists

BYOB.  Snacks offered; shareable snacks welcome but not required.

RSVP: mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com


Monique & George

First Ave. Bedford

902 434-8355



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Jessica Rhaye – Saturday, March 24

What a beautiful show…….






“Imagine wild camping, waking on a dewy morning, washing your face in a stream – that’s how this record makes you feel.” – AMERICANA-UK.com

New Brunswick’s Jessica Rhaye brings her award winning record Song in Me (her fifth studio album) to Patchwork on Saturday, March 24.  A little country, a little folk, a little americana, Jessica Rhaye has songs that appeal to a wide audience with a voice that will wrap around you like a warm sweater.


Hopefully they appeal to you and we will see you at Patchwork on March 24.

Jessica Rhaye + BAND                                                                                                                       March 24 @ 8 pm                                                                                                                                $25 at the door (all funds to the artists)                                                                                           BYOB / snacks offered                                                                                                                              RSVP: mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com

Best,                                                                                                                                                                         Monique & George                                                                                                                                Patchwork House Concerts                                                                                                                 First Ave., Bedford


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Erin Costelo – TWO shows – Carole King’s Tapestry and other songs








Well this is a testament to the talents of our next performer.  Erin Costelo is, without a doubt, one of the gems of the Halifax music scene and she will perform Carole King’s Tapestry and other songs (twice) at Patchwork on Saturday, February 3 and again on Sunday, February 4.  Initially the plan was to have one show but the response has been, frankly, overwhelming.  BOTH SHOWS ARE NOW TOTALLY BOOKED.

Producer, songwriter, arranger – with a voice like no other, Erin Costelo will bring to life songs from one of her heroes plus songs from her own catalogue, including (hopefully) a few from her current project (which you can read about on her website): http://erincostelo.ca

Saturday, February 3 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $30 per person.

Sunday, February 4 @ 2 pm.  Doors 1:30 pm.  $30 per person.

As is the case with every show at Patchwork, all funds collected go directly to the artist.  You many wish to bring a little extra $$ for a cd or other merchandise.  Events are BYOB.  Non-Alcoholic beverages and snacks will be offered.  Shareable snacks are welcome but not required.

RSVP to mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com with preferred date and number of attendees.  Our Saturday show is close to full.


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Christine Campbell & Blake Johnston – January 13











Happy New Year!  I hope everyone found a little peace and joy and rest over the Christmas holiday season.

We at Patchwork House Concerts are gearing up for another year of great music and we start with someone whose music and energy will totally warm up the house.  Christine Campbell is a power house on any stage and we are delighted to have her back for a third time, and her second appearance with Blake Johnston.

Christine released her new solo album Roller Coaster in March of last year.  It is a stellar album that demonstrates her diverse musical influences – from 70s rock to roots and blues.  From classical piano to impressive guitar solos to full band rock and roll shows, Christine appeals to a wide audience. Check out her website for a few sneak peak videos: https://www.christinecampbellmusic.com/music

Christine will perform songs from Roller Coaster as well as a few older tracks and likely a couple of bonus covers of rock classics.

Saturday, January 13 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $20 per person.

Note: As is the case with every show at Patchwork, all funds collected go directly to the artists.  You many want to bring a little extra for a copy of a cd or other merchandise.  Events are BYOB.  Non-Alcoholic beverages and snacks will be offered.  Shareable snacks are welcome but not required.

RSVP to mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com

Monique & George

First Ave. Bedford

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Ian Sherwood Brings the Light on December 2nd

Beautiful show with Ian Sherwood











If you have attended a show at Patchwork you know that I always say a few words of introduction.  For our last show of 2017, I decided to say many words…….


‘Twas mere weeks before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Our listeners were settled in old Zellers chairs,

In hopes that Ian Sherwood soon would be there.

For our returning audience there was no shock,

For they know that the host likes to hear herself talk! 

With rules of the house and the program all mapped,

And tips for the bathroom where one may become trapped.

House rules are simple: please make yourself at home,

When the artist is singing, no talking on your phone.

The infamous loo is up one flight of stairs,

Another off the kitchen makes it a pair.

Two sets there shall be, with a break of fifteen,

To mingle and nibble and top up your canteen,

And to check out the merch: buy a cd or two.

Heck, with 12 days of Christmas you know what to do!

CDs are small and square, so easy to wrap,

Then on December 24th, you can just take a nap.

No naps here this year, 9 shows we did hold,

Including two in the summer; we were so bold.

Since 2008 we welcomed chaos galore,

Ian’s show tonight makes number 84.

Gabrielle, Laurenn, Dave, and Jont with his band:

Everyone was dancing and the place? She still stands!

Singing She Ain’t Pretty with Kane & Potvin

To Andrea and Kate showing us their Superpowers.

Poltz’s song about socks, and Jeffery’s show when lights did fly,

To the big sweet voices of Dominique and Skye.

We close the year with another Patchwork friend,

Whose new cd is excellent, beginning to end.

And there may just be a few seasonal tunes:

It’s December 2nd folks, hardly too soon.

And then, in a twinkling, the show it will end…..

But don’t rush off, out the door we’ll not send.

For as our guests depart, a wee sadness draws in,

See, the absence of music creates its own din.

We clean up the snacks, if plates are not cleaned fine,

And entertain ourselves trying the leftover wine.

Chairs to the basement, a stage to knock down.

Seeking help from the kids – often met with a frown.

But the effort is worth it for each and every show,

That’s why after 10 years we are still ready to go.

Our January show brings Christine Campbell and Blake,

Then Carole King’s Tapestry, Erin Costelo will make.

Our March show is still much up in the air,

So if you have some ideas, please do share.

Now a wink of my eye and a twist of my head,

Alerts me that you folks want some music instead.

So I will leave you to Ian and finally start this show,

I hope any seasonal song does not bring out the snow.

Join my mailing list, for news of each upcoming act,

I never send poetry – and that’s a fact!

From the Patchwork family, in this season of light

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”




The signs are out there……bags of leaves, the odd flurry, driving home from work in the dark, Parade of Lights upon us…..yep we are fast approaching the Christmas season.  Here’s a little something to ease the transition: Ian Sherwood will Bring the Light (and some Comfort & Joy) to Patchwork on Saturday, December 2nd.

Bring the Light is Ian’s much anticipated fifth studio album.  Released in September, he has been touring this solid record through the Maritimes and Ontario.  Produced by multi-award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell, the album is filled with the same hooky cleverness that has always endeared Sherwood to his audiences. This time, the capable work of Ledwell’s production brings Sherwood’s songs a new dimension of beauty and depth.  Check out the new single, “Firefly”:

Bring the Light delivers contemporary, acoustic, folk and pop sounds with a few bits of jazz thrown in for good measure.  Each of the 12 tracks is solid and the wide variety of sounds makes the record accessible to anyone with an ear for good music.
Guitar, saxophone, prolific songwriting and a voice that won him a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year, Sherwood brings the light to every stage he stands on.  He was named Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was honoured with the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year Award.

Ian also produces for other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville” by Lindsay Kyte.  He also completed the music score for two films that were featured at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax, including “Pearls”, written and directed by Shelley Thompson and “You Ruined Our Life”, written directed by Iain McLeod.

Ian will be performing songs from Bring the Light as well as few jazzed up Christmas songs.  Comfort & Joy indeed!

Saturday, December 2 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $20 per person (all funds to the artist).  BYOB.  Snacks offered. (Are you part of a small office or group in need of a Christmas outing?  This could be it!)

We’ll endeavour to have a tree up to get us all in the spirit…..

Info/Tickets: mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com
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Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
30 First Ave.

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